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May 24, 2014

9 Heat Playoff Truths We May Hold to Be Self-Evident; plus James, Wade, Allen spark G3 win, Barkley top Heat Hater, playoff MVP table (updated) & more

1) It is SUNDAY, MAY 25. Click on Random Evidence for today's latest Sunday notes-column package, leading with Heat and the good noise/bad noise forever surrounding LeBron James. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Heat Hater poll, Mark Cuban's firestorm, Landon Donovan's exclusion, Dolphins rookie camp, illegal parking & more. 3) Join us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Instagram and Vine.

Click on The Closing Kings for my column from the arena off last night's Heat win. The start was sluggish but the ending sublime. Again.

THESE HEAT PLAYOFF TRUTHS WE MAY HOLD TO BE SELF-EVIDENT: Taking stock a dozen games into the Heat's postseason run and in the heart of the Eastern finals, with Miami up 2-1 on Indiana:

1. LeBron James (28.6 points) is the NBA's postseason MVP if Tim Duncan isn't, and the two are headed for a Finals rematch showdown. The team tends to mirror LeBron's slow starts, but also his big finishes.

2. Dwyane Wade looks as good the past four games as in any such stretch we can recall of late, a testament to the team's season-loing "maintenance" strategy. He isn't doing much on the defensive end, but offensively he is recalling his vigorous prime.

3. If anybody sees Chris Bosh, please turn him in to Lost & Found. Corner 3's have replaced the low post for him; no matter. How can a man that tall get so few rebounds? Wake up, dude.

4. Ageless Ray Allen earns every penny and every ounce of his Hall of Fame cred with bursts like last night's. What a gift for the Heat.

5. Norris Cole is more valuable to the team right now than starting point guard Mario Chalmers.

6. Not always sure why, but Miami is very good with Rashard Lewis rotated in. Last night the Heat was plus-21 in his 17 minutes even though Lewis himself had zero points.

7. Chris (Birdman) Andersen is averaging more rebounds and blocks than Bosh in barely over half the minutes. Tattoo You, as the Stones once said.

8. Michael Beasley and Greg Oden should hold daily CA meetings. Commisserators Anonymous. 

9. Erik Spoelstra is really, really good.

G3: HEAT 99, INDIANA 87: BIG SECOND HALF LIFTS MIAMI: LeBron James' 26 points, Dwyane Wade's 23 -- his fourth straight big offensive game this postseason -- and Ray Allen's 16 off the bench carried Miami in its second-half rally tonight. I'd also mentiom Rashard Lewis. He had zero points, but Miami was plus-21 in his 17 minutes; him in the game sparked the team. Heat now up 2-1 and in charge entering Game 4 back here Monday night. The resolve and resourcefulness of this team continues to amaze. Miami trailed 17-4 early, never led until the third quarter, but found a way, as it usually does. Click on The Closing Kings for my column off the game. ..... Original post: Series came out of Indiana 1-1 but Miami is 5-0 at home in this postseason. Keep that record pristine and the Heat will be sitting 3-1 and in control after tonight's and Monday's bayside dates. That would put Miami in great shape to make this the NBA-record fifth series in a row they've won after losing the opener. Charles Barkley said this week that Miami's fans 1aa1aheatg3 1aa1apacatheataren't very good in explaining why he hopes LeBron James returns to Cleveland. Hmm. Here's betting Heat fans will look and sound pretty damn good tonight inside the downtown bayside arena. Paul George, who had a mild concussion, is OK'd 1aa1labebronjto play for the Pacers. That's big because Indiana without him (maybe even with him) just does not have the offensive firepower to match the Heat when Miami is playing well. LeBron James is having an MVP-caliber postseason and, after a three-day series rest, it says here he is due a breakout game offensively. Thinking mid-30s-plus. Dwyane Wade also has strung together three straight games that are vintage, all of that regular season "maintenance" paying off. It'll be interesting to see what coach Erik Spoelstra does with that fifth starting spot -- whether Udonis Haslem or Shane Battier is called. We also could see Greg Oden deployed briefly in his first playoff appearance since April 30, 2009. He back spasms have gone away; "I'm ready," he said. Not sure if that will matter much tonight. Also not sure the Pacers' impressive showing on the road in this postseason will bear fruit. Home-floor adrenaline and a big night from LeBron should carry the Heat.

