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Same as it ever was: Miami Heat fans bail on Game 3 with team losing (video)


As was the case last season, scores of Miami Heat fans were incapable of or uninterested in remaining in their seats at a game the home team was losing in the latter stages of an NBA Finals match-up with the San Antonio Spurs.

With about three minutes remaining in Game 3 and the Heat down 105-90 to the Spurs, disappointed and dejected fans were shown on ABC pouring out of the AmericanAirlines Arena.

To make matters possibly worse, if some accounts on Twitter and other sites can be believed, some Heat fans supposedly had seen enough after the Spurs blew the Heat out of the building early on when San Antonio stormed out to a 41-25 lead in the first quarter. Yep, this apparently is a photo of Heat fans leaving AFTER THE FIRST QUARTER.

If this is true, for shame, Heat fans. For shame.

Granted, unlike last year, the Heat had virtually no chance of mounting a comeback in this game as the deficit the team faced was insurmountable. A much different scenario than what played out during Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals last year. With the Heat down by five points with 28 seconds remaining, hundreds of fans spilled out into the streets, believing there was no chance that the Heat could win the game.

But those fans were wrong. So, so wrong. The Heat did in fact stage an improbable comeback, capped by Ray Allen’s now-legendary three-pointer to force overtime and stave off elimination with a win. Of course, the Heat went on to win Game 7 for the team’s second-straight NBA title.

Nevertheless, strange things have happened, right? While improbable, mounting a furious comeback to erase a 15-point deficit in three minutes is not impossible.

Further, these fans presumably spent hundreds upon hundreds, if not thousands and thousands, of dollars on their NBA Finals tickets. Might as well stick it out for a few more minutes just in case the Heat staged an amazing, unbelievable and historic turnaround.

Poor form from some Heat fans, to be sure.

Imagine if the LeBron James and company had at least made it interesting. Imagine if these fans got into their cars and turned on the radio only to hear that the Heat had a chance to tie or win, they may have said something along the lines of what David Byrne once sang in the Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime.”

And you may ask yourself
Am I right?…Am I wrong?
And you may tell yourself

But lucky for these fans, it didn’t play out that way. Nevertheless, as far as Heat fans are concerned … same as it ever was.

(image via @jose3030)