Heat Playoffs: Watch LeBron Get Elbowed in the Throat Before Winning Game Two

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Late in the fourth quarter, with the Heat clinging to a three-point lead, LeBron James drove to the basket looking to ice it. Instead, LBJ was given something completely different to worry about icing -- his throat. The Bobcats' Josh McRoberts met LeBron and his neck at the basket, sending LeBron sprawling to the floor gasping for air.

No flagrant foul was called. No review happened. No harm, no flagrant foul. Mainly because NBA officials can identify a flagrant about as well as your grandpa can spot Kendrick Lamar.

LeBron instead went to the line on a common foul call and missed one of his two free throws, leaving the Bobcats with a chance to steal the win. It was yet another instance this season when LeBron was the victim of a "nonbasketball play," yet no penalty was assessed by the referees.

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Bobcats Flew Back to Charlotte to Avoid Miami Temptations

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Apparently, Miami's reputation as Vice City worried Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford just a little too much. Rather than having his team spend two free days in this tempting city of sin between playoff games, he flew his young team back to Charlotte.

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Dwyane Wade Stopped Resting So He Could Destroy the Bobcats in Game One

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Sunday's postseason opener answered one of the few questions some had about this Miami Heat team. Yes, Dwyane Wade is OK. And yes, he was taking names of everyone slandering him as he rested this season. Wade shot 10-16 for 23 points in 34 minutes, helping the Heat turn a tight first half into a comfortable 99-88 win.

After playing only 53 games this season, including just six in the past month, there was a bit of a question about how fast LeBron and Wade would hit their familiar playoff speed.

The answer: about two quarters.

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Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats: Five Things To Watch

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Welcome back to the three most stressful months of your life, it's time to basketball. The NBA Playoffs have finally arrived and the Miami Heat are right where you expected them to be, firmly cemented as the odds-on favorite to repeat as World Champions. A less than dominant regular season has some wondering if the Heat can raise their level of play to the rare air they have lived in the past few years, but expecting anything less would be a mistake -- these are the back-to-back NBA Champions we are talking about, they own that air space.

First things first, the Charlotte Bobcats stand as the Heat's first test. During the Big Three Era the Heat are 16-0 versus Charlotte, although most of that came before the team added Al Jefferson this past summer. The Bobcats are the only NBA franchise that has never won a single playoff game. Needless to say, Charlotte is a gigantic underdog in this series.

The action tips-off today 3:30 p.m. on ABC. Here are a few things to watch for as the Miami Heat take their first steps in accomplishing the rare three-peat.

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Miami Heat's Ten Most Dramatic Playoff Moments

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The NBA Playoffs begin Sunday for the Miami Heat against the Charlotte Bobcats, and lord knows it's not their first time at the dance. It will be the team's 18th appearance in their relatively young 26-year history. That of course has led to a lot of dramatic playoff moments. Here are our picks for the most dramatic.

See also: Heat Playoff Schedule Is Set: Here's What's Standing Between Miami and a Three-Peat

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LeBron James Topped Jersey Sales This Season; Heat Top Team

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The Miami Heat may be entering the NBA playoffs as a second seed, but they're tops in another set of standings. For the sixth time, LeBron James' jersey was the top seller in the league. The Miami Heat, meanwhile, sold more merchandise this season than any other team.


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Heat Playoff Schedule Is Set: Here's What's Standing Between Miami and a Three-Peat

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Mercifully, the Heat's regular season came to an end Wednesday night with a 100-87 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Heat loss means Miami finishes the season with a 54-28 record, 12 games worse than last season's franchise record 66-win campaign.

With the second seed in the East locked up prior to the game, the Heat had nothing to play for, positioning-wise, and it showed. Wade got in some work as he shakes off some of the rust he's accumulated sitting out so many games this season, but other than that, it was all about getting it over with as the team moves on to more important things.

Other teams did have something to play for last night, though, as everything from the third seed to the seventh seed were in flux until late into the night.

Here's a breakdown of how everything landed after 82 games:

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After Hot Start, the Marlins Settle Back Into Sucking

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The Marlins surprising 5-1 start had us feeling positively optimistic. Maybe this season wouldn't be a slow, painful march to MLB irrelevance. Maybe, just maybe, this would be the first season the team actually lost a playoff series!

Sadly, reality has set back in. The team is in the midst of an eight-game losing streak and has dropped from near the top of the standings back down to the bottom rungs where they're so comfortable.

See also: Wait a Second, Are the Marlins Actually Good This Year?

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Did the Heat Tank Last Night on Purpose to Get the Number Two Seed?

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We're number two! We're number two! The Miami Heat clinched the second seed in the Eastern Conference with last night's 114-93 loss to the Washington Wizards, a terrific feat for most teams, but not so much a reason to celebrate for your defending back-to-back NBA champions.

If resting LeBron James and Chris Bosh didn't tell you all you needed to know about the Miami Heat's priorities when it comes to seeding versus health, the Milwaukee Bucks-esque tanktastic level of play by their bench in the second-to-last game filled you in on the rest. They don't care about your silly seeding system. The fans might; they don't. They are totally over the foreplay.

See also: The Miami Heat Really Wants Second Place

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Miami Hurricanes Got Really Excited Over New Uniforms

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Sometimes after going through a dark, dramatic period, nothing can do wonders like a brand-new wardrobe. Apparently, that was the Miami Hurricanes and Nike's thinking as they unveiled a new set of uniforms this weekend. Similar to other special-edition uniforms the team has worn in recent years, the full set is perhaps one of the biggest changes in the team's history.

If the players' reactions to the unveiling was any indication, they're a big hit.

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