A year ago, I happened to be in Miami the night of Game 6 between the Heat and the Mavs. Well, I was actually staying the night on the north side of Miami, a long way from the arena. But I was in the area and could feel the lack of hope.
After the Heat lost the 2-1 lead and fell behind 3-2, some people said they still had home court advantage and could get the title at home. But there was no hope in the Florida fans I saw. They knew the end was near.
And I think LeBron and DWade did, too.
Things seem different this year.
Now they're up 2-1, but in Miami. And in the NBA it is much different playing at home.
Games 4 and 5 in Dallas last year were almost impossible to win. Now the Heat know they have momentum and home court advantage on their side.
Plus, Kevin Durant says he can't sleep? That can't be good for the Thunder. Maybe KD is afraid when he goes to sleep he'll have more foul nightmares.
It is the foul trouble of Durant that has turned this series around.
Things are still far from over, but Miami has to like its status.
And much more than last year.