May 25, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT
Sports tradition calls for you to say, “We’re just happy to be here, both teams present challenges and we will just try to be ready.”
That’s… organic fertilizer from male cows.
NBA players and coaches have preferences. And like the rest of us in life what they are rooting for is the easiest path to their goal.
In the case of the Miami Heat, sitting in a South Beach bar somewhere watching the Celtics and Sixers slug it out in Game 7 on Saturday, they won’t say it but they actually do, suggests Brian Windhorst at ESPN’s Heat Index.
But honestly, the Heat will not be rooting for the Celtics on Saturday. It may have less poetry and glamour, but the Heat most likely would much rather see the 76ers pull the upset.
It is true that the 76ers are younger, more athletic, deeper and healthier than the Celtics at this point. But the Heat have dominated Philadelphia like no other team in the East over the past two seasons; the two teams have played 12 times, including the first round of last year’s playoffs. Eleven times the Heat have won, including sweeping this season’s series 4-0.
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