Skip to comments.Miami Heatís dream is coming to a crashing halt
Posted on 06/13/2014 7:53:28 AM PDT by laotzu
The Heat looks like a team out of answers, and worse, out of belief. The Heat looks like a team out of hope, and just about out of time.
Miamis dream of a third straight NBA championship is expiring, and it is not doing so nobly, but rather wrapped in something uncomfortably close to embarrassment. This is not ending as much as it is crashing with the sound of something broken. Something shattering.
You heard booing in the downtown bayside arena Thursday night as the Heat was crushed 107-86 in a Game 4 Finals loss that put the Spurs in 3-1 command heading back to San Antonio.
A two-time defending champion chasing a three-peat, booed by its own fans, in its own building, in an NBA Finals. The booing was neither sustained nor loud, but you heard it, and it was a jarring sound, like heckling in church.
Miami must now make history to win this series and keep its budding dynasty intact. No team in league history has overcome a 3-1 Finals deficit to win. None. Not once. And the Heat must now win three games in a row two in San Antonio against a Spurs team that just dominated Miami at home for a second straight game.
Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who sat courtside, reportedly lost $2.6 million on Thursday night by betting on Miami to win.
They smashed us, said LeBron James.
Whipped our butt, said Dwyane Wade.
And it was too obvious to ignore that James came here from Cleveland to get away from the very situation that enveloped him Thursday night:
Being a superstar alone.
Having no help.
(Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com ...
Three more games left. Plenty of chances to come back ...
Although I have not yet seen any team winning a 7 game NBA finals being down 3-1.
But hey, history can be made....
Last year, the Spurs tried to play Miami’s game: pushing all the focus on Duncan. This year, it’s all about the teamwork that got them here. I love it when my gut feeling is better than the official predictions.
What an idiot. He must have placed that bet before Game 3.
I suppose the Heat theoretically have a chance. But after the way they had their asses handed to them by the Spurs these past two games it's clear they are being outcoached, outhustled & outplayed by a much better T-E-A-M.
Even if the Heat win game 5 it’s over.
The Spurs team that emphasizes ‘team’ basketball with one of the greatest coach in Pop and having dominated and put on a clinic in 3 out of the 4 games and wanted Miami again for revenge from last year where they were seconds away from a championship are not going to lose 3 straight.
This is one of the reasons why spectacularly successful atheletes end up broke by the time they are 40-45 despite earning millions during their career. In the boxing world Mike Tyson comes to mind.
My favorite sport is College Backetball. My least favorite is the NBA. I cannot understand why anyone would pay to watch an NBA game.
Doesn’t hurt to be able to shoot the lights out.
San Antonio is a better shooting team. They are also a better defensive team.
Give Lebron his 30 and shut down the rest.
Others: They smashed us, said LeBron James. Whipped our butt, said Dwyane Wade.
Who should we believe?
And a coward. He could have silenced all critics by simply signing to fight Manny Pacquiao. All his talk would have been ignored if he would have put his ass on the line.
But he knows he would lose so he's been ducking Manny relentlessly and making excuse after excuse. He'll only fight Manny after Manny is past his prime if at all.
LeBron is quitting on Miami like he quit on the Cavs in his last game there.
Because not everyone's team sucks.
Happy for Duncan.
It's not the teams. It's the game. NBA ball differs vastly from the college game. Slam dunks should be a 1 point score. Either that or the rim should be at 12 feet. The personality disorders that go on display by overgrown adolescents before, during and after the games are cringe worthy at the very least. I could go on but if you love the NBA experience, you'll still be unconvinced.
LeBron had 19 points in the 3rd quarter of last night's game, when the Heat were down by 20. He needs some help from Wade, Bosh, and others to win another game in this series. I'm not a big fan of LeBron’s, but he didn't quit last night until it was clear, with about 6 minutes left, that he wasn't getting enough out of his teammates to close the gap.
Having said that, I take considerable pleasure from watching an “old school” team like the Spurs whip up on a flashy “dream team.”
I love college basketball but the past few years it has been horrible. Most of the kids can’t score and its not because of great defenses around the country, its a lack of fundamentals. The NBA has drastically improved over the years and that’s a fact and the games have typically been exciting for the most part in the playoffs. Yes they are super athletes that can dunk over one another but if you don’t have fundamentals in the NBA then you are either sitting on the bench most of the time or not playing in the league at all. People tend to half a nostalgic view of the NBA in the 80’s and mid 90’s but the past few seasons are not far behind saved for the weakeness of the Eastern Conference
Fair enough. I grew up in San Antonio, and watched the ABA Spurs play in Hemisphere Arena.
It is not so much that I love the NBA experience, but heh, the Spurs make the playoffs(or better) every damn year.
Except for the one season before we fired that freak Rodman, the Spurs have always been low key, gentlemanly ball players.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of thugs . . .
What is the purpose of the season when more than half the teams (16/30) get into the playoffs?
And don't get me going about the lottery picks in the draft...
I did not watch the game last night (commented on FR instead), but I had a growing anxiety as my husband explained it to me this morning. Maybe I have become too politically paranoid, but how come the NBA has not been infected with the accusation of racism?
A white coach demanding total cooperation with his mostly black players. They barely speak. They differ to him completely. They aren’t allowed to be colorful after a successful shot. Everyone has to pull their weight; no slacking.
Pure meritocracy must be stopped, right, isn’t that how they want it. Where is their openly gay player? Isn’t it time a black man to coach their team? How come they aren’t using their time in the limelight to voice grievances against white people, heterosexuals, people who can afford tickets, teams from red states.
