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NBA Fans Flash Mob (video)

Fans from the four different cities still represented in the NBA Playoffs, and New York (giggle) got together to do a special flash mob dance routine complete with mascots, dancers and basketballs.

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Is it the NBA playoffs or nah?

Things are definitely getting very testy in these conference semifinals and officials are reminding us just who exactly is calling the shots.  The HEAT vs. Bulls series has been very intense thus far with several technicals, ejections, flagrant and hard fouls.  Every series is currently tied 1-1.  Every player seems to be locked in, and it has definitely brought out a lot of emotions.  No matter what team(s) you are rooting for, this has been one of the most exciting playoffs in a long while so far.

We also have a couple of players who are rising to the occasion and making big baskets left and right.  A very underrated Mike Conley for the Memphis Grizzlies is having his coming out party here in the playoffs. Conley, a fearless lefty point guard, is taking his game to the next level and has made it clear that the Grizzlies will go as far as he goes.  And then we have Steph Curry, another guard, of the Golden State Warriors is having the season of his life.  The shots that he has made so far in these playoffs have been unbelievable.  He has just been unreal…to the point where I want him to show us his long form birth certificate.  His stock is definitely on the rise.

We have a very pivotal Game 3 coming up, and I cannot wait for the action.  What are your thoughts on the playoffs thus far?  Who are you picking in each series and for the Finals? Let me hear from you…

 

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Joakim Noah gets the bird

Joakim Noah had had enough of the refs calls against his team. So much that he got kicked out of the game in the fourth quarter for yelling at the refs. In cased you missed the way he was escorted to the locker room….

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About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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NBA Finals Game 3 recap

The Finals have returned to Miami for the next 5 days and the city is buzzing with a lot of NBA excitement. Fans, NBA analyst and the basketball world are all in South Florida, and they were all treated to another great game on Sunday night.

Game 3 turned out to be another nail biter in the American Airlines Arena. The Miami Heat led most of the night, withstood another furious rally from the OKC Thunder, and were able to prevail at the final horn 91-85. Even while shooting 33 percent in the 2nd half, committing 9 turnovers in the 4th quarter alone and shooting 18 percent outside of 10 feet while the combination of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant shot 51 percent.

Lebron James finished another great night with 29 points and 14 rebounds, while Dwyane Wade finished with 25 its, 7 rebounds and 7 assist.

Chris Bosh who was 3 of 11 from the field, had  a great game rebounding and defensively, was asked if the disappointment from last year motivates this team to not let it happen again. He said that “everyday we remind ourselves, we think of that pain that we experienced last year. We carry that pain with us. We think about it everyday, and that helps us to succeed in this series.”

The resolve and the will in this team to withstand everything that is happening to them in game is somewhat amazing considering that all year long analyst and critics said that all these things would be to the Heat’s detriment had they made it this far. Now up 2-1 in this series all eyes will be on Tuesday night to see if the Thunder can withstand the mental and physical wave that they Heat is unleashing on them or will they continue to wilt under the pressure.

Stay tuned.

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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ECF Game 7 recap (photos)

I know that everyone has already moved on from Game 7 in Miami on Saturday night. No thanks to the NBA schedule, and the Heat not finishing off the Celtics in 5 or 6 games like many thought would happen. Media and sports host have already moved on to game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

But for a moment indulge me in my thoughts and pictures of game 7. It was my first game seven in the AAA (I was not here in 2005). The overall feeling I think a lot of Miami Heat fans had going into the game was confidence, with a side serving of nervous as hell. Questions were abound if Lebron could or would have to have a repeat performance like he did in the TD Garden in Boston (no). Would Dwyane Wade have a slow first half again? (yes). Would the role players step up at home? (yes). And would Chris Bosh be effective at all (hell yes!)

As they have done all season, the Miami Heat gave the fans, media and television audience a roller coaster ride. Falling behind in the 1st quarter. Being down double digits late in the 2nd, only to battle back within a few points by halftime. The offense at times looked stagnant. The players looked confused. Wade looked like the Dwyane Wade of the previous umpteen games in the first half…still being patient and waiting for the game to come to him. Lebron? Well after his 45, 15 and 5 performance in game 6, he looked human (that being 32, 11, and 7).

Fast forward to late 3rd quarter, it was like a tennis match. You score, I score. You turnover, I turnover. You defend, I defend. In the end, the Miami Heat prevailed. Call it the old legs of the Celtics or the masterful 4th quarter defense of the Heat, they prevailed.

Here’s how the Miami Heat faithful in the audience were feeling with about 6 minutes left in the 4th

And when it was all said and done, the ECF trophy for 2011-2012 remained with the Miami Heat

Heat team members, family and officials gather for the trophy presentation

Heat owner Mickey Arison with Doris Burke

Udonis Haslem prepares for his 3rd NBA Finals

 

After the fanfare (or lack thereof) of the presentation, it was onto the podium. The first person was Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers. He is the personification of class and professionalism. I just wished some of his players were the same. He was emotional in defeat, knowing and thinking that this may be the last run his “Big 3″. He gave praise to the Heat and Erik Spoelstra and was gracious in defeat.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers talks about his players

Speaking of class, Rajon Rondo shows none of that, on the court or off. It wasn’t until later that I found out that he (along with Kevin Garnett) left the court with about 11 seconds left and didn’t congratulate the Heat players after the game. And while he was at the podium, he gave one word answers and was very unfriendly.

