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Heat Made New Rules, Others Must Follow

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The too-easily described “hatred” of the Heat has been disproportionately probed, turning a winding, winded parade of sportswriters into unlicensed psychologists. But the analysis has mostly missed the point about why Miami is epicenter of the most interesting team in America as the NBA Finals commence here Tuesday against Dallas.

It isn’t what LeBron James did to Cleveland, the default starting point for all the examining. It is bigger than that.

It is what Miami, this franchise, has done to sports’ status quo and standard operating procedures. Those things were broken like Cavaliers fans’ hearts.

Rules were not broken, much as others might wish, but unwritten rules sure were. Old assumptions were.

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