Miami Heat fans have developed a reputation recently of not being the most faithful to their team.
Tuesday night could not have proven that point any more.
There was a mass exodus of Heat fans at AmericanAirlines Arena down the stretch in Game 6 on Tuesday. You know, the same Game 6 that saw the Heat come from behind in the fourth quarter. The same Game 6 that saw Ray Allen force overtime with a three-pointer with five seconds left. The same Game 6 that saw Chris Bosh block Danny Green at the buzzer in overtime.
UPDATE: Wednesday, June 19, at 5:23 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
Chris Bosh has a simple message for the fans who left early on Tuesday night (via Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun):
"For all those guys who left, don't come back for Game 7." - Chris Bosh— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) June 19, 2013
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Heat Fans, Optimistic https://t.co/C6qCkhqrc3— Rembert Browne (@rembert) June 19, 2013
The Dan Le Batard Show tweeted:
Mass exodus. Gotta beat traffic, you know?— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) June 19, 2013
Le Batard added:
So many people have left that I'm honestly embarrassed for this city.— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) June 19, 2013
When fans heard the Heat were mounting a furious comeback, they reportedly begged to be let back into the arena, but weren't allowed to.
Victor Oquendo of WPLG tweeted:
@sunsentinello once they leave, they are not allowed back in. And they are STILL begging to be let in— Victor Oquendo (@VictorOquendo) June 19, 2013
Well, perhaps the guilty will learn their lesson: never lose hope in your team.
Game 6 was a stunning display of resiliency by the defending champions. Their season appeared to be over and done with when they found themselves down by five points with 28 seconds left. One missed free throw and two three-pointers later, they had forced overtime.
The Heat found themselves trailing by three points with 2:42 remaining in overtime, but went on to score six unanswered points down the stretch to force a Game 7.
For fans of perennially struggling franchises, what some Heat fans did on Tuesday night was inexcusable. It was the kind of display that gives an entire city a bad reputation.
We can only hope Heat fans show up and stay at Game 7. That's the least they can do at this point, for the sake of diehard sports fans everywhere.