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May 16, 2014

Indiana wants us. Lord we gotta go back there. Predict the Heat-Pacers series. New poll. Vote now!; plus Michael Jackson & more

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HEAT-PACERS. IT'S WHAT WE'VE EXPECTED ALL SEASON. YOUR SERIES PREDICTION GOES HERE: There was an inevitability to this, right? Even when the Pacers were struggling. Even when Roy Hibbert had gone invisible, which is tough for a guy 7-2. You still knew it would be Heat-Pacers in the Eastern Conference 1aa1aecffinals for a shot at the championshup round. For Miami the postseason intensity has been escalating -- as it should. The first-round sweep over Charlotte was perfunctory and dull. The last round vs. Brooklyn was 4-1 but contentious, flavored by old rivals Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in different colors. Now? Now it really gets good. How hungry are the Pacers? Two years ago Miami ousted Indiana in the semifinals in 6 games, after the Pacers led 2-1 and were home. Last year Miami ousted Indy in the conference finals in 7 games. But the rematch -- commencing Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Indianapolis -- finds the Pacers with home-court advantage. Despite that Miami should be the series favorite, despite the home-court thing and despite the perception Hibbert is a particuylar nightmare for LeBron James. To the latter point I might note that James led Miami in  scoring all seven games in last year's ECF, averaging 29 points. (If that's struggling, struggle on!) Anyway, enough of me. Your turn. We do this before every series. How will Heat vs. Pacers series turn out? Not what you want to happen, but what you honestly think will. Vote and say why.

Poll result: You were torn on Pacers-or-Wizards: We asked and it was 50.7 percent favoring Washington as the next Heat opponent and 49.3% saying Indiana. However, the margin for the Wizards was running in the 56% range -- you preferring the easier series to the more exciting one -- before votes for the Pacers surged as Indiana won last night.

A SONG WITH INDIANA IN THE TITLE (BUT NOT THAT ONE): Indiana has not inspired many memorable songs. The biggest was "Indiana Wants Me," which made a one-hit-wonder of one R. Dean Taylor in 1970. ("Indiana wants me, Lord I can't go back there...") But that's too obvious. So I'm sharing with you instead the somewhat funkier "Goin' Back to Indiana," with Michael Jackson rockin' the 'fro with The Jackson 5:


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Tough upcoming series for the heat, See it Heat in five,Maybe 6, Gotta figure the Pacers will win one of the first two in there own arena,,,
Wish the heat would have won 2 more during the regular season...
Oh well............. GO HEAT

The pacers have woken up and they hate the heat. This will be one tough series. If Lebron does not get help more often than what has happened in the first 2 rounds, watch out.

Cote, you should take Abraham Lincoln's sage advice.

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

"Indiana has not inspired many memorable songs."


Bro, how do you manage to get a paycheck from the Miami Herald every month?

Song, "Back Home Again in Indiana." One of the most famous songs in American history, sang every single year before the start of the biggest automotive race in the world, the Indianapolis 500.

Now this is what you call altruism in the 21st Century.

I would have ordered a double Jimmy 15 year old single malt aged in sherry casks and thanked this dude for the round.

Only in America.


Sterling's wife seems like the type of broad who likes a good fight. Her husband seems to as well this is going to get ugly for the Clips and the NBA.

The one sure fire way of getting Sterling to sell is for the NBA to station that Mongoloid alien looking freak, Commissioner Silver in front of Sterling's house until he sells. I have nightmares about Silver since his famous press conference. The most incredible aspect of his 15 minutes of fame was that he didn't break every camera that they used in the studio that day. Silver couldn't get laid in a Nevada brothel even if he showed up at front door with Donald Sterling and his 2 billion dollars, AND Sterling's butler Roscoe carrying a suitcase filled with two.five large in small bills and a key of uncut Peruvian flake.

I have a funny feeling this guy sterling has got some dirt on some of these other owners, and he is telling them he will tell anybody that will listen. this guy is not going away any time soon. At his age, I think he will fight the league till he dies.

If Silver did show up at that Ranch in Nevada they would likely call the Air Force to report that a UFO had landed nearby.

I would hire Silver to stand next to me at a singles bar. Even at my advanced age I could pull big time if I just had The Big Alien standing next to me at the bar.

Tommy Lee Jones has been keeping track of Silver for years it helps to keep him in a high profile position.

easy kids, remember what that douche Cote, respect, no hate, no name calling or chit like that ...we all have to get along..

no calling anyone a fag or a back stabbing bitch either.

it looks like the NFL network thinks we reached in a majot way for JuWan James..


me?..I like the guy, if the Dolphins had such a conviction on the guy to pick him there I'm ok with it.

i'm reposting, and i don't care.. lol

"Y'all don't deserve Ray Ray a bigger traitor there never was."

spare me, baby. more celtic BS anti miami garbage.

he's a traitor because at age 36 he was tired of being the subject of trade rumors every year?

because he earned the right to finish his career on a team that really wanted him, and wasn't dangling him to suitors at every opportunity?

it will be EXTRA special to watch ray shoot miami into a 3 peat while you pray for the draft lottery.

oh how the mighty have fallen; both the celtics and the lakers relegated to historical status while miami marches on, owning the league and displaying the loyalty and savvy to keep lebron here winning for the next 5-7 years.
lol.. suckers.. 1 and done my A$%..