Heat Postseason MVP Standings (updated): We name 'Heat 3 Stars' after every playoff game and award points on 3-2-1 basis. Tonight: 1. Dwyane Wade, 2. LeBron James, 3. Ray Allen. The updated standings through 12 playoff games, including tonight: LeBron James 28 points, Dwyane Wade 21, Chris Bosh 9, Ray Allen 8, Chris Andersen 2, Norris Cole 2, James Jones 2.

Poll result: Barkley leads Anti-Heat parade: In the previous blogpost we invited you to name the biggest Anti-Heat person in the national media (you may still vote), and Charley Barkley was the choice of 50.5 percent, followed by Bill Simmons at 23.9% and Skip Bayless at 15.8%. Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon and "other" split the remaining votes.

1aa1acrabSEMINOLES DOMINATE KIPER'S FIRST '15 BIG BOARD: Mel Kiper Jr.'s first top-25 "Big Board" previewing the 2015 NFL draft is out, and No. 1 on it is Florida State quarterback Jameis "Crab Legs" Winston. Florida Gator DE Dante Fowler is 8th. Three other Noles make it: OG Tre Jackson, 15th; CB P.J. Williams, 17th; and DEMario Edwards, 23rd. Nary a Hurricane to be found.

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Charles Barkley may be the biggest Heat hater but he is also right about the Miami fans being lame and mediocre. You just can't deny that.

Barkley's a blow hard but he's obviously right about Miami fans, some of the worst fans in the country, even the Heat were in the bottom half of the league in attendance in 2009, ya know, because their playoff team only had ONE superstar.

Miami fans don't deserve this Heat team but to me that just makes it that much better because you know it has to kill fans in other cities!

Actually Bone, I can and will deny that. Let's analyze WHY people say Heat fans are bad:

1) They show up late to games. Well, if you look at the whole arena, the people up top, who IMO are the "real" fans, are ALWAYS on time, and loud. It's the bottom of the arena that shows up late, the rich fat cats, many of whom aren't real fans but come to games either to be seen or as a business thing, like showing a client a good time. Every major market has those people, not just Miami.

2) They leave early. I have supported the Heat since I was old enough to know what basketball was. I have been to at least 3 or 4 dozen games during that time, so I can say this. The only time you will see fans leave early is if the game seems out of hand, which makes them NO DIFFERENT than any other fans in the league. In Game 2 I saw hundreds of Pacer fans leave early when Miami started to pull away at the end. It is what it is. I am not going to sit and watch a game that has already been decided, when I can leave early, beat that gawd-awful traffic, and make it back to Broward before 11pm. If that means I'm not a "real fan" then so be it.

3) We only support the team when they win. This one REALLY bothers the hell out of me the most. First, nearly every fan base does the same thing. Look at Cleveland's attendance during the Lebron years, they were always in the top five. Since then, they have fallen as far as 19th (stats from ESPN). Second, I'm a teacher, and I only have so much disposable income. WHY IN THE HELL would I spend my hard-earned money watching a team that is in last place??? It doesn't mean I have jumped off the bandwagon. I will die a Heat fan. I watched many games during the 15-win season, but I just did it from home. Just because my team is losing doesn't mean I stop supporting them (if that's the case I would've stopped being a Marlins fan YEARS ago), but it DOES mean that I won't go to games and spend the little I have on them until they start winning. Again, if that makes me a bad fan, whatever.

Miami as a fan base is no better or worse than 99% of the fans out there. Even the so-called great fan bases, like Chicago, aren't as great as people think. Let the Bulls have a 15-win season, and then I want to see how many fans show up to games. Enough with this piling on to Miami fans crap.

Miami as a fan base IS worse than 99% of the fan bases out there.

Other places in America fans support their team even when they're not winning.

Miami fans don't.

