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May 18, 2014

G1: Indiana 107, Heat 96: Pacers with a wire-to-wire win; plus what is Heat's most disliked opponent? Poll. Vote now!; also NBA Game of Thrones & more

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1) It is MONDAY, MAY 19. Click on Random Evidence for today's latest Sunday notes-column package, leading with Heat-Pacers. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Heat-Pacers preview and prediction poll, Michael Jackson sings about Indiana & more. 3) Join us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Instagram and Vine.

Click on No Panic for my column from Indianapolis off the Heat's Game 1 loss.

G1: INDIANA 107, HEAT 96: PACERS WIN WIRE-TO-WIRE: Heat fans should not be real discouraged by this Game 1 loss. Miami in the big 3 era is 7-0 in the next game following a playoff loss of 11 or more points, and 4-0 in Game 2 following a series-opening loss. A win Tuesday night may be expected. The Heat can not play much worse than tonight. Miami went to the free-throw line 22 fewer times, shot 6-for-23 from 3-point range, played horrible defense and got next to nothing from Chris Bosh. Actually, Dwyane Wade (27 points), LeBron James (25) and Chris "Birdman" Andersen and Ray Allen off the bench were the only players who did anything for Miami. Expected a bounce-back in Game 2. Ajust-and-respond is what the Heat do. (Watch for my column off Game 1 posting online soon, and my Heat 3 Stars of the game here later tonight). Original post: Miami sets out today 1aa1aheatpacerstrying to be the first NBA team to win consecutive Eastern finals over the same opponent since Detroit 1aa1aheatg1(over Chicago) in 1989-90. Indiana made a point of the No. 1 seed and home court edge all season with Miami in mind. Now let's see if we get the team that had a 35-6 home record during the season or the Pacers who have gone only 3-4 in Indy in the postseason. It also will be interesting to see if Miami goes small at times, because Atlanta and Washington both had some success on 3-balls vs. Indiana inthe first two rounds. My series pick: Heat in six.

WHAT IS HEAT'S MOST DISLIKED OPPONENT?: What opponent should the Heat and Miami fans dislike most? Oh the candidates are many! Indiana must be considered not only because it is right upon us. I'd have have said that even before the Pacers' Lance Stephenson implied on Saturday he'd be trying to run Dwyane Wade into the ground in this series to exploit his knee issues. The Pacers were irritants even before that. But let us not forget how we felt just a week earlier about Paul Pierce and Brooklyn. Let's remember how much we love to boo Joakim Noah and Chicago. And, of course, Boston, New York and even Detroit are great rivals of long-standing in the love-to-hate-'em category. Heck, maybe Mark Cuban's Dallas even qualifies? Is there even a difference between "biggest rival" and "most disliked"? I'm not even sure. You decide. Don't be just in the moment. Factoring everything, history to present, what is the one Heat opponent you most dislike? Vote and say why.

Poll result: You like Heat over Pacers in six games: Overall, 84.5 percent of you picked Miami to win. The breakdown--Heat in 6 at 56.5%, in 5 at 16.6%, in 7 at 8.5% and in 4 at 2.7%. Indiana backers had it Pacers in 7 at 9.1%, in 6 at 4.8%, in 4 at 1.4% and in 5 at 0.2%.

GAME OF THRONES/NBA EDITION (WITH BOSH THE MAGIC DRAGON): I sort of think these parodies have run their course, but they still have a bit of entertainment value. In this latest one, LeBron says (ominously) to Pat Riley, "Dynasties must fall, Lord Riley." Chris Bosh plays a dragon. And Gregg Popovich plays a vampire. The usual.

 

REALLY, CANES BASEBALL?: Don't take this wrong, Miami Hurricanes baseball. Lova ya, Jim Morris. A 1aa1umregssnnice regular season is not nothing, and you all finished strong and deserve to feel good. But throwing CHAMPIONS around? Do that after you win the ACC Tournament, or better yet, after you win the College World Series. (I feel the same way when I see teams hanging CHAMPIONSHIP banners from the rafters or flagpoles based on division titles. C'mon, man!)

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Not really a basketball fan, but it would be nice if the Heat could win it all this year, but they are way overmatched at Indy. Doubt that they will advance.

they score 96 points on the road, and slip up defending the pick and roll, which is miami's specialty, and that means we're over matched for the series?
do you people even understand basketball?
with all the garbage indiana has talked all season, had we won game won it would've ended the series; they are emotionally weak, and caanot avoid us getting in their heads.
we will play tighter defense next game, and we will come home with the series tied..

