NBA Finals Game 7 Preview: Will the Heat Become a Dynasty or a Disappointment?

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"From nobody to upstart. From upstart to contender. From contender to winner. From winner to champion. From champion to dynasty." -- Pat Riley

Game 7, the two greatest words in sports. Tonight the Miami Heat will stand 48 minutes from back-to-back championships, while at the same time standing just 48 minutes from their second NBA Finals loss in three years -- it's remarkable how much is on the line tonight.

While the pressure on the Heat players is immense, they aren't the only ones whose blood pressure will rise come 9 p.m. Fans will be on the edge of their seats deep into the night, and when the clock strikes midnight, it's either a party or a funeral in South Florida. It has all the feel of a beautiful day on Miami Beach where there just so happens to also be a 50 percent chance of a Category 5 hurricane named ESPN making landfall.

Tonight is the biggest night in Miami Heat history. It could be either the best day of your Miami Heat fandom or one of the worst (I say "one of" because we once signed Smush Parker). You need to be prepared for both outcomes, because no matter what happens, shit is hitting the fan come midnight.

So how do you prepare? How do you plan to cope with the outcome? I'm almost afraid to ask. Do you head to the streets with pots and pans in the event of a victory, or call in to work the next day if they lose? Is winning and losing the difference between blasting that "Yeezus" dancing around your house or headphones under the covers with some Adele? Maybe you have a story from the past two seasons, each of which spread an entirely different vibe across all of South Florida. There are no wrong answers -- this is more of a support-group post than anything. We need to stick together and share stories in this time of great stress.

Whatever it is you do, or don't do, enjoy the game tonight and remember to represent Miami Heat fans well. Take it all in, because it doesn't get any better than this. This truly is the NBA Super Bowl.

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12 comments
Leonel Perez
Leonel Perez

no they wont. the heats run ends today they dont have a chance

Jeff Dearing
Jeff Dearing

Heat will be lucky to get one more quality season out of Wade.

paul
paul

The Houston Rockets won two in a row and nobody called them a dynasty. It's a grossly overused term that should be reserved for only the VERY few teams that set the bar for genuine, sustained dominance (including titles) over a long period of time.

The Celtics of the 60's were a dynasty. Bulls of the 90's. 49ers of the 80's and early 90's. Yankees and Canadiens multiple times in different eras.

The Heat is terrific and well on their way to that status with a win tonight but it's not enough to put them in that rare company. If they can do it three years in a row or, say, four times in a five or six year span then it could be said without diluting the meaning of the word.

Akeem Brunson
Akeem Brunson

Too young to be considered a Dynasty and we will need at leaste 4 more rings, 3 of which are consecutive.

HEATNATION
HEATNATION

@Leonel Perez WHAT WAS THAT?

EAT A DICK

1_lov3
1_lov3

@Ken López THIS IS THE MIAMI NEW TIMES NOT SPURS TIMES GO ELSEHWERE WITH YOUR GO SPURS!! DADE COUNTY 305!!! # TEAMHEAT

rizzmigizz
rizzmigizz topcommenter

@Akeem Brunson LOL, thats ridiculous. i agree it would take 3 rings prob to be a dynasty.....but 6 titles is crazy

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