Random Evidence of a Cluttered Mind

This is enough to send Heat fans to the pharmacy

 

Hot list

Today: Winners of NBA league and Finals MVP in the same season. The Heat-Spurs Finals feature the two most recent members of an exclusive club. The list in inverse chronology:

Player Team Season
LeBron James Heat2011-12
Tim Duncan Spurs 2002-03
Shaquille O’Neal Lakers 1999-2000
Michael Jordan Bulls Four times*
Hakeem Olajuwon Rockets 1993-94
Magic Johnson Lakers 1986-87
Larry Bird Celtics Two times*
Moses Malone 76ers 1982-83
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Bucks 1970-71
Willis Reed Knicks 1969-70

*Jordan did it in 1990-91, ’91-92, ’95-96 and ’97-98, and Bird in 1983-84 and ’85-86. James this month has chance to join them as only players to do the MVP-double multiple times.


What South Florida sports fans are talking about:

1. HEAT

Pressure on for Miami to even NBA Finals in Game 2 here Sunday: Times in the Heat’s 25-year history that it has trailed in a playoff series 2-0 after consecutive home losses: Once. It was in 2001 against Charlotte. Doing that again now was not the kind of repeat Miami fans had in mind Sunday night.

2. DOLPHINS

Team stages three-day minicamp this week: Raising a hand in midst of Heat playoff mania to say “Hey, don’t forget about us,” the Dolphins hold a minicamp this week. By general consensus, Miami is among league leaders for best offseason. I think Dolfans would trade that for being among league leaders when actual games are being played.

3. MARLINS

Team returns home Monday. (Um, is that a good thing?): The worst-record-in-baseball Fish, back home starting Monday, had won three of their past 15 games entering the weekend. The thing is, Miami has been so awful this season, you’re not quite sure if winning three of the past 15 games constitutes a slump for this team or a hot streak.

4. GOLF

Tiger-led glamour threesome launches 138th U.S. Open: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, the top-ranked players in the world, are paired together for first two rounds of the U.S. Open starting Thursday outside Philadelphia. Guys in all the other groups could play in their underwear and drink tequila on the greens for all anyone would notice.

5. TENNIS

It’s championship weekend for French Open major in Paris: Rafael Nadal’s seven titles and 58-1 career record in Paris make me like his chances Sunday. I wasn’t sure when the Maria Sharapova-Serena Williams women’s final started Saturday, Miami time, but then I was awakened by hearing Sharapova’s shrieks and grunts all the way from Paris.

gcote@miamiherald.com

Can we take this for six more games, Heat fans? Can we take this emotional buffeting over two turbulent weeks?

I feel like Miami’s home arena during these NBA Finals should have an adjunct pharmacy, pill kiosks dispensing temporary respite from what this series is giving us.

Hearts pounded then ached as Game 1 slipped away in the last seconds Thursday night. Now minds race and stomachs roil as we anticipate a Game 2 on Sunday that the Heat simply cannot afford to lose.

Dramamine, please, for motion sickness as we take a thrill ride that will soar majestically then violently dip. (And what better medicine for this unfolding series than one that starts with “Drama”?) Nitroglycerin handy, perhaps, should the anxiety begin to feel like the chest is constricting. Abilify, too, maybe, just in case the wave of depression felt after Game 1 compounds itself with another loss.

It would help if Heat fans were all as robotically placid as the Spurs’ Tim Duncan — the Beige Sweater-Vest of NBA stars — but unfortunately Miami fans occasionally show actual emotion. Especially when rare and unexpected losses visit.

Then again, instead of medication, Heat fans surely would prefer the natural cure that comes with 35 points from LeBron James, maybe 25 from Dwyane Wade, some maniacal defense and perhaps a few more three-pointers falling.

Just to play it safe, can we get Justin Bieber to show up again and sit courtside Sunday? And wear his dark glasses and bling like a peach-fuzz gangsta again?

I think Miami fans having a chance to boo Bieber brings the Heat luck.

And if not, the cherished opportunity to mock his self-absorption at least feels good — the bright side of even the worst night.

Just got a police scanner and finding it very interesting. For instance, I just heard Miami police issue an urgent all-points-bulletin for Shane Battier’s missing three-point shot.

• LeBron is on the cover of the new NBA 2K14 video game. Cannot confirm the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard is harassing him after following him onto the cover.

•  Dennis Rodman said this week LeBron would be “just an average player” if he’d played in the late 1980s or early ’90s. So it’s true what they say. An accumulation of drugs, tattoo ink and hair dye really can make you stupid.

• Answer: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban

• The Miami Hurricanes’ long-awaited NCAA hearing in the Nevin Shapiro saga is set to happen late this week in Indianapolis. The Heat just broke the city’s heart by eliminating its Pacers. Let’s hope Indy doesn’t have payback in mind.

• The Marlins made North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran the sixth overall pick of this week’s MLB amateur draft. One wonders if the kid’s family was pleased or might have preferred he be drafted by a professional organization.

• MLB is pursuing suspensions of Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and some 18 others over performance-enhancing drugs related to Biogenesis, the now-closed Coral Gables “clinic.” Shame, Shame, Shame — it isn’t just a 1974 disco hit by Shirley & Company.

• Boston reached the Stanley Cup Finals and Chicago was trying to get in late Saturday night. Nathan Horton plays for the Bruins and Dale Tallon used to be general manager of the Blackhawks, and that’s about as close as you get to the playoffs right now, Panthers fans.

• The last of the season’s Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes, ran Saturday on an expected muddy track in New York. The prohibitive favorite going off at 6-5 odds: Miguel Cabrera.

• UM baseball’s ouster from the NCAA regional in Louisville, Ky., ended a disappointing season. Luckily, the Marlins were around to make it seem better by comparison.

• The Denver Nuggets fired NBA Coach of the Year George Karl. Hey, wait. When did Jeffrey Loria buy the Nuggets!?

• I don’t wanna say the Marlins have no power, but that Home Run Sculpture that activates only when a Marlin homers is now covered with cobwebs and rust and is home to squatters.

• Sentences I Never Thought I’d Write (one in a series): Nick Saban is selling his $11 million house at auction. Amenities include a three-story lighthouse.

•  Jeff Ireland said he think the Dolphins have “closed the gap” on the Patriots in the AFC East. Ireland is the only NFL GM to publicly express optimism in June, not counting every other GM who ever lived.

• Spain and Haiti met in a soccer friendly at Dolphins stadium Saturday. A “friendly” means the result doesn’t matter, and that the only thing about the game that counts is the money paid to watch it.

•  Parting thought: Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving while dressed in a purple Teletubbies costume. Life’s lesson: How not to be dressed when claiming sobriety.

Visit Greg’s Random Evidence of a Cluttered Blog daily at MiamiHerald.com and follow on Twitter @gregcote, on Instagram/upsetbird and on Vine/Greg Cote.

Read more Greg Cote stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category