Heat coach Erik Spoelstra compares Patriots rally to Ray Allen ‘yellow rope’ game in 2013 Finals

 

 

Heat players and staff at Sunday's Super Bowl watch party in Minneapolis.

Heat players and staff at Sunday’s Super Bowl watch party in Minneapolis.

 

MINNEAPOLIS – For the Miami Heat, at least those around in June of 2013, the Patriots’ comeback Sunday in the Super Bowl brought back memories.

“It certainly reminded us of the yellow ropes,” coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Spoelstra was referring to the final seconds of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals when the NBA ordered the yellow ropes be brought at AmericanAirlines Arena in the final seconds out to control the crowd as the San Antonio Spurs were preparing to celebrate the championship.

But then the most famous shot in Heat history happened as Ray Allen hit a corner 3 to tie the game with 5.2 seconds remaining and the Heat won in overtime. Miami then won Game 7 for its second consecutive title.

The Falcons were ready to celebrate their first Super Bowl win leading by 25 points late in the third quarter before Tom Brady led a stirring New England comeback that culminated in a game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion with less than a minute to play before the Patriots drove 75 yards on the opening possession of  overtime for a 34-28 victory and its fifth Super Bowl.

Udonis Haslem is the only member of the Heat that was on the team for their run of four consecutive Finals and back-to-back titles.

Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters at Super Bowl part.

Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters at Super Bowl party.

“It crossed my mind,” Haslem said about the comparison. “I saw the owner (Arthur Blank) on the sideline getting ready to celebrate but at the same time I was still engaged in the game still hoping Atlanta was going to pull it out.”

The Heat got together at a local restaurant in downtown Minneapolis to watch the game, with players and coaches witnessing the drama together.

Well, mos of them.

Goran Dragic, who is a bigger fan of futbol than football, said he was bored at halftime and left. He caught the second half in his room while talking with his family.

“It was a huge achievement for what the New England Patriots did and Brady,” said Dragic, who admitted he was rooting for the Falcons because they were the underdog.

Spoelstra has started thinking about more of these outings the last few years. This season the team has gotten together in Portland for a dinner at a restaurant in which Spoelstra is a part owner and Memphis for a Thanksgiving dinner.

“It just makes this life more memorable and more enjoyable,” he said. “You can get whatever you want out of it. It’s not necessarily to try to cultivate more wins but we’re going to be on the road, we’re going to be out there together, you want to make the season memorable and not just go through it like a robot.”

Haslem agreed.

“It’s always fun for us to get together and create those relationships and build an atmosphere,” he said. “I think that’s part of a winning foundation.”

While Haslem and Dragic were rooting for the Falcons, Hassan Whiteside was happy with the outcome.

“I had the Patriots winning,” he said. “I hadn’t watched a play this year but if I’ve learned anything, don’t bet against Brady. I thought it was going to take a miracle and Tom Brady showed himself.”

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