Rajon Rondo talks to the media

 

Undoubtedly the player of the game, Chris Bosh came up big for the Miami Heat. Coming off the bench was something new for Bosh, but he was ready to do whatever the team needed. And in a strange sort of way, this may prove to be the Heat’s no so secret weapon against the Thunder in the Finals.

Chris Bosh addressing the media after game 7

 

Finally Dwyane Wade and Lebron James address the media. It goes without saying that these guys along with Bosh will be key in a Heat victory.

For giggles, here’s a picture of the cart that is used to transport the players from locker room to media area. It’s a good thing these guys are close friends. And now we know why Bosh doesn’t do the podium at the same time as them. There’s no room on the ride!

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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Kevin Garnett bows James Jones (video)

On this Miami Heat team, there is an enforcer by the name of Udonis Haslem. “U” is a warrior, the ultimate protector for his team and his city. He is a 3-0-5 representer to the fullest.

What some folks also don’t realize is that James Jones is no pushover either. He’s a Miami boy too, playing both his high school and college ball here.

He isn’t one to mess with either, as Kevin Garnett quickly found out.

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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Dwyane Wade’s block on Ray Allen

As soon as Ray Allen stole the ball and was headed toward the basket with Dwyane Wade in pursuit, everyone knew what was going to happen. Even Ray.

You see, Wade is the leagues best shot blocking guard and the Heat fans know this too. It’s kind of like Lebron James chasing down an opponent and you know James is going to block the shot from the back? That’s what folks anticipated on Wade’s block of Ray Allen.

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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Lebron James laughs in the face of Kevin Garnett

Game 1 in Miami. The Boston Celtics showed up tired and beaten down from their 7 game series with the Philadelphia 76ers. Ray Allen has no lift. Paul Pierce had not drive. And Kevin Garnett had no answer for Lebron James.

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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The “Malice at the Triple AAA?” A look at Pacers-Heat series

On Tuesday night at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, there was a very highly animated basketball contest between the Pacers of Indiana and the Heat of Miami.

Ha. To say the least?! This game was reminiscent of old school basketball 80’s style. Hard fouls, blood and a lot of chippiness.

Let’s review shall we?

Before this series even started, Indiana coach Frank Vogel said that the Heat are…

“They are the biggest flopping team in the NBA,” Vogel said. “It’ll be very interesting to see how the referees officiate the series and how much flopping they reward.”

Whatever. Starting in game one, Danny Granger decided to become a fake tough guy, hassling and trying to provoke Lebron James into some sort of fight.

Then in game three, Pacers bench mob and rookie Lance Stephenson did this while Lebron James was at the free throw line. Juwan Howard didn’t like that too much and decided to approach him during the teams shoot around before game 4. All seen in this video here…

Ok…so it’s pretty much established that the Pacers are trying to bully the Miami Heat. Now forward to Tuesday nights game 5 at the AAA.

Tyler Hansborough fouls Dwyane Wade

then..

Udonis Haslem welcomes Tyler Hansborough to the 305

and then…

Dexter Pittman shows Lance Stephenson a real choke sign

Call it what you want but don’t call it unfair. It’s up to the NBA league office to decide if Udonis Haslem, or Tyler Hansborough or Dexter Pittman (likely) will be suspended for game 6 or more. The twitter-sphere was going crazy as to who will be suspended and for how long. I will say this…

If you suspend Haslem, you must suspend Hansborough. Both fouls, in my opinion, were questionable and could be seen as flagrant 2’s. The media (ESPN) keeps mentioning Haslem as if he is the only one guilty of wrong doing.

Pittman…I’ll give you that one. He set out to show Stephenson what a choke job is really about.

And then there’s David West who says this after the game

David West said he felt a Heat player went for his knee at end of 3Q. Said “that’s part of the game” and “I don’t need anyone to protect me

Fine. Let’s play ball. By the way, Stephenson is ok. No concussions or anything broken. Except his pride.

Game 6 in Indiana will be something to watch. I feel as if the Pacers are losing it late, they will try and provoke any Heat player to some sort of action so that they may be suspended for the next round. The Heat need to do all they can to keep their heads on right (literally and figuratively) and just get the win and get out.

Stay tuned..

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.

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Miami Heat & announcer apologizes for remarks towards Amare Stoudemire

The last time Amare Stoudemire was in the American Airlines Arena, he left us with a bloody hand and a broken fire extinguisher.
Last night when he fouled out of the game with about 5 minutes left, he was reminded of it as he walked off the floor.
Miami Heat PA announcer Mike Baiamonte, who has been doing that job for 22 years and is known for some of his colorful phrases said

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Offensive foul on the Knicks!! On Amare Stoudemire. That’s his sixth…he’s been extinguished from the game!

That…was…great! I love a good line from a PA announcer! That’s a classic line that should go down in Heat-Knicks rivalry history!!

But the Miami Heat, the class organization that they are decided that an apology was in order and releases this

Last night at our game, our PA Announcer had a momentary lapse of judgment and used a poor choice of words in describing Amar’e Stoudemire’s fouling out of the game. This is not who we are as an organization or who he is as an announcer. Both the Miami HEAT and Michael Baiamonte apologize to Amar’e and the New York Knicks for the inappropriate choice of words.

I doubt Mike B. will lose any money or his job over this. Riley probably pulled him into the office, gave him a glass of wine and had a good laugh over it.

Kudos to Mike B!

About Ed

Ed is one half of the Sports Brothers. He has been in the radio industry for 14 years working in several formats including urban and talk. Upon returning to Miami in 2006 and working at WTPS, he and Jeff Fox were paired up and started The Sports Brothers.