The Ten Things You Need To Know About the NBA Playoffs as a Miami Heat Fan

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The NBA Playoffs start Saturday, and it could not come soon enough.

This year, the Miami Heat, and the three superstars the team is built around, go for their fourth NBA Finals in a row and a possible third NBA Championship. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but it may be the last time we see our Big Three together for a championship again.

In preparation of what promises to be the hardest playoff run the team has ever been a part of, here are ten things you need to know about this year's playoffs and our Miami Heat's role within it.

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Enter the O, Miami Basketball Tournament and Win Street Cred

What do the Big Three and O, Miami have in common? Their love of dominant basketball.

Miami's literary and athletic worlds are headed for a collision course next Easter Sunday. Do your free throw reps, get that jumper wet, and prepare to have some good time on the hardwood. On April 20, the gauntlet will be thrown.

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Shannon Briggs Returns to Boxing, Hosts Fight Celebration at Wonderland Saturday

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When Manny Pacquiao returns to the ring on Saturday, another ex-champ will celebrate his own attempt at a comeback amid a bevy of bare naked beauties on Biscayne Boulevard. Shannon Briggs, the last American to hold the heavyweight boxing title, is hosting a watch party at the upscale gentleman's club Wonderland for Pacquiao's bout against undefeated WBO welterweight champ Timothy Bradley.

Briggs, who hasn't had a major fight in four years, is looking to join George Foreman and Evander Holifield in the pantheon of over-40 heavyweight boxers who staged successful comebacks. He slashed off his signature blonde braids and dropped close to a hundred pounds in six months. At 6'4" and a lean 262 pounds, Briggs resembles a Spartan chiseled out of marble. Last month, Briggs went viral when he appeared on video throwing a shoe at current heavyweight champ and Ukranian boxer Wladimir Klitschko at the Hollywood gym where both men train.

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Is the Miami Heat the Most Fashionable Team in the NBA? Chris Bosh Talks Miami Style

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Usually, it's D-Wade who gathers all the complements off the court for his sharp-line suits and wing-tip shoes. However, it seems yet another style icon is looming on the Heat horizon.

As your champion Heat gear up to play the unfashionable Cleveland Cavaliers, Chris Bosh wants Miami to know that he has a soft side for fashion, too. Sorry fanatics, you'll find no talk of stats or four-point-plays here. Instead, we caught up with the gentle giant of the 305 at the Express Yourself Runway Show to talk about his fixation with bow ties, his nights out with the boys, and why girls have it easy. The man, the myth, the undercover fashionista -- this is Chris Bosh behind the ball.

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Miami New Times' Beer Pong Tournament Friday at Whiskey Joe's, Win $200

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Doesn't this just look delicious?
So you like competitive sports, and you like to drink, but you wish you could mix the two without the unpleasant side effect of running 'til you puke.

Well, you can have your beer and drink it, too, all while winning cold-hard cash at the New Times Beer Pong Tournament Series, sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon and kicking off Friday, Feb. 21, at
Whiskey Joe's.

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Wildfox Model Beach Volleyball Tournament 2014: Sexy Bods, a Good Cause, Jamie Foxx (Video)

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This weekend, we lurched out from our usual nocturnal, bed-cave existence and hit the sprawling sands of South Beach to catch some rays and touch some abs at the 5th-Annual Wildfox Model Beach Volleyball tournament.

It was as good as you'd expect a free event featuring beautiful people playing competitive sports might be - and then some. Because models are charitable people, the weekend benefited not only our basic carnal urges, but also the Irie Foundation. Of course, DJ Irie was there, and he brought his friend Jamie Foxx with him.

Did you miss it? Don't freak out. We caught the whole thing on video.

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Miss USA Nana Meriwether to Compete in Wildfox Model Beach Volleyball: "Maybe I'll Spread Rumors or Something"

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Right now, New York City is floundering in icy, slushy chaos. The high hardly breaks 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Meanwhile, everything here at home is perfect blue skies and sunscreen on sandy beaches. It's no wonder Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriweather can't wait to get her butt down here.

The former Olympically-trained volleyball player will brush up on her spiking skills and try to lead her team of gorgeous bodies to victory in the fifth-annual Wildfox Model Beach Volleyball tournament. It's competitive sports for a good cause, with support for the Irie Foundation -- but watching all those models compete is worth it alone, right?

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Monster Jam Driver Dan Evans Drives Blue Thunder Over Cop Cars, Doesn't Do Dishes

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Revel in the awesome manifestation of human engineering that is a monster truck. These 10,000-pound behemoths figuratively ejaculate nearly 2,000 horsepower of raw, automotive aggression. That means they can go from zero to 100 miles per hour in the length of your driveway, which then catapults them two stories in the air, only to land on what could've been your grandmother's 1987 Buick LaSabre.

These monstrous marvels of human ingenuity are coming to Sun Life Stadium Saturday, February 8, for one of their over-the-top stadium events. That means there will be at least 18 trucks fighting it out for pride, ego, and some kind of ambiguous prize that no one can identify and makes a Monster Truck event feel more like a theatrical wrestling match than an actual sport.

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The Best and Worst Super Bowl 2014 Commercials

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The game is over, the tears have been shed, and the Seattle Seahawks are going to spend the next six months bathing in Jacuzzis spilling over with champagne and thong-clad white women.

But while many Americans focused on Peyton Manning's sorry interception face, some of us fast forwarded to the commercials, greedily-lapping up every wonderful drop of American commercialism.

It seems every year before the Super Bowl, Madison Avenue shares notes because a yearly commercial theme becomes a little too obvious. Probably because the combined creativity of all those ad agencies isn't even close to what a 4-year old and a pack of crayons is capable of.

This years theme was obvious: celebrity appearances. Whether it was Stephen Colbert, Sean Astin, or Terry Crews, the people that fill the backgrounds of movies and TV shows got paid, and got paid big time.

But you want to know one thing: who was a hit, and who missed? We've got your back. Here are the worst and best of the Super Bowl XLVIII commercials.

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Five Reasons to Care About Super Bowl XLVIII

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As Super Bowls go, this Sunday's is, well, not terribly exciting. There's no Miami connection; the Dolphins aren't in it and the city's not hosting. The teams -- the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks -- don't inspire the kind of devotion many once felt for the New Orleans Saints, or the kind of hatred many continue to feel for the New York Jets or the New England Patriots. Even the halftime show sounds pretty lame. Unless Bruno Mars literally catches a grenade thrown at him by an over-excited Richard Sherman, it'll likely be a big ol' yawn.

But don't plan to tune your TV to Downton Abbey just yet. (Though you really should record it.) There are plenty of compelling reasons for Miamians to get pumped for Sunday's big game.

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