Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 5/25/12

Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.

1:  Miami advances

The Miami Heat are not a perfect team, but they have certain advantages that, when opportunities to exploit them are presented, make them virtually unbeatable.  One of those opportunities comes when you turn the ball over against them, and the Pacers did that last night.  A lot. 

Miami scored 26 points off 22 Pacers turnovers and ran away with Game 6 in the closing minutes to take their Semi-Final series 4-2.  There was just too much LeBron and Wade (especially Wade, more on that shortly), and too many mistakes.  The Pacers could never establish their biggest (literally) advantage in Roy Hibbert, and that proved costly.  Hibbert was the one Pacer for whom Miami had no answer... that is, once he got the ball.  

Now Miami waits for Philadelphia and Boston to settle things tomorrow.  The smart money is on an easy trip to the NBA Finals no matter what, since Philadelphia is too sloppy itself, and the Celtics are decimated by injury and running on fumes.  The Heat may have so much of an advantage in their next series, they may want to consider holding off on Chris Bosh's return so he can be healthy for the Finals.

2: Apropos of nothing: A Chinese beer commercial starting Shaquille O'Neal 

Just because it's awesome

3:  HIGHLIGHTS!!! (a.k.a. What Dwyane Wade did last night)

Dwyane Wade gets the pass on the wing and flies in for the dunk


Dwyane Wade likes to split defenders on the pick and roll

I said DWYANE WADE LIKES TO SPLIT DEFENDERS ON THE PICK AND ROLL!! (mute your computer on this one... or don't for some very loud foreign commentary)

4:  Line of the Night:  Dwyane Wade - 41 points (17-25 fg), 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

I find the questioning of a 30 year-old Wade's abilities hyterical.  I don't know if it's always been this way, but fans seem to expect great things from great players every single night... as if great players aren't allowed to have bad games in big situations.  

Dwyane Wade bounced back from his 5 point outing to score 30, 28 and 41 points in three games, hitting on 40 of 65 shots.  Quick math calculates that to be.... really awesome percent (I failed my math class).   He may or may not be hurt, he may or may not like his coach, but he is without a doubt a megastar doing megastar things.   

5:  You can quote me on that

"Chris Bosh is an awesome basketball player, but when he goes down, that just means more touches for LeBron and Wade.  That's not exactly an advantage."
     -Pacers coach Frank Vogel 

"I'm an inside player; we took the shots that were available.  They weren't enough to win the game."
     -Roy Hibbert, on whether he got the ball enough in the post 


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