That makes them bad fans, and it's completely quantitative, just numbers, nothing to argue about.

Everything else is just an excuse, "it costs too much money", IT COSTS EVERY FANBASE TOO MUCH MONEY, and most other cities aren't as wealthy as Miami.

Alright already...we get it...jesus christ

"Other places in America fans support their team even when they're not winning."

"That makes them bad fans, and it's completely quantitative, just numbers, nothing to argue about."

You want "quantitative numbers," all right, here you go...

The year before Lebron was drafted by Cleveland, you wanna know what they ranked in attendance? DEAD LAST!!!

When Detroit was going to back-to-back Finals in 2004 and 2005, they were towards the top in attendance. Want to know what they were ranked two years prior to that...22nd! What about this year? 26th!

The Pacers made it to the ECF last year. Their attendance rank last year...25th! The year before...29th! The year before that...DEAD LAST!!! And this is "Hoosier Country," the so-called basketball capital of the world!!

The Kings went from selling out 100% capacity in their building in the early 2000s when they were good to 27th in attendance last year.

The CELTICS - Boston, for crying out loud - was 24th in attendance in 2005, 20th in 2004, 18th in 2002, and 19th in 2001.

The year Orlando went to the Finals, they sold 100% of their capacity. Two years prior...they were 27th in attendance.

Houston was DEAD LAST in attendance in 2001, and next-to-last in 2002, and third-to-last in 2003 (hey, at least they improved each year), but sold 100% of their capacity this year.

Golden State was 6th in attendance this year, 25th in 2005. Perhaps the difference was they were good this year and not good in 2005?

Portland was 5th in attendance this year, DEAD LAST in 2006. Perhaps the difference was...well, you know where I'm going.

And since we're talking about Miami, the Heat have sold 100% of their capacity each year for the past 10 years, except for two (2009 and 2010, when they sold 90% capacity).

I could keep going but I'm sure you get the point. There are some teams that have consistently sold over the last 10 years, such as the Bulls, Mavericks, and Lakers. Not coincidentally, those teams have been consistently GOOD over the last 10 years. I say it again, let one of those teams have a 15-win season, and see what happens to their attendance. To say that Miami is worse than 99% of fan bases out there is just an asinine statement, popular to say because the perception is shared by so many people. But then you see the "quantitative numbers," and the reality is so different.

so far the Heat look like total mierda in the early going.

duh..say dude, you didn't answer my question, are U a swamp lizard?..

yeah yeah yeah..
our fans suck.
lebron is a choke artist.
wade is done.

miami 99
indiana 87

next?

Heat win !!! nice come back after the way they started ...defense was the key and Ray Allen was " en fuego"...now they gotta do it again on monday.

Go Heat !

i told you not to worry, FZB.
AND i told you wade wasn't done.
stop listening to haters like baby, and trust your championship team, the team that's won as many rings in 8 years as the celtics and lakers combined.

I told you not to worry first FZB. I called the Heat threepeat before the season started. Just as I called the Dolphins sucking as long as Ireland was the GM.

The Heat will win because they have the best player in the world and another 2 of the top 20 players in the league. The Dolphins will make the playoffs this year. And not because they run more, which they may do. They'll win because they now have the talent on the OL to win....well that and a real RB.

Sitting in the Admirals Club in London getting ready to board my plane home. A great 2+ weeks in Belgium, France and UK. Life is good.

my friend david reminds me of Jeanne Dickinson. She would make a million predictions and then pat herself on the back if 10 of them came to be. that's called random error which is what david's correct predictions are.... random error. you know, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

But what about my six pack and awesome abs? I'm the Champion's League scoring champ and Real are the best in Europe! Did you see my awesome PK to make it 4-1? Yes, I sucked for most of the match but Ramos covered my butt with the last minute goal.

Wade County!!!!

Have a good safe trip back home Tommy-Boy..

David...you're right about Flash, he has been nothing but spectacular so far in the playoffs, if he can stay this healthy the road to a three-peat will be much easier..

What's happened to Bosh?...he's just as bad as Chalmers..gezz.