Really, it is so pure. I do really admire Popovich and his team. Go Spurs!
My husband also emphasized to me, that they passed a lot, a strategy to make each player contribute rather than have just one star making all the points. Ego is subsumed for team cohesion and advancement.
He also said they were focused, disciplined and humbled, not wanting to explain, predict or crow after the game. They are in the zone until the last decisive game.
Did you ever stop to consider that by not fighting Manny Floyd is allowing Manny to pretend that he actually had a chance of beating him?
If there are cheerleaders, then it is a sport.
Thank-you. I shall also has it to my husband.
One extremely underrated four-letter word is part of why the Spurs exemplify a pure aspect of the game. The word is pass.
As LeBron James admitted: They put you in positions no other team in the League does. His reference was how the Spurs passed the ball to the weak side so quickly as part of a precise offensive set that the Heat did not get into the correct defensive position.
Two words explain how that happened: Greg Popovich. He is widely regarded as the best coach of grown men on the planet for a reason. He watched the first two games of the series. He saw his Spurs lose home court advantage and how they could have been down 0-2 but for LeBron James cramping amidst arena air-conditioning failures. He then did what great coaches do make adjustments. Pop inserted Boris Diaw into the starting lineup because of his passing skills. Then Pop reconfigured some plays so that in essence, as LeBron also admitted, the Spurs were transformed into having 4 players with point guard passing skills.
It’s true. What the Spurs have been able to do out of little San Antonio is amazing. It’s like Buffalo being in the hunt year after year in football.
The only thing I can think of that’s close is maybe Oakland in baseball. One of the lowest payrolls in the MLB, in a festering toilet of a city, and all they do is make the playoffs every year.
Here’s something people tend to overlook about the Spurs as a T-E-A-M — LOYALTY and COHESION.
Their 3 top players have been there for 10 years or more — Duncan, Parker and Ginobilli.
For 17 years Tim Duncan has worked at his craft. After this game, Duncan now has more double-doubles than anyone in the history of the game, passing Magic Johnson. And he passed Kareem Abdul Jabbar for most minutes played in NBA playoff history.
Coach Popovich preaches playing the game the right way and being consistent in doing it. And the team’s owners support him all the way. This is one well run organization.
“A white coach demanding total cooperation with his mostly black players. They barely speak. They differ to him completely.”
I read an article which differs somewhat from this. During timeouts when Pop is strategizing the next play, he doesn’t bark commands. Instead he asks questions, and the answers he gets from the players determine what they’ll do.
Also, Pop is an ex-military intelligence officer, so he uses info to plan his battles.
Couldn't agree more. Tim Duncan impresses me. He's a low key, articulate gentleman. And opposed to a great many other players in the league, has near perfect diction. Though not a Spur, David Robinson is another person cut from the same cloth.
Indeed. MLB has been plagued with this phenomenon for decades. Can you say Bill Buckner?
Who the heck taught him to field a ground ball that way? When I was a kid, my dear departed father (who played with the Brooklyn Dodgers for about a week) used to drill me in the back yard on proper fielding techniques.
He was most disdainful (to put it mildly) when Buckner booted that ball. I have seen many instances like it since. The other major sports are no different...except for NHL hockey. It seems you simply don't make the big show there without a grasp on fundamentals.
Basketball? It would seem that countless hours spent on a city or playground asphalt court is considered appropriate training for a college and a Big League career.
Yes. But then I rejected the premise because if they had fought when they first had the opportunity, Manny would have beaten the snot out of Floyd. Yes...my opinion...but I'm confident I am not wrong.
Ha ha haaaa that’s a Sperns fan for ya.
You did have it handed to you in ‘07 by Donnelly the cheating ref and the Sperns daddy, Commissioner Spern.., I mean Stern. Plus the one during the strike year is tainted too. But if you need those two to feel good well...go right ahead
You were worried though.
Congrats on them already winning this championship this year.
Three games left ONLY if they win. One/one/one, in a sense doesn’t equal three, strangely enough.
See how much attention I pay to the NBA?
You'll never get me into bed with that kind of hygiene.
Congrats on winning the 2014 NBA title
We are still one win away, but; thank you. That was very gracious.
Did Manny beat the snot out of Juan Manuel Marquez? From what I remember they had a few close decisions then Marquez knocked Pacquiao out cold. This is the Mayweather-Marquez fight after a 21-month layoff. Even with ring rust it's like a pro fighting an amateur. What makes you think Pacquiao would fare any better?
No, congrats, you won, it’s over. Don’t even watch the next game.
The SPURS ARE 2014 NBA CHAMPIONS RIGHT NOW IT’S OVER!!!
They cannot lose.LOL
Towel boy, you are going to have to start making some sense.
No grace. No grace at all.
I would think that they would be helping FEMA to set up reeducation camps and constructing gallows for those determined to be too far gone...
“Indeed. MLB has been plagued with this phenomenon for decades. Can you say Bill Buckner?”
Billy Buckner letting the ball go through the wickets in 1986 WS on bad pins after playing in the majors since 1969 is your example of coming up through the minor leagues with no fundamentals?
The sports with super popular free minor leagues are the ones that produce the prancing thuggish jerks for the pros. Baseball minor leagues generally weed out the jerkwads, you are not a superstar.
Can’t wait to see these guys lose. I never liked their “spend to win” tactics. And the way James gave Jordan “the look” earlier in the playoffs (or was it in the regular season?) made me dislike him all the more. He will never be on the same level as Jordan.
The Spurs have won!! There is no way they can lose this series. Are you having doubts? Lol