THE MIAMI HEAT ON THE BRINK OF ELIMINATION: JUST THE WAY THEY DREW IT UP

BY LUIGUI BARRAGAN
 Picture by Lucy Nicholson/The Associated Press

If you are the type of person that looks at things strictly through the lens of home court advantage, then the Miami Heat are right where they should be after playing three straight games in Dallas: down three games-to-two in their best of seven NBA Finals series against the Dallas Mavericks. But in this life things are rarely as simple as that.  Especially when you consider that the Miami Heat didn’t defend their home court in Game 2 of this series, when a Texas-size meltdown by the home team (the Heat were outscored 22-5 in the last 7:14 of the game) allowed the series to shift to Dallas tied at one game a-piece. And with the Heat having lassoed home court advantage back from the Mavericks with a victory in Game 3,  Dallas once again stole a win from Miami in Game 4 by outscoring the Heat 13-7 in the last 7:24.  The truth about this series is that it broke away from the script a long time ago.

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ROLE PLAYERS KEY IN HEAT VICTORY

The “Heatles” Big Three Get By In Game 4 With A Little Help From Their Friends

BY LUIGUI BARRAGAN

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The fans took their places inside the American Airlines Arena in time to see the initial tip.  There was nothing fashionable about being late to this game. With the Miami Heat up two games-to-one on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals, Game Four was a crucial tilt for the Heat, who were looking to “stay the course.”  Ready to derail them, however, were the “young guns” of OKC who came out firing in the first quarter to the tune of 62 % from the field, making 15 of 24 shots.  Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook led the charge with 10 first period points of his own.  So far in this series, the Thunder have relied on their offensive prowess to get back into games rather than break from the pack.  But wanting desperately to shift momentum back to their side, the Thunder opened up a 17-point lead and before you knew it there were only 21 seconds left in the first quarter. Continue Reading →