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.
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.was
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