Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Greg Cote: Miami Heat’s playoff run just became interesting

OK, the playoffs just got interesting fast for the Heat cheap nfl jerseys— fast as a punch to the gut that you don’t expect.

They sure weren’t interesting in the first round.

They weren’t supposed to be entering this second round.

They are now. Suddenly.

A 93-86 Game 1 loss at home to the cheap nike elite nfl jerseys Chicago Bulls will do that.

Miami isn’t supposed to lose here, right? Isn’t supposed to lose at all, after winning 41 of the previous 43 games. Isn’t supposed to lose to a Bulls squad depleted by injury. Isn’t supposed to lose on a night that began with LeBron James accepting the NBA MVP trophy in a pregame ceremony.

Yet it was LeBron and his Heat teammates slumping off the court as the seconds ran away. It was the “White Hot” crowd filling the bayside arena that was drained of all its noise and life. And it was a fist-waving, pogo-ing Joakim Noah spitting his angry joy among the celebrating Bulls.

This result will get the nation’Nike NFL Trade Houston Texans Jerseys s attention. It will set the sky to falling with too many fans in Miami.

It might be nothing more than a stumble from which Miami will recover hugely in Wednesday night’s Game 2 here, and beyond. Until then, though, until then, the burden and weight has shifted onto the reigning NBA champions to prove themselves all over again.

We’ll find out Wednesday if this Game 1 aberration can be blamed neatly and simply on too much rest and too much rust, or if the desperate, limping Bulls simply match up that well with Miami and are enough a nemesis to make this a long, dangerous series.

“No excuses about the time off or anything else,” coach Erik Spoelstra said afterward, dissecting a rare defeat. “We’re up by four regardless of how we played entering the fourth quarter. Give them credit.Cheap Jerseys From China We didn’t close out the game. We didn’t impose our identity in this first game.”

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