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2012 nba playoffs

The Miami Heat Live to Vex Us All Another Day

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 24: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat holds up his hand before the Heat take on the Indiana Pacers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 24, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Heat defeated the Pacers 105-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) This guy.

Remember: We know that it is irrational to continue disliking the Miami Heat so much. The team was constructed in a way that we support in theory — athletes taking control of their own future, recognizing themselves as the central assets they are — and in the same way that the Knicks are trying to build their team. (But better, of course.) LeBron James is the best player in the NBA; Dwyane Wade is a champion; Shane Battier seems like he'd be a fun guy to hang out with. But now that the Heat have clinched a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 105-93 win over the Indiana Pacers last night, we find ourselves all the more rigid in our illogical hate. The Heat are just supposed to be hated, particularly when they're this good, when Wade (who scored 41 points last night) and James are peaking together, finally. They'll play the winner of the Celtics-76ers Game 7, a.k.a., our new favorite team in the NBA. It's hard to see how anyone stops them from reaching the NBA Finals again, though. Probably time to preorder your Spurs jersey; it should be here just in time for Game 1. [Sighs.]

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