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Spunk and luck

 

OUR OPINION: Win or lose the championship, Miami should celebrate the Heat as a symbol of who we are

HeraldEd@MiamiHerald.com

The nail-biter of Game 6 in the NBA Finals stands as an allegory for Miami’s spunk — and luck.

And now it’s winner take all tonight — another test for Heat fans who have grown accustomed to the Three Kings saving the day for the crown.

Except it was the Heat’s Ray Allen who saved Miami from the agony of defeat Tuesday night.

Because when it comes right down to it, it’s hard work, focus and practicality that sustain this city and make it shine, too, just as Allen saved his team’s stars — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — from defeat.

With 28.2 seconds to go, the San Antonio Spurs were ahead Tuesday night and about to celebrate the championship when — presto — Allen stroked a three-pointer to force overtime.

The impatient Heat fans who were ambling out of the American Airlines Arena just seconds before missed the glorious turnaround.

They bailed when it looked like their team was sinking, which should offer another lesson to our residents and leaders alike: Winning takes patience and hard work. And sticking it out.

As the Heat’s Bosh said after the game, “For all those [fans] who left, make sure you don’t come to Game 7. You never give up. People gave up on us, and they can stay where they are and watch the game at home.”

Harsh words, but he makes a good point.

For visitors to the Magic City, Miami can seem like a wild party with hot stars, big names, flashy cars. And Big Egos. It can seem fast, loose and furious (especially on our highways).

But we know better. It’s during our day-to-day travails when the real Miami can outshine any city on a hill, when those who call Miami home — often people who risked everything to get here, people from the poorest nations in the Caribbean to the richest enclaves in Latin America or even Russia and beyond — test their perseverance.

Sure, Miamians can seem arrogant and brash — New York under the sun, if you will.

In truth, that brashness often serves as an armor to hide our insecurities. Better to appear tough than weak.

It’s also best to be loyal to the team even in the worst of times.

Lesson learned: You never give up. Be humble.

Win or lose the championship tonight, South Florida should celebrate what the Heat and their owner, Micky Arison, have done to give Miami a boost over the years.

Our baseball team may be in the dumps in its shiny new stadium, and our football team may need a new stadium to remain competitive, but all the Heat need on Thursday is us, their fans, to keep them going.

And a little bit of humility and patience from the fans — amid cries of Go Heat! — wouldn’t hurt either.

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