It was nine months in the making, but shortly before 1:30 p.m., the Miami Heat’s championship celebration inside the AmericanAirlines Arena kicked off.
Heat forward Chris Anderson is grudgingly accepting his one-game suspension from the NBA, promising not to change the way he plays.
The NBA has suspended Miami Heat forward Chris “Birdman” Andersen after an altercation with Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
While the majority of the focus of the thrilling Heat victory in Game 1 will be on LeBron James’ incredible play at the end of the game, there’s another player who was just as key to the Heat getting the win to open the series: Chris Andersen.
Ray Allen scored 21 points, LeBron James had 19 and the Miami Heatembarrassed the Chicago Bulls with a 115-78 victory in Game 2 of the teams’ Eastern Confer ence semifinal series on Wednesday night.
Everyone knows LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, and most of the other Heat stars. But there’s a