Cote, perhaps the Canes celebrated because 2 teams in the same conference with worse conference records, worse away records are ranked ahead of the Canes.
If the little celebration enhances team unity a bit more, who are YOU to say "but wait?"
If you were NOMINATED for a journalistic award, I'm sure you'd proudly trumpet that fact, as well as framing the official announcement for your office wall. And guess what? I wouldn't blame you one bit.

Considering the past few years, this Cane's team, and especially coach Morris, deserve a little chance to celebrate.

David has it right again...you can't have a gentleman's sweep without losing the first game.People who are panicking are the same ones who did it the last 2 years in a row.Heat win the next game by 10 or more...

Most of us like FZB and Woodcock lived these stories. The stories are always the same as is the ignorance from those who are enemies of capitalism.

http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/10948041/nascar-felix-sabates-turned-cuban-dreams-american-success

FZB the bidding for Kevin Love will be very interesting besides the Lakers other teams interested are said to be Boston, Phoenix and the Bulls. Boston is prepared to trade their number one pick to get him. Other teams likely would as well. It's going to take more than that whatever team puts together the best package likely wins. He will obviously have a big say where he goes as usual the warm weather cities will have the advantage. Unless he wants to play for a team steeped in history with a great fan base that plays in cold weather right here in Massachusetts. Go get Kevin Love Danny!

FZB the bidding for Kevin Love will be very interesting besides the Lakers other teams interested are said to be Boston, Phoenix and the Bulls. Boston is prepared to trade their number one pick to get him. Other teams likely would as well. It's going to take more than that whatever team puts together the best package likely wins. He will obviously have a big say where he goes as usual the warm weather cities will have the advantage. Unless he wants to play for a team steeped in history with a great fan base that plays in cold weather right here in Massachusetts. Go get Kevin Love Danny!

OC...wow that story about Felix Sabates is just incredible and you're right one that so many of us have lived , I came when I had just turn 14 yrs old via Spain ..all by myself and scared to death not knowing if I was ever going to see my mom , dad and baby sister again.

Luckly I did and we where reunited a few months later to start our new life..one that has seen us go through hardships and good and bad times but the common denominator has always been hard work knowing that we live in the greatest country in the world that allows you and your children to become anything you want...

Than you

That is a crusty take on that video Greg Cote, the show is incredible, you should give it a chance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dpEjV0G40hM

That is a crusty take on that video Greg Cote, the show is incredible, you should give it a chance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dpEjV0G40hM

That is a crusty take on that video Greg Cote, the show is incredible, you should give it a chance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dpEjV0G40hM

That is a crusty take on that video Greg Cote, the show is incredible, you should give it a chance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dpEjV0G40hM

The Heat BETTER win tonight if not it will be a struggle from now on, they have always risen to the the challenge at hand so let's hope that's the case...we'll see..color me worried at this point mainly because of Bosh inconsistencies and D Wade's health..not to mention Chalmer's sorry ass play..

When does football start's again?

BB..Kevin Love is a heck of a player , no wonder so many teams are after the guy, right now I think the C's have the most to offer because of all those picks they have...hey maybe we can trade him straight up for Bush...at least the guy is a monster on the boards.


Hello all from very warm London. Just got here yesterday and I cannot believe how warm it is. Oh well, shorts are in order.

No worries for the Heat. They'll win tonight.

This will be a very close series.Pacers have the early confidence but all that will change on a dime.Heat play best defense in the NBA - Championship style when they re focused that is.The doubt will soon creep in for Indiana.

Have fun Tom the weather in London is quite unpredictable if it's not fog rain and cold go with it.

Tom, Tom, Tom. It's September 28, not May 28. The Dolphins will not be there for another four months. We know you're a fan, but lining up so soon?!

Oakland. Miami. London. A few degrees of separation there.

Nice 11 hour flight for the Raidahs.

Did anyone else catch this story? I just hope that the ATM was over 18 years old.

http://thesmokinggun.com/documents/sex-with-atm-machine-456932

FZB, better enjoy LeBron for as long as you have him in Miami. He is clearly the best athlete your pathetic city has ever seen in quite some time. He's leaving this summer and that means you will be left with the mediocre fish.

Then again, does Miami have any shot at Kevin Love this summer by releasing Chris Bosh's contract? That is the only way I see LeBron staying in Miami.

Hey Greg Cote, got anymore cheap shots you want to take at Pacers fans? I think there is a reason why your blog got taken down by a bunch of script kiddies from Indy probably.

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