As the Miami Heat completed a four-game sweep of the No. 8-seed Milwaukee Bucks with an 88-77 win on Sunday, owner Micky Arison decided to leave the Bucks with some farewell words:
But to say that the Miami Heat have not benefited from a high-degree of luck on their quest to repeat as NBA champions, well that would be a little naive.
It’s unfair to criticize them for what is 100 percent out of their hands, but it is hard to ignore this fact: every respectable competitor of the Miami Heat has, or is, facing severe injury problems dramatically affecting their chances at winning a title.
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BROOKLYN — The buzzer at the end of the third quarter sounded. Some fans at Barclays Center clapped, but mostly there was just silence.
Kind of like Deron Williams’ play.
The same Nets fans who couldn’t get enough of their team’s 106-89 blowout Game 1 victory were silenced at the offensive end thanks to intensity and attention to detail by the Chicago Bulls.
In stealing homecourt advantage with a 90-82 victory, the Bulls cut off the head of the snake. A gutty performance by Kirk Hinrich helped force Williams – the key to Brooklyn’s Game 1 win – into one of the worst playoff performances of his career.
But as we all know, the Los Angeles Lakers — Bryant’s only team — is still a participant.
Bryant did not make the trip on Sunday to San Antonio to watch his “brothers” take on the San Antonio Spurs — a team Bryant has had several epic clashes with throughout his postseason and professional career — and instead watched the game from his home in his favorite Pau Gasol jersey.