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Today: NBA’s Eastern Conference finals. The Heat’s history playing in the Eastern Conference finals playoff round:

Year/OpponentMiami resultHeat’s leading scorer
2013 vs. IndianaTied 1-1LeBron James, 33.0
2012 vs. BostonWon 4-3LeBron James, 33.6
2011 vs. ChicagoWon 4-1LeBron James, 25.8
2006 vs. DetroitWon 4-2Dwyane Wade, 26.7
2005 vs. DetroitLost 4-3Dwyane Wade, 25.8
1997 vs. ChicagoLost 4-1Tim Hardaway, 17.2


What South Florida sports fans are talking about:

1. HEAT

Uh oh. Eastern finals tied 1-1 with next two in Indiana: Miami needed last-second LeBron James heroics to win Game 1 in overtime, then fell short in Game 2 despite LeBron’s 36 points. Might anyone be available to lend a hand? I’m just asking. Help wanted, please. One-man shows are fine for Broadway. Not so much so in the NBA playoffs.

2. SUPER BOWLS

NFL owners thumb noses at Dolphins, Miami: Miami and Dolphins stadium were double losers as the NFL awarded Super Bowl 50 (2016) to Santa Clara, Calif., and SB 51 to Houston after a failed bid for stadium renovation. The consolation for county and Dolphin officials? After saying the stadium as-is would not attract a Super Bowl … they were right!

3. MARLINS

Beleaguered Fish toying with (dubious) history: The woeful, worst-in-the-majors Marlins continued to be nearly on pace to challenge the 1962 Mets’ modern record of 120 losses. When owner Jeffrey Loria said he thought his payroll-slashed roster would be “competitive,” he wasn’t lying. Maybe he meant competitive with the ’62 Mets.

4. INDIANAPOLIS 500

When IndyCar racing gets to be a king for a day: The Indy 500 is the only day of the year when open-wheel IRL racing roars back to temporarily overshadow NASCAR, and Sunday’s 97th running includes a record-tying four women. You know how some women apply makeup while they drive? Far more impressive to see it done at 226 mph.

5. URBAN BEACH WEEKEND

Holiday revelers swarm Miami, South Beach: Memorial Day weekend always floods the area with a partying, hip-hop vibe in a
four-day event that attracts rap stars and athletes but also unfortunately also has had incidents of shootings and rowdiness in the past. This year’s events were expected to attract more than 300,000 people. And that’s just local police!

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Sunday might be the biggest sports day ever in the city of Indianapolis, with the momentum-infused Indiana Pacers hosting a home playoff game the same day as the Indianapolis 500 for the first time ever.

Meanwhile, among Heat fans back in Miami, the mood is somewhat less celebratory.

Panic and doubt do not a party make.

Chris Bosh said, “Our backs are against the wall, and I think this is what we need right now.”

Oddly, he might be right.

The Big 3-era Heat was forged from this kind of doubt. First, everybody outside of Miami hated LeBron James and nobody thought he and Dwyane Wade could coexist. Then critics branded the whole thing a failure when a championship wasn’t won that first year. Last season at this time, doubts resurfaced as the Heat trailed in each of its past three playoff rounds.

Now? An NBA Eastern Conference finals tied 1-1 with the next two games in Indiana has more than just Heat fans wringing hands. It’s a holiday for all the old doubters. “Turning point?” asked the ESPN.com headline. Is there “an Eastern shift of power?”

Me, I think all of the consternation is premature and that everything will be just fine.

Unless the Heat loses Game 3 on Sunday.

Then I’ll get back to you.

• It’s Memorial Day weekend in America, a time of somber reflection in which we honor our fallen war heroes the best way we know how: with booze-soaked barbecue parties.

• Wade made a surprise appearance to the delight of a local teen who had asked him to be her prom date. Everyone was thrilled, with the possible exception of the boy who actually was her prom date.

• James was the only unanimous choice on the All-NBA first team and it was barely news. As the Pacers’ George Hill said Friday night, “There’s only one person scarier than him. That’s God.”

• Answer: Thunder star Kevin Durant donating $1 million to Oklahoma tornado relief efforts. Question: For real, what NBA player stood tallest this week even though he wasn’t even playing?

• ESPN set a noon kickoff for UM’s Sept. 7 home football game against Florida, though UM lobbied for a night game and Canes fans are upset over the early start. Seriously? Ever hear Packers fans whine about snow?

• The Pittsburgh Penguins were the first NHL team to reach the conference finals. I don’t wanna say the Stanley Cup playoffs take a long time, but the players’ playoff beards are now floor length.

• No horse racing Triple Crown again after Oxbow won last week’s Preakness. I had an idea to finally end the long Triple Crown drought, but officials rejected my idea to let Miguel Cabrera be a jockey.

• Defenders Reshad Jones and Randy Starks missed a Dolphins workday related to contract matters, and local reporters did their best to pretend a guy missing a practice in May was a big deal.

• Answer: Las Vegas puts the Dolphins’ projected over/under line for 2013 wins at 7.5. Question: Any concern Dolfans have gotten too excited by the team’s offseason moves?

• The Dolphins’ FinsWeekend fundraiser was held. Highlight was a tie between the $700,000 raised for local charities and Lauren Tannehill

Don Shula finished fifth in an ESPN greatest-NFL-coach poll, after the network rejected Miami’s idea to reword the question, “Who is the greatest coach to have a Perfect Season?”

•  Ray Lewis plans to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro next month, after previously doing the metaphorical equivalent in his life and career.

• Sentences I Never Imagined Writing (one in a series): Receiver Plaxico Burress, who spent 20 months in prison on a gun charge, has come out with a line of luxury men’s socks.

• St. Louis signed undrafted offensive lineman Terrell Brown, who is 6-10 and 403 pounds. “Finally! Somebody who’s slower than me,” Manti Te’o said.

The French Open is under way, with Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal the defending champs. Nadal and top-ranked Novak Djokovic appear on the same half of the bracket. That’s what happens when you put Roger Federer in charge of the draw.

• UM baseball hoped to attract an NCAA regional host’s role on the strength of its performance in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Wild guess that 10-0 and 7-1 losses weren’t what coach Jim Morris had in mind.

• The Cleveland Cavaliers won the lottery for next month’s top draft pick. Owner Dan Gilbert and his son credit their lucky bowties. I think I’d rather be unlucky.

• Charlotte’s awful NBA team is changing its name from Bobcats back to Hornets in an effort to avoid creditors.

• The Marlins, who have lost nine games by shutout and are 0-12 at home with the roof closed, signed a reliever with perfect surname for a team at the bottom of standings: Duane Below.

•  Alex Rodriguez sold his Miami waterfront mansion for $30 million. Reminds me of my own house, other than his being 51,000 square feet bigger and having nine bedrooms, 11 baths and a zen garden.

• Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt says in a new book he once was homophobic but isn’t now. I don’t care about that. I’m too busy wondering how a mediocre middle reliever gets a book deal.

•  Sergio Garcia made a “fried chicken” reference to needle Tiger Woods as their discord escalated, rendering Garcia guilty of both a racist comment and a lame cliché.

•  David Beckham is retiring. What a big, big loss for the sport of underwear modeling.

• Golf is outlawing those long, anchored putters that many pros use. I wish golf would outlaw the putter I use that’s always three-putting greens.

•  Parting thought: The Reds’ Aroldis Chapman blew a save after reportedly eating 18 Cuban pastries before the game. Chapman later tested positive for a PDG, performance-diminishing guava.

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