It’s safe to say the South Florida is on edge tonight.
Fans in the American Airlines Arena and all around South Florida are worried that this could very well be the final game the Miami Heat play at home this season. And for good reason.
After the Heat pulled out a gutsy win in Game 2 behind LeBron James‘ torrid second half, everybody (including yours truly) thought that the Heat would roll to a decisive Game 3 triumph. With momentum and roaring fans in their corner, the Heat could smell blood as the San Antonio Spurs were still searching for answers.
Or so we thought.
We all broke one of the cardinal rules in sports: Thou shall not count out the Spurs. In what started out as a Miami night quickly dove into an awesome display of the Spurs disciplined offensive assault. Before the Heat figured out what was going on, it was too late. Miami was thoroughly embarrassed on its home court, with the Spurs sending a strong message that this was not the same Spurs team that the Heat faced a year ago.
Even after such a devastating home loss, the Heat still appeared relaxed and confident. There seemed to not be a sense of urgency hanging over the team, and if you are a Heat fan, or a person who predicted the Heat to walk away with their third straight NBA title, you should be very worried.
With the new Finals format, tonight looms as the biggest game in the history of the Miami Heat. Yes, I went there, because this is a team that everybody has anointed to being the new dynasty in the NBA. If the Heat lose their second straight home game tonight, I just cannot see LeBron and company pulling out a win in Game 5 back in San Antonio.
The fire must be there from the outset, because this is a Spurs team that has its eyes set on a prize they thought they rightfully deserved last year. The Heat must have that killer edge; that smell of desperation. Because despite what the Heat are leading you to believe, these are desperate times in South Beach.