Rashad Lewis had a very solid game defensibly..

Finally R Allen woke up, we all knew it was a matter of time..and BB..

I thought the Marlins were supposed to be the worst team in "beisbol" but the BoSox have lost 9 games in a row, what's up with that dude?

Only time will tell if the Dolphins recent draft is going to pan out, if you can get two starters out of it you are doing good to excellent, if you can get three you're off the charts good, of the players picked Juwan James is one but I can't say Billy Turner or Landry will start this year for a couple of reasons, on Turner its very, very difficult to make a jump from div-II to an NFL starter and Landry has good veterans in front plus it usually takes a couple of yrs to arrive in the league.

I like what Hickey did in the draft and in time we could have three or more starters out of it but if Ireland had picked so many small school players you guys would have been bashing him without mercy.

Bosh has been as soft as baby shit in this series...hard to watch...Cole is taking up Chalmers slack...Birdman and UD have been solid on defense...Wade is having his way with Stephenson(he should have never stared down Wade in that one game)...Paul George has shrunk in this series and he is not ready for elite status...not ready for prime time player...the Heat still haven't even put together an overall good game yet...they had one of the worst quarters I've ever seen played last night and still won by double digits...This series is over in 5(maybe 6 if the Heat decide to tank one)...be ready for the repeat..

Spure >>>>>>>>>>> Eastern Conference

Not really sure what what Cote was watching, but Wade had three steals, a blocked shout and held Stevenson to 3-9 shooting.

What's a Spure?


Fail...

Excellent argument, a typo completely negates my point, Heat are DEFINITELY going to repeat, the Western Conference and the Spurs are a joke.

Well,I deal in facts...The Heat have won the championship 2 years in a row and BEAT the Spurs last year to win one of them.The Heat are in the eastern conference so therefore the argument that Spurs are better than the whole East is asinine and absurd.

Spurs are clearly better than the whole East, they had a better record than every team in the East with a more difficult schedule and they have performed better in these playoffs against better competition.

there's some truth to what truth is saying HOWEVER the Heat will have the best player on the court against the spurs and another very, very good player beside him in Wade, it won't be easy at all but is doable..

both teams have excellent supporting cast's but it will be a series for the ages..hopefully the heat can get there..

San Antonio does not match up well with the Heat they are too small and not tough enough to deal with Miami's suffocating defense. Miami has the luxury of having the best player on the planet and they have surrounded him with great players to boot. That gives the Heat the unique opportunity to use the best player in the planet to play defense and shut down ANY PLAYER on the opposing team and still get offense from the other 4 players on the court. That is the main reason why the Heat are hard to beat LeBron is just a defensive monster.

Spurs should have beaten Miami last season and got better this year where Miami got worse.

Not saying Miami can't win but there's absolutely no reason Miami fans should be this confident, the Spurs will be the heavy betting favorites in Vegas.

enough, tommy boy.
my prediction for wins last year was the one i got wrong.
you, FOR ONCE, got it close and now act like you're nostradamus.
if the dolphins win, you old coot, it will be because they run.
PERIOD.
stop setting it up to where they win, but not because they do things winning teams do.
all this traveling around the planet, and you're still an idiot.. lol

dukey,

a waxen looking casey kasem and an anna nicole smith dummy beside him- heck of a phote!! kudos

my predictions are always close. you just have selective memory.

Hey FZB if the Fish get two starters out of this draft class that will be 2 more than Ireland's 2013 draft class.

Good to be back on American soil. Europe is a great place to visit but there is no place like the good old USA.

Glad you enjoyed shadow. It's my new screensaver...

The fact that Chalmers n Bosh have been MIA, does not bode well for Pacers. Also, if Wade continues to play this way it's 3peat 4 sure.

Lebron is not going anywhere. Genuis Riley will add more pieces in the off season like usual.

"As usual"? So I guess you don't remember the 2011 lockout that lead to the new CBA designed to break up 3 star teams? The one Arison voted against? The one that kicks in next year?

