Throughout the final two weeks of the season and now into the playoffs, AmericanAirlines Arena has been playing tribute videos of Heat players during timeouts. Thoughtful and poignant, the videos have been popular among the team to the point that players stare up at the videoboard during breaks in the action rather than look down at coach Erik Spoelstra’s clipboard. The video department cued up Dwyane Wade’s highlight video during the fourth quarter on Sunday with the Heat leading the Charlotte Bobcats by 15 points. Wade wasn’t really interested. He was getting ready to check into the game and extend the lead of the Heat’s eventual and inevitable 99-88 victory. Wade’s buddy, on the other hand, walked out onto the court to stare upwards with the rest of the arena. LeBron James watched intently as the images of Wade young and old flashed across the JumboTron. James smiled, grabbed the towel draped around his neck and then sat down on the bench. Wade and James have made plenty of history together already, but it’s time for a little more. The 2014 playoffs started with a white-hot celebration in Miami on Easter Sunday. With the arena washed in its customary postseason bleach, the Heat easily took a 1-0 lead in its first-round playoff series against the Bobcats. It was the Heat’s first postseason victory against the Bobcats, but the team has now defeated the team owned by Michael Jordan 16-straight times since James signed with Miami.
Miami Heat wins Game 1 against Charlotte Bobcats
Miami Herald | Apr 21