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The new slogan for the Miami Heat should be “Pick Your Poison”. Although some may say that this slogan has probably been with the team since 2010 when Lebron James and Chris Bosh decided to bring their talents to South Beach and join up with Dwyane Wade.
But on Saturday night at the American Airlines Arena, that mantra never proved more fitting for this team in this young season. Here’s what happened.
It’s night two of a back to back. Just the night before, the Heat were in New York to play the Knicks, a game where the opposing team shot 18 threes to beat the defending champions in Madison Square Garden. It was a game that some Heat players felt shouldn’t have been played because of all the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Nevertheless, they lost and came back to Miami to play the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.
Fast forward to late in the fourth quarter. 14 seconds left to be exact. The Heat are down by one point to the new look Nuggets who have had their way for most of the night. Coach Eric Spoelstra draws something up and sends his guys back in to execute it.
Nobody but the team and coaches know what he’s drawn up. Since 2010 we’ve seen potential game winning scenarios for Mario Chalmers, Eddie House, Udonis Haslem, Lebron and D-Wade. But tonight, Coach has another weapon in his arsenal to play with. His name is Jesus Shuttlesworth. More commonly known as Ray Allen.
14 seconds left. Ray inbounds the ball to Lebron who takes the ball to the top of the key.
12.6 seconds. Lebron dribbles to his left which he often likes to do. Dwyane Wade runs from left to right of Lebron. Ray Allen fades almost quietly to the corner with defender Corey Brewer on him.
10.9 seconds. Lebron is in the basketball key looking as if he is going to go up for the layup. Wade is flanked to his right to catch the rebound in case he misses.
9.1 seconds. As Lebron drives to the basket, Brewer, who is defending Ray Allen, gets sucked in to defend Lebron, leaving Ray Allen open in the corner.
8.5 seconds. Lebron leaves his feet, and passes to Allen. 8.2 seconds. Allen shoots and Brewer, realizing his mistake comes back to defend Allen, only to foul him as he attempts a 3 point shot.
The referee whistle blows signifying the foul. The shot is good. The Heat are up by 3 with 6.7 seconds left. Ray Allen is going to the free throw line. Game, Miami Heat 119-115.
Here. Break it down for yourself.
Pick your poison. The Heat have had that luxury for 2 years now. However with the addition of Ray Allen, this team just became all the more dangerous.
Defenders beware. Choose wisely.
The rings have been distributed. The banner has risen. After all of the pomp and circumstance of the championship celebration, the Miami Heat players began the journey to defend their title.
They did it in typical playoff type atmosphere fashion, beating the Boston Celtics 120-107 in front of a sell out crowd at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat were up at by 19 at one point, but the Celtics fired back and came within 4 points near the end of the 4th quarter.
What stood out mostly on this night? Was it Lebron getting his first ring? Dwyane and Udonis getting their second? Ray Allen facing his former team whom he won a championship with 5 years ago? Kevin Garnett hating? I’ve created a David Letterman-esque top 10 of things that stood out to me.
#10. Heat Win- nothing to see here. Not that it was expected (yes it was), but it’s not always easy when you’re playing your Eastern conference foe. Plus this group of Heat players didn’t want to go out like the Mavericks did last year on their ring night, or like the 2006 Heat team did.
#9. Celtics fight back to within 4 points- Not surprising. The C’s will be ok this season. They are still trying to figure things out as any team would be with a bunch of new parts.
#8. Lebron’s Leg Cramps- It wasn’t exactly like game 4 of the Finals last year, but Lebron was obviously in discomfort. He left the game once only to come back and score 6 points, but then started to cramp up again in middle of the 4th quarter and this time left for good.
#7. Chris Bosh at center- 19 and 10. And yes he outplayed Kevin Garnett on this night.
#6. Star Power at the AAA- Reggie Bush, Usain Bolt, Jimmy Buffet and Flo Rida. Only at an NBA game do you get a variety of star power.
#5. Rajon Rondo “punk move”- In the waning moments of the 4th quarter, Rondo’s clothesline on Wade was met with a smile and a shake of the head from the former finals MVP. Wade said it was a “punk move, but we move forward”. I agree. Let’s move to number 4.
#4. Ray Allen checking in for the first time- As soon as he got up and reported to the scorers table, the crowd went wild. Chants of “We Got Ray” rang through out the arena when he was at the free throw line.
#3. Ray Allen acknowledging the Boston staff/KG’s cold shoulder- Classy move by a classy guy. The staff reciprocated his greeting, but Kevin Garnett barely…check that…didn’t look up when Ray gave him a tap on the shoulder. KG is getting a lot flack for not responding, but I would’ve done the same thing.
#2. Lebron’s smile while holding his ring- priceless.
#1. Ring Ceremony/Banner raising- enough said.
What? What is K.G. mad about? What happened?
Here’s what Kevin Garnett had to say about not having Ray Allen as a team mate anymore.
“I don’t have Ray’s number any more,” Garnett said at the Celtics’ media day at their training center on Friday. “I’m not trying to communicate. I’m just being honest with everybody in here… It’s just what it is.
Pressed on why he cut off contact with Allen, Garnett added, “I choose not to. I choose — that’s a choice I personally made. I told you all, I’m very close to Ray. I know his family. I wish nothing but the best for him and his family. I’m just making a choice on my own. That’s all.”
Garnett, who signed a three-year, $36-million contract extension this offseason, suggested he was not upset with Allen’s decision, but clearly wasn’t thrilled with it after Boston reassembled its core from a season that ended against Miami in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.
“When a guy makes a decision based on him and his family, you can’t ever get upset at that,” said Garnett. “My personal feeling, I won’t put into it. The only thing I’ll say is I wish Ray the best. That’s where it’s at.”
What KG is saying shouldn’t surprise anyone. He’s from the old school of thinking. He’s not from the buddy-buddy school of thought that a lot of NBAer’s have today. If you’re not on his team he doesn’t know you and he doesn’t want to talk to you.
Today’s NBA stars have a lot going on off the court together, and it spills onto the court. The Celtics are the only team that seem to dislike everyone, all the time.
It’ll be interesting to see how Ray Allen welcome’s KG on opening night in Miami.
Today marks the day that the Miami Heat embark on the long road of defending their championship. It was interesting that Coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t want to use the term “repeat” to describe what the Heat could do this year. But we know what the players are thinking and want.
We got the normal talk from the guys. Talk about preparation, how they spent their summers, and what to expect from the season.
Spo, Wade, Lebron and Bosh all took to the podium today to answer questions and face the media for the first time since winning it all back in June. Here are a few pics from what went on and video of Lebron James addressing the media.
Anyone can be an amateur “reporter” now a days. All you need is a camera phone, a twitter account and some witty lines.
It also helps if you live in a city where stars and athletes are everywhere. And that they are eating dinner at the same restaurant that you are in on a Thursday night.
Ray Allen is in search of his next employer, and he is in Miami being courted by the world champions. Adam Birnbaum (@abirnbaum818) is a senior in high school, and while enjoying an evening of dinner with his family he sees executives from the Miami Heat stroll in and grab a table.
Then lo and behold, in comes Ray Allen a few minutes later. His sister (@nicolebirnbaum) and he tweeted some pictures and kept a play by play of some of the happenings.
Funny stuff. And the only stuff that can be done via today’s social media.
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.
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.