Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In Lieu of the NBA Lock Out, SBz Brings You: Classic NBA Fire Part Five: Late 90's Heat v. Kicks

It is hard to discuss classic NBA Fire without mentioning the Knicks-Heat rivalry of the late 90’s, as they went in for half a decade against each other in the postseason - not to mention they made history in having their playoff series go the maximum number of games every year from 1997 to 2000.

These tumultuous contests were filled with aggressive physical defense that led to multiple altercations, perhaps none more memorable than Game 5 of the ’99 Eastern Conference semi-finals when PJ Brown tossed Charlie Ward over his head, creating a bench clearing brawl.  The Heat won the first year, advancing to the Eastern Finals, but the Knicks would get revenge the next three seasons knocking out Miami every time.  One thing is for sure, no matter who advanced, the fans were always the winner:

P.J. and Ward's scuffle wasn't the only roughhousing that took place
Was this a playoff series, or a royal rumble?

The Heat open their season against the Knicks on November 2nd at MSG.

Hopefully we will watch the creation of more classic NBA fire for years to come.

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