Read more here: http://blogs.herald.com/random_evidence/2014/05/xxx-plus-dolphins-pick-in-15-draft-xxx.html#storylink=cpy

these polls are funny too; it should show who is voting what so we can call out the morons predict miami loses or gets swept..

Arison is a tax cheating billionaire POS. Against Miami casinos but every one of his virus ships have gambling. Hypocrite.

the Pacers are strong where we are weak, rebounding but the Heat should have enough to handle them, the key will be our drives to the basket by Wade and Bron to open up our 3 pt shooters, I would imagine that Haslem starts on Hibbert and I hope they play James Jones..

Chalmers and Coles are both very limited players but they need to somehow find a way to contribute..

FZ, I don't know why you are even worried at this point. Short of LeBron getting run over by a bus the Heat are golden.

Who on the three teams, or anyone for that matter, is going to guard LeBron James?

I hear ya bro but the Pacers can get after you defensibly and if D Wade is not right?..well it could get very interesting.

anywho..I sure hope you're right on this one.

What do you expect from a family of criminals? His sister Shari built her fortune instituting the racist apartheid conditions in occupied Palestine.

Offering mortgages in the illegal settlements, mining for minerals in an occupied portion of the Dead Sea, financing the Jerusalem’s light rail, construction at checkpoints and the separation barrier, and involvement in the Bedouin resettlement plan by financing a new military compound in the Negev.

Shari Arison? Your name wouldn't be "Baghdad Danny Salam" would it?

Let's recap. Mickey Arison is a SOB because he doesn't want competition from land based casinos in Miami. Is that the bottom line here? What kind of putz are you, bro?

take a chill pill Rasta...Arison is against casinos in Miami because it affects his bottom line, if casinos get approved he makes less dinero..comprende?

money rules all..

Profit, a total mystery to some people.

Mystery to FZB, he was just repeating what you said like the moron he is.

A kinder, gentler blog. Ahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Rdub..who ever the fack you are..be nice..Cote wants us to get along..

Thank you Greg for bringing up two great songs of the early 1970's.Fans of good basketball better hope the Heat beat the Pacers because they will put a better fight vs the Spurs in the NBA Finals.The Heat will beat Indiana in a ugly six game series.The San Antonio Spurs will handle injury plagued OKC in five games and is headed to another NBA Title.The Heat will give the Spurs a good fight before losing in six games but if the Pacers win vs the Heat they will face a Texas Chain Saw Massacre by the Spurs in a boring one sided four game sweep.

I am sick and tired of talking about or hearing what the Celtics,Lakers and the knicks.....since 2000....the Lakers have 1 more ring than the heat...5 to 4 as an organization...the heat have the Celtics 4 to 1 since 2000 and the knicks are not even worth mentioning period...i was two years old the last time they won anything and I'm 42 now so new York is not the MECCA of basketball or rap .....so get over it....didn't forget the pacers their just not worth the words..wont make it to game 7 their done in 6...maybe 5

And the reason for saying the heat has 4......we will be winning it again this year to those haters

cane4life, I could see why you would be sick and tired of hearing about the Lakers, considering that in your lifetime, they have gone to the finals some 13 times, winning 11 of them. By comparison, the four and three of the Heat should seem Lilliputian.

Same 1972 timeframe:

Celtics: 9 appearances, 6 championships.
Bulls: 6 appearances, 6 wins.
Pistons: 4 and 3 (same as the Heat).

So putting it all in perspective, naturally, when one's team goes 4 times to the finals and wins 3, said fan SHOULD feel sick and tired of four other teams going a combined 32 and 26.

Ok OC..you made your point....

But the Lakers and Celtics still suck.

How many championships does the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball franchise have?
The Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball franchise has the following statistics:
All-time Wins: 3,027
All-time Losses: 1,866
All-time Winning Percentage: 61.9%
Total Championships: 16
Championship Year(s): 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010
NBA Conference Titles: 18
Conference Title Year(s): 1972, 1973, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010
Playoff Appearances: 57
Division Titles: 32

In addition to Haslem I think our bench has to out perform the Pacers bench...and Hopefully James Jones is part of the rotation..

Bush seems to play bad against then and I think that trend will continue..D Wade?... He's like a box of chocolates..we just don't know what we're getting with him..I hope I'm wrong about this but I see this as 50/50 either way...

OC...there's a report out that Kevin Love want's to play for the Lakers..good for you guys, the guy is a player..

When does football start's again?

When it's all said and done, of all the teams that have three-peated, the Heat would have to be considered the weakest, compared to both Lakers and Bulls.
Either of those teams would have out-coached and out-played the Heat. The Shaq-Kobe team would have annihilated the Heat. The Magic-Kareem lakers may have been even better, with a deep bench. The first Jordan team with Scotty and company would have shut down all the pieces except Lebron.

Truth is, there are great individual players in the NBA, but no great TEAMS with the character of those Lakers and Bulls teams. Add the Celtics of the early 80's as well.

With apologies to San Antonio, the best team overall of the past 10 years.

Hey IMA..duh...tell me something I don't know..of course those Laker, Celtic and Bulls teams were better...main reason there was no salary cap ...this Heat team and really every other team is severely handicapped by it...

You think the Heat wanted to lose Mike Miller or have a sorry as PG in Chalmers?..they had no choice but to amnesty the guy and they ate stuck with Chalmers , they also don't have a true defensive center which is essential to win consistently....those were different times and comparing those teams to current one's is pointless...

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