Chalmers, Battier, and Allen are gone and IF the Big Three come back Miami will only have minimum contracts to replace them and field a roster.

Spurs should have beaten Miami last season and got better this year where Miami got worse.

Read more here: http://blogs.herald.com/random_evidence/2014/05/g3-indiana-heat-xxx.html?cid=6a00d83451587d69e201a3fd102f95970b#comment-form#storylink=cpy

really?
is that why lebron's shooting % is higher this year?
and wade's?
and birdman's?
and birdman is averaged more blocks and rebounds and minutes this year?
and cole's defense is better?

i have a good idea, "truth".
to make things easier on the rest of us, when you decide to post ignorant opinions masking as some great analysis, just write 'TOM" as your name.. lol

and tom?
what happens when taylor, jenkins, sims, jordan, thomas or sturgis develop more and/or start and play?
what will you say about the 2013 draft class then?
arguing that a draft sucks after 1 year is absolutely the most ridiculous argument anyone can make.
everyone from coaches to GM's say that sometimes players take a couple of years to develop, and considering the trajectory of charles clay and olivier vernon, one would think even YOU would see that..

Happy memorial day to everyone, let us never forget the reason we live in the greatest country in the world , many men and women have paid with their lives and made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedoms with do..

God bless our military...

David...You are right on about last years draft..contrary to what our friend Tom thinks it takes two to three years to really know about each draft class, the Dolphins have even said they have great hope for Jordan, Taylor , Davis and Jenkins...and even Dallas Thomas for this year..

Of course all our players are severely handicapped by our coaches...starting with the HC.

Ok, did I just read this right?...so Lance Stevenson says that LeBron trash talking to him is a sign of weakness?...hehe.

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24572455/lance-stephenson-on-lebron-james-talking-sign-of-weakness

Hey Lane I don't think messing with the best player in the world is a very good idea...

Ahhhhhh the old "Spurs should have beaten the Heat" defense huh? The weakest in all sports,along with blaming refs...guess what guy,if my aunt had a pair of balls she'd be my uncle....Shoulda,coulda,woulda doesn't mean jack shit! The Spurs didn't beat the Heat last year and that's just a fact.

did i say miami's 2013 draft sucks? I said so far there are no starters from that draft class......and that is a fact. in fact, of every nfl 2013 draft class miami's was the only one not to produce a single starter.

you'd have to say miami's 2013 draft class has not gotten off to a good start. in fact it was a horrible start.

now if the 2013 draft class turns out to be major contributors and starters I will cheer for them. but as of right now not a single one of them is a starter. not one. not even the 3rd overall pick in the draft.
you know, the pick that cost ireland his job. so in that respect dion jordan is a major success.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/depth/_/name/mia/formation/4-3-defense

Happy Memorial Day fellow bloggers. My best to you & yours. Big shout to all of those in uniform.

Tom, unfortunately your right about Miami's 2013 draft class - to this point. CBs Taylor & Davis should compete with Finnegan for a starting job. TE Sims could stick and contribute. DE Jordan will contribute more but to what extent will be seen. Most Pros say the biggest jump in a young players career is the 2nd year.

There are 3 possible full time players drafted this year, James, Turner, Landry

LMFAO @ morons saying "God bless the military"! Don't blame your imaginary friend, the US government is the one who killed thousands of good men for no reason in the unjust wars of the past decade.

Unjust wars?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9QN3AkydYY

I'm not LMFAO. You're stupidity is not funny. It's sad and pathetic.

WTF did Iraq and Afghanistan have to do with 9/11? Osama, Al Qada, and 15 of the 19 hijackers were from SAUDI ARABIA.

there are very, very bad people in this world that would not think twice nor have any kind of remorse in killing all of us in this country (mainly from the middle east but there's a nut-case in N Korea too), I do agree that wars are just terrible and need and should be avoided at all cost's but sometimes are necessary.


Osama, Al Qada, and 15 of the 19 hijackers were from SAUDI ARABIA.

Posted by: LULZ! | May 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM

headquartered in Afghanistan and protected by the Taliban. criminally uninformed is no way to go through life LULZ!

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