HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — History in the making.
History still to be made.
It’s all still on the table for the Miami Heat.
Four straight trips to The Finals. The opportunity to three-peat.
“I’m blessed,” LeBron James said. “We won’t take this opportunity for granted. This is an unbelievable franchise, this is an unbelievable group.”
The Finals rematch is up next, the San Antonio Spurs (2013) or Oklahoma City Thunder (2012) will help the Heat finish that chapter of this championship story.
But The Finals is all the Heat have known in the Big 3 era. It’s all James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and crew have known since they came together.
Greg Oden is going to The Finals!
Micky Arison hands the trophy to Greg Oden, who doesn't know what to do with it. So he smiles & bounces.—
Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) May 31, 2014
Three years running they go out on the wrong end of the Heat’s blade …
That seems about the only way for such a schizophrenic season to end for the Pacers.—
K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) May 31, 2014
Strange that we might never see them square off against each other on the game’s biggest stage …
Kobe or LeBron will have been in every Finals since 2007 but never played each other. History's loss.—
Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) May 31, 2014
The pressure on him to deliver on his vast potential has been amazing from the start. The things he’s done, the way he’s lived up to the hype … amazing!
LeBron has now made the Finals in 5 of his 11 seasons.—
Chris Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) May 31, 2014
Can’t finish this one up without a struggle face shot!
Marcin Gortat = Captain Obvious
I think Indiana is done..—
Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) May 31, 2014
Four straight trips to The Finals puts the Heat in truly rarefied air … Celtics and Lakers are only franchise to dip toes in that water!
Going to the NBA Finals in four consecutive years is tough. That's a lot of extra miles, especially for a veteran-laden team like Miami.—
Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 31, 2014
Someone will definitely have to answer for this and you better believe Vogel will be on the hot seat first …
This has little to do with Vogel. He better not have to worry about his job. Pacers players, as men, have to look in the mirror—
Eric Smith (@Eric__Smith) May 31, 2014
Seemingly one despicable performance after another in the playoffs mangled their season. What a feeble way to end what was such a promising season at the halfway mark …
Pacers made you feel like they backed into the No. 1 seed, backed into the second round and backed into the conference finals. Rare trifecta—
Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 31, 2014
There needs to be a full autopsy on this team and it needs to be performed ASAP!
The 2013-14 Indiana Pacers: One of the weirdest teams ever.—
(@netw3rk) May 31, 2014
The more you see this play, the more it looks like an absolute shot to the grill. #flagrant3-4-5?
The best medicine and perhaps the only way this cat gets humbled!
And do NOT kick Stephenson out of this game, zebras. When Indy's down 40, he has to watch, like Percy watching Del's execution in Green Mile—
Sean Pendergast (@SeanCablinasian) May 31, 2014
Not PGeorge’s finest hour (or 24 minutes) … he’s going to need another 31 after halftime tonight.
This is why watching Paul George frustrates me. Has the game of his life two days ago. Tonight? Invisible.—
Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) May 31, 2014
Someone call 9-1-1 … or Tyrone … or anybody that can get the Heat off of these Pacers.
A 54-21 run. This is abusive now.—
Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) May 31, 2014
This is not how your All-Stars (or your starting point guard) are supposed to go out …
George, Hibbert, Hill now 0-14.—
Chris Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) May 31, 2014
Pure foolishness …
The more antics the merrier, huh?
Retaliation from the Heat’s resident “agitator” … so to speak?
Stephenson took a blow from Battier on that play. Lance looked to ref after the play. No response.—
Israel Gutierrez (@IzzyESPN) May 31, 2014
Toss in the Flagrant 1 on the whack to the face of Norris Cole for Lance. Stellar work tonight son.
Videoboard at AAA is doing a montage during stoppage of Lance's greatest transgressions already tonight.—
Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) May 31, 2014
And back to actual basketball, still no sign of Big Roy and G.Hill …
Didn’t take long for the antics to crank up. What a waste of everyone’s time. #justplayball
Lance just cupped LeBron in the face. No call. Officials now huddled at midcourt. Larry Bird has to be seething.—
Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) May 31, 2014
At least lance is picking a fight with someone his own size … well, sort of.
That’s the thing about having Lance guard LeBron — at some point, it’s like, “Oh, right, he’s a few inches + like 40 pounds bigger."—
Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) May 31, 2014
Dialed in indeed!
LeBron is dialed in, I think.—
John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) May 31, 2014
Few men in the history of organized sports wore the black hat on the road better Reggie Miller!
Close out time …
VIDEO: LeBron brings the pain early