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Click on HOME INVASION for my column from the arena off last night's Heat Finals Game 3 home loss.
G3: SAN ANTONIO 111, HEAT 92: SPURS' SCORCHING FIRST HALF BURIES MIAMI: Spurs up 2-1 after routing Miami 111-92 on its own floor, Heat's first home playoff loss of this postseason. Miami trailed by as many as 25, cut it to seven at one point, but could not overcome S.A.'s hot hand. Spurs set an NBA record by shooting 75.8 percent in the first half after starting off a surreal 19-for-21. Click on Home Invasion for my column off the game. ..... Original post: Two four-letter words both starting with h: Heat and home. That is now Miami's three-peat formula in its most distilled form. Three of the
five remaining NBA Finals games are in Miami -- starting tonight at 9 -- and the Heat (with the series tied 1-1) will be champs again if they do not lose on their home floor. Simple ... except that the Spurs match Miami's championship DNA. "You never put them away," as Dwyane Wade said. "They always believe, and it's the same with us." Miami is 8-0 at home this postseason, by an average winning margin of 12.4 points, while San Antonio is only 3-5 on the playoff road. Keeping that disparity intact may require better bench play by the Heat. Spurs reserves have outscored Miami by 71-32 through two games, with nobody but Ray Allen (25 points) doing much offensively forthe Heat off the bench. Miami is minus-24 points when LeBron James is not in the game, a troubling number. Continued aggressiveness by Chris Bosh, stronger bench play beyond Allen and defensive intensity are the keys tonight for Miami. I don't even mention major impact from LeBron, because that by now may be assumed.
Heat Postseason MVP Standings (updated): We name 'Heat 3 Stars' after every playoff game and award points on 3-2-1 basis. Last night: 1. Rashard Lewis; 2. LeBron James; 3. Dwyane Wade. The updated standings through 18 playoff games, including last night's Finals Game 3 loss: LeBron James 42 points, Dwyane Wade 25, Chris Bosh 19, Ray Allen 8, Rashard Lewis 7, Chris Andersen 3, Norris Cole 2, James Jones 2.
OUR HEAT-SPURS GAME 3 POSTGAME VIDEO: Heat beat writer Joseph (Goody) Goodman, in the sharp suit, and myself, in the wrinkled shirt, summarizing Tuesday night's Heat home loss in Game 3 of the Finals:
OUR HEAT-SPURS GAME 2 POSTGAME VIDEO:
LE BATARD POUNDS 'QAM IN LATEST RATINGS: Just out, the full ratings book for month of May shows the Dan Le Batard Show on 790/104.3 The Ticket with a 5.2 rating versus a 1.4 for the Marc Hochman show running concurrently from 3-7 p.m. on rival WQAM. That's in the key men's 25-54 demographic. It's closer in mornings, with 790's Zaslow & Joy show beating 'QAM's Joe Rose, 4.1 to 3.0. [Interestingly, on the Le Batard rating, the number soared into the 7s on Tuesdays during appearances by Greg Cote, according to an industry source that Cote totally made up. Cote, asked if he felt weird running a blog item about 790 winning in the ratings when he's a part of the show, said, "What? I'm sorry. I didn't hear your question."]
THE GLAMOROUS LIFE OF A SPORTS WRITER: Friends but moreso acquaintances but mostly people who don't know me tell me what a great job I have. It's understandable. I write and talk about sports for a living. I get that sports fans think they'd love to do that, too. May I share a couple of small doses of reality? Be in my mind late in the fourth quarter of a Heat Finals game that began at 9 p.m. No idea yet whether Miami will be lifted by a huge win or crushed by a huge loss, and the first, inflexible deadline for my column is in 20 minutes and racing toward me with the speed of Tony Parker diving to the rim. Then be with me on Monday's Travel Day From Hell, arising at 7 a.m. in San Antonio and (finally) landing in Fort Lauderdale at around 10:15 p.m. after roughly six hours of weather-related delays and waiting around. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. Check that. Yes, I sure am.
FUTBLOG!: FUTBLOG! is the official World Cup soccer blog of this blog, because you can't say the word blog enough in one sentence. Just like four years ago, we'll be World Cup intensive on a daily basis starting later this week, undeterred by the Heat playoff run. Watch for it. FUTBLOG!
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