Thursday night the Miami Heat took the advantage in the Eastern Conference Finals after defeating the Indiana Pacers 90-79.
After the game, while most of the media hoopla was about the Chris “Birdman” Andersen flagrant foul on Tyler Hansbrough (for which he was recently suspended), LeBron James’ takeover in the third quarter and the health of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
In contrast, most of the Heat players were talking about the impassioned halftime speech that elder teammate Juwan Howard gave the team in the locker room. Both James and Haslem said that, while Howard’s role is limited in terms of on-court production, he provides a great deal of vocal leadership.
Haslem would not go into specifics regarding what was said, but mentioned that Howard “threw a couple things around in the locker room.” Whatever was said, it certainly had an impact, so much so that even Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers was wishing he’d been there.
Unfortunately, Rodgers confused Howard with Juwanna Mann.
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Michael Brumagin is the “Tweet of the Day” columnist for Sheridan Hoops.