June 11, 2011 |
Imagine a basketball team whose three biggest stars have sacrificed money and ego to assemble on one team for the sole intent of winning a championship. Two of those stars' craving for a title was such that they left homes they loved and fans who loved them. The third star made an equally difficult move by stepping aside and welcoming them. Imagine this collection of players then playing an entire season under a national microscope unmatched in the history of team sports. Every itch is documented, every scratch is scrutinized, every star is questioned about every public act, every day is another chance for them to embarrass or enrage.
March 10, 2009 |
Dwyane Wade decided two overtimes were enough, in emphatic fashion. Miami's MVP candidate stole the ball from John Salmons with four seconds left, then made a running three-point shot as time expired to lift the Heat to a wild 130-127 double-overtime win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. Wade -- who finished with 48 points and 12 assists in 49 minutes, shooting 15 for 21 from the field -- made a three-pointer at the end of the first half, then again at the end of regulation.
April 23, 2009 |
Remember how bad Dwyane Wade and his Miami Heat teammates looked in Game 1 of the playoffs? They were that good in Game 2. Wade scored 33 points, 13 straight to close the first half, and banked in a three-point shot with 2 1/2 minutes left to finish off the Atlanta Hawks in a 108-93 victory Wednesday night in Atlanta that evened the series at 1-1. After scoring only 19 points to open the best-of-seven series Sunday in a 90-64 blowout, Wade eclipsed his point total by halftime.
July 8, 2010 |
The Lakers are still the team to beat, winners of two consecutive NBA championships. Or is there a new king of the league? LeBron James' decision to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat grabbed hold of a sporting nation Thursday night, but did it shift the balance of basketball power from Southern California to South Beach? The Lakers see it one way, the Heat surely see it another, and Las Vegas has its own unique view, no surprise. Miami passed the Lakers as favorites to win the championship after James' announcement, according to Jay Rood, race and sports book director for MGM Resorts International.
June 4, 2013 |
MIAMI - It truly is a case in which you can throw out the previous games between the teams. The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs will meet in the NBA Finals, but don't expect the series to resemble their two games during the regular season. In fact, Thursday's series opener is the first time both teams will play one another at full strength. "It's crazy that it worked out this way, that we are both in the Finals," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. What's even crazier is how their regular-season series played out. The teams were supposed to meet in a star-studded, nationally televised game in late November.
February 10, 2013 |
MIAMI — It would add some weight to the charter flight, but the Lakers should look into adding a small piano on the team plane. Kobe Bryant loves to sit and play Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" to calm himself after a bad loss, or a non-energetic victory, and he had that look about him Sunday evening. The Lakers played almost a perfect game through three quarters, led by Bryant, but fell apart in the fourth and lost to the Miami Heat, 107-97, at AmericanAirlines Arena. Bryant spent a long time in a side alcove of the visitors' locker room, partly to ice his knees and partly to talk to Coach Mike D'Antoni about what to do with the Lakers.
June 9, 2012 |
MIAMI - For the Miami Heat, this was more exhale than exultation. The team's hope is that the exulting will follow. For now, there is the mere satisfaction of traversing the long road back to the NBA Finals. With the hope for a better result. A year after falling two games short of the franchise's second NBA championship, the Heat will get its shot at redemption, with Saturday night's 101-88 Game 7 victory at AmericanAirlines Arena finally finishing off the Boston Celtics.
June 9, 2013 |
MIAMI - The previous two series for the Miami Heat were all about matching the opponent's physical play. That hasn't been the case against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. The Heat doesn't expect it to happen the rest of the series, either. "It's a lot less physical," guard Mario Chalmers said. "I'll say that. I feel like Eastern Conference basketball is a lot more physical than Western Conference basketball. When you go against teams like Chicago or Indiana, they're two physical teams.
May 31, 2011 |
Reporting from Miami — After five grueling games against the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference finals, the Miami Heat thought it was done with ground-and-pound basketball. Instead, these NBA Finals, even against the previously high-scoring Dallas Mavericks, well could prove to be more of the same. That certainly was the case Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, when the lowest-scoring first quarter in a Finals opening game in the shot-clock era yielded a grueling 92-84 Heat victory.
November 27, 2010 |
Fear and loathing in Miami (cont.) . . . Actually, the fear is gone although the loathing remains. For all those who began hating the Heat the moment Attila said he was taking his Huns to South Beach, there's great news! Losses! Injuries! ESPN! Phil Jackson! Personally, I don't think the Heat did anything wrong and LeBron James' only mistake, after giving the Cavaliers seven seasons when he could have been out of there in four, was doing that stupid TV show . . . now known as TSTVS by hip fans who shortened the now-ubiquitous Taking My Talents to South Beach to TMTSB.