With an even playing field laid out and growing expectations for both teams, it was the perfect time for two opera companies to arrange a friendly bet.
Can't wait to hear "Play Ball" five more times! Even if I am watching alone in my condo with the alarm clock set for six.
Every year when we get to the NBA Finals, if the Heat is in the mix, I get caught up in the excitement most of my friends have been feeding on since the regular season started. I find myself hashtagging #goheat and trying to have intelligent conversations about how LeBron is not the next Jordan or Magic.
Although President Pat Riley is a gifted former coach and talented executive, rooting for the Heat is like rooting for the Yankees in the days where their payroll doubled the rest of baseball and arrogance was their hallmark.
If James lets the defense define his style and refuses to impose his will, the Heat must continue to rely on perimeter shooting to win this series.
Kawhi Leonard has a huge task but it will be fun to see he can stop the best player in the world. No pressure.
There is a chance that you might be put in a situation in the next couple of weeks in which you'll have to watch one of the games of the NBA Finals -- the horror! So here's a quick guide that will hopefully improve the viewing experience for the not-so-much-sports-inclined.
Consider that Hibbert makes $4 million less than Bosh this season and at one point during their respective contracts, will make $7 million less. Make no mistake: This is absolutely a slight to Bosh, who is Miami's highest paid player and perhaps its biggest conundrum as well.
LeBron James, in Game 5 Thursday night, showed Frank Vogel and the Pacers why people like to say players, not coaches, win championships.
When Wade is truly healthy, he attacks the basket with a reckless abandon. He is equally active defensively, playing the passing lanes and disrupting the perimeter. But, he is not healthy right now. His right knee is severely limiting that explosion and, as a result, he's attempting just three free throws per game, or half of his regular season attempts.
"I would say we'll probably have him in next time," Vogel said after the Pacers' 103-102 defeat. Paul George added: "[Hibbert] does an amazing job of protecting the rim. I'm 100 percent sure he would've been there."
The plot is as old as entertainment itself. To beat the defending champions, the underdog Bulls would have to overcome incredible odds.
Every double foul, ridiculous flagrant and soft technical that these officials call makes me sick to my stomach. This isn't playoff basketball, it's kindergarten basketball.
In 17 NBA seasons, Ray Allen is averaging career lows in almost every statistical category. His 25.8 average minutes per game is more than ten minutes below his 36.2 career average.
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I still compare Chris Andersen to Dennis Rodman, who won five NBA titles in his career. But the difference between Andersen and Rodman is this: a bird eats a worm every time.