Heat vs Hawks in Pre-season Opener
The Miami Heat are about to embark on the defense of their NBA Championship, a sweet thought for
Heat fans. What’s even sweeter is the strong possibility that this team could find their way to
several titles over the course of the next few seasons. Tonight we’ll get our first peek at the new
Miami Heat,a team that should be just a little more confident over the course of the season. All the
questions have been answered. We know LeBron James can blossom in the post-season, something we
didn’t know last year. We know that James, when called upon, can play any position on the court.
We also know that Chris Bosh is capable of manning the middle, though he’s shown some reluctance to
do so. The playoff run of 2012 pushed the Miami Heat into new territory and forced some key players
to re-evaluate their roles. All of them pretty much accepted the circumstances and responded within
the framework of the franchise goals. All were rewarded with championship rings. So as we head into
the 2012-13 NBA season we can have some confidence that we won’t be dealing with too many
personality conflicts on the Miami Heat.
Miami Heat Tickets – The 2012-13 Preview
Miami Heat tickets delivered a huge payday last season as the Heat finally gained vindication and earned an NBA Championship. But let’s remember that when the team was assembled fans were promised not just an NBA Championship but an NBA Dynasty. So the challenge for the Miami Heat in the 2012-13 NBA season is still there, to live up to the promise of multiple championships while the Big Three are still together. Offseason moves have made it pretty clear that the management of the Heat are intent on constant improvement and evolution.Which is a good thing because the Miami Heat are still a work in progress.
NBA Finals Tickets – Heat Have It in the Palm of their Hands
If you’ve been waiting for the Miami Heat to nail that NBA Championship you’s better hustle up some tickets. This thing could all be over after Thursday night. At the very least, the Miami Heat have three games left and they only have to win one of them. Miami has carried one advantage with them all season and that’s the advantage of home court in American Airlines Arena. They’ve done what had to be done, winning once in Oklahoma and now they have to press their advantage.
I must admit that when I watched portions of the early going I didn’t think we’d be where we are right now. A dismal 1st quarter have me thinking we’d have to win this thing on the Thunder home court. But the beginning of the second quarter changed everything. A quick run narrowed a 17-point deficit and set the Miami Heat up take control of the game. But there were scary moments at the end. A hobbled LeBron James still managed to nail a three-pointer that broke open a tie game. On the bench, James watched his teammates do just enough to escape with a 104-98 Game 4 win that puts them one win away from their ultimate goal, an NBA Championship.
Now Game 5 looms and the Heat have to avoid a letdown. As streaky as these playoff series have been it wouldn’t be out of the question to see Oklahoma City begin to Thunder their way back. And winning in OKC hasn’t been easy for any road teams this season. But with three shots at winning this thing I like the Heat’s chances.
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Thunder at Heat – Game 4
Well, the Miami Heat carpe diemed the heck out of that one. Just when I was afraid that the Heat would give up the home court advantage in a letdown from their big win on Oklahoma City, they prove me wrong. Not that proving me wrong is that big a task or that it doesn’t happen on a daily basis mind you, but having Miami hold their ground, and watching the Oklahoma City Thunder struggle in the latter half of the game, made me feel better about the chance of an NBA Championship coming to roost in Miami.
What’s being pointed out in the media, and with good reason, is the confidence James seems to be putting on display on a nightly basis now. If you can recall the painful experience of last season, LeBron James was skewered by the press for not pushing the issue and taking the big shots. It seems to have sunk in and now the King is putting the ball in play when the crunch is there.
In this game it was the Miami Heat that put on the big push when things looked bleak. With Oklahoma City leading by 10 in the 3rd quarter, Miami stepped up the pace and somehow put Durant on the bench. A 3-pointer by Wade, a foul on Durant and suddenly the Miami Heat ruled this game, giving themselves enough cushion to hold off any chance of a successful rally.
From here we wait till Tuesday night and the second of three straight games in American Airlines Arena. It’s stunning to think the Heat could end this thing before it even gets back to Oklahoma City. Miami has the Oklahoma City Thunder on the defensive now and that’s where they need to keep them.
Miami Heat vs Oklahoma Thunder – Game 3 – The Way Early Scenarios
Just because this is first doesn’t mean it’s what I think is most likely. But we have to look at the facts. The Miami Heat are barely above .500 in road games this season. If there’s anything that makes me nervous it’s this. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who have been great at home to the tune of 26-7 in their own arena, are obviously a team that can carry their game on the road. The Miami Heat on the other hand, don’t seem to play well without the home crowd spark. yes, they did it in Boston but one game does not a pattern make and the overlying weave to this fabric is that the Miami Heat thrive in American Airlines Arena and simply exist elsewhere.
