Finally, we get to what basketball fans have been anticipating and waiting so long to enjoy.
What? Oh. You thought I meant Monday’s men’s NCAA Tournament championship game? Nah. Not really. Although that should be pretty good, too, now that you mention it.
But I meant arguably the most drama-filled Heat regular-season week of the Big 3 Era if not ever.
As the NBA schedule winds down, Dwyane Wade endeavors to get healthy and Miami tries to secure the very important No. 1 conference playoff seed, dig this week’s menu. (Yes. Yes I am trying to bring back the hippie-era colloquialism “dig.” Who’s with me?)
Sunday: Heat hosts its once bitterest rival, New York. Phil Jackson’s Knicks are fighting for the final postseason spot out of the East, so this game could be a first-round playoff preview.
Tuesday: Heat hosts the star-filled, playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets, who are 3-0 against Miami this season. (Heat hopes to be cutting down the Nets. No ladder needed.)
Wednesday: Heat visits Memphis, with the desperate Grizzlies clawing to make the playoffs out of the West.
Then, Friday: Oh my! Heat hosts its new bitterest rival, Indiana, in what could be tantamount to a winner-take-all for that No. 1 seed. And you know the Pacers will be ready after Roy Hibbert called his teammates “some selfish dudes.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, anticipating the week’s battles, said, “We’re sharpening our swords.”
While I think of it, LeBron James recorded a rap song he calls Kingdom.
The lyrics include, “My team eating, the rest of y’all drought.” And: “Say what you will about the King. Got money, got cribs, got whips and, oh yeah got two rings!”
Um, not sure what LeBron means by those whips, but I assume they are alongside Spo’s sharpened swords in the Heat arsenal, should they be needed this week.Jordan Rodgers Aaron Nate Burleson