Now, this was basketball.
After slogging through the first three series of the 2013 postseason, first against an overmatched and altogether uninteresting opponent (the Milwaukee Bucks) and then against two bruising but offensively-limited adversaries (the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers), the Miami Heat finally got to play a free-flowing and appealing style.
They just didn't win.
They didn't win because the San Antonio Spurs made even fewer mistakes down the stretch, and because Tony Parker, whom they had largely controlled on pick-and-rolls, made a circus shot when it mattered most.
But they didn't leave the game all that discouraged.
After all, since LeBron James and Chris Bosh signed with the Heat, Miami has fallen behind in six other series. It has not only won five of those series, but has only lost one game (out of 18) after facing a deficit, whether that deficit was 0-1, 1-2 or 2-3.
Let Dwyane Wade tell you:
"It's very urgent. Obviously you don't want to go down 0-2 going to San Antonio for three straight games. Odds are not that good. They are not in our favor. We're not a team that really says too much, this is a must-win game. But this is a must-win game."
So how do they win it?
Here are five ways...
(All quotes for this piece were collected through the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post.)