It’s hard to understate how much a win in Oklahoma City in game 2 would mean for the Miami Heat. Coming back to Miami at 1-1 is such a huge advantage, both statistically and mentally, that it could change the focus of the series. The Miami Heat will have to win in Oklahoma City to capture an NBA Championship. Doing it in game 2 means Game 3 takes on a different complexion, one of confidence and momentum, rather than playing with their backs to the wall. While it would be premature to write off the Heat’s chances if they’re 0-2, you have to be honest with yourself. It won’t look good at the beginning of game 3 if they aren’t 1-1.
So Game 3 between the Heat and Thunder takes place Sunday night. The Miami Heat may have the advantage or they may not. If they do, it has to be pressed. Falling behind to this Oklahoma City Thunder team, who seem to thrive on adversity, wouldn’t be good.
Miami Heat Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals
The Miami Heat put on a pretty decent performance for the first three quarters of this game in Oklahoma City but couldn’t finish the job as Kevin Durant took over the fourth period and the Oklahoma City Thunder grabbed Game 1 of the NBA Finals 105-94. I sat and watched the early part of the game in the dining hall and it seemed to me that Miami had things well in hand. But just like last season, the Miami Heat just couldn’t seem to adjust, LeBron James faded at the finish, and the Heat find themselves in the hole early in this NBA Finals.
So now we’ll have to wait for Thursday night to see if the Heat can gain any advantage in this series. They’ll have to. Just winning at home in American Airlines Arena won’t be enough, the same way just reaching the NBA Finals isn’t enough for this franchise. Since the inception of this Miami Heat roster there have been no bones made about what was good enough and what wasn’t. Designed from the ground up to win an NBA Championship, LeBron James and Co. have done everything you could ask of a championship caliber team, except win a championship.
Heading back to Miami at 0-2 wouldn’t be the end of the world but it would certainly be a bummer. Miami has another opportunity to put the ball in the court of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that’s proven itself to be extremely resilient and not at all intimidated by large deficits, especially on their home court. After beating San Antonio this Thunder team feels like they can beat anyone. And they can.
Miami Heat – NBA Finals Tickets – Looking for Redemption
The Miami Heat have their shot at redemption, having beaten the Boston Celtics in a climactic Game 7. What’s the hottest thing in Miami right now? NBA Finals tickets. Let’s be blunt about this right here and now. The Miami Heat have their work cut out for them with this Oklahoma City Thunder squad. It all begins Tuesday night and continues throughout the course of the next week or so.
Miami has faced some tough teams in this playoff and they’re going to face their toughest test yet against the Thunder. This is a team that play a physical game but can finesse when they have to. They’ve also got a home record that matched that of the Heat and probably play better on the road. The Heat will have to find a way to elevate their game in Oklahoma City where it’s going to be toughest. The Thunder have been unstoppable at home. They’ve also been forged in adversity, having knocked off a San Antonio Spurs team that most NBA fans would have bet their house on, a team on a 20-game winning streak before Kevin Durant and Co. found their steam.
And so for the second season in a row NBA Finals tickets take center stage in Miami. This is a do or die second chance for Miami. Win and they’ll be vindicated in their attempts to bypass the usual NBA development program. Lose and it’s just another failed experiment.
will play the Oklahoma City Thunder
Miami Heat has a great advantage to be the NBA 2012 Champions against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals. This series will feature some of the greatest players in the game with talent just overflowing at four of the five positions, center being the sole exception. Oklahoma City Thunder are defined by energetic youth but Miami Heat gets another chance to silence its critics against a team that will bring a vastly different style than the experienced, defensive oriented.
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2012 Boston Celtics at Heat Tickets – All the Marbles
All the marbles are now down on the table for the Eastern Conference Championship and the right to play in the NBA Finals. the Miami Heat won a big Game 6 on the road in Boston last night on the strength of 45 points from LeBronJames.
45 points is a masterful performance. But make no bones about it, it’s what expected from King james and if his newest attempt to put an NBA Championship in the hands of the Miami Heat falls short, doubts will be raised about the whole enterprise, coaches will fall, and the airlines will be packed with tall athletes headed for another shore.
But that’s all speculation. Right now the word is: Win. One victory, at home in American Airlines Arena, and the Miami Heat will be in their second consecutive NBA Finals. The key here is re-establishing the dominance of AAA, which Miami allowed to slip away in Game 5. They’ve overcome a major obstacle by winning on the road and re-gaining home court, but the Boston celtics will in no way be intimidated by having to win in Miami. they’ve done it before and in this series.
So the Miami Heat stand on the edge of something great, with an opportunity to get back to an NBA Finals, where hordes of fans believe they should have won last season. Vindication is at hand and it has to happen in game 7 and beyond. It’s still too early to look ahead at the challenge posed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, so let’s focus on this next one, for all the marbles.