This was more like it. Ten games in, the playoffs felt like they started for real for the Heat here Wednesday night. Welcome back, tension and doubt. Good to see you again, major challenge. We missed you, edge of seat.
For a long time, Boston remained a baseball town even as much of the country loved the NFL. But with the Red Sox’ recent capitulation, the Patriots are now the kings of Boston.For a long time, Boston remained a baseball town even as much of the country loved the NFL. But with the Red Sox’ recent capitulation, the Patriots are now the kings.
Dwyane Wade watched Kevin Durant against Memphis, and it was like watching a flailing man drown, wave after wave crashing upon him until he had no breath to give. Durant averaged 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists per game in the series that ended his season. Those were not merely better than the averages Durant posted in this, the best regular season of his young life. Those were not merely better averages than the ones that just won LeBron James his fourth NBA MVP award. Those were better averages than the ones that represent Michael Jordans entire career. But Durants season is over now, and Wade watched it happen through what felt like a rearview mirror.
Legend leader Pat Riley, equal parts shaman and mobster, told this story at the Heats Family Day, symbolically enough. He was trying to explain with a parable why he and, by extension, the entire Miami Heat organization had so publicly told Boston general manager Danny Ainge to shut the bleep up. Family Day. Shut The Bleep Up. Seriously. Riley was not smiling in any way while reliving this.