NBA’s Most Pathetic Fan Base Ditches Heat During Playoff Game (Again)

Bryan Brandom
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Miami Heat fans are nothing if not consistent.

On Thursday night, they lived up to the reputation earned during Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals.

With their team trailing the Philadelphia 76ers by 11 with more than three minutes remaining in Game 3 of the teams’ first-round playoff matchup, Heat fans began their exodus.

Then a huge Ben Simmons slam a minute later practically emptied American Airlines Arena.

Yeah, not at all a good look.

Many likely hoped to beat the traffic. The rest, I’m assuming, left after finding out LeBron James isn’t on the team anymore.

It’s a particularly unfortunate look for a fan base with a history of showing up late to games and bouncing early.

The most glaring example came in the aforementioned 2013 NBA Finals, when Heat “supporters” abandoned their team at the end of Game 6, assuming the San Antonio Spurs would protect a five-point lead with 28 seconds remaining to claim the title.

Instead, Heat fans missed one of the all-time greatest NBA games, and easily the biggest shot, courtesy of Ray Allen, in Heat history.

Behind a 23-point effort from Joel Embiid in his return from a broken face, the 76ers won 128-108 on Thursday to take a 2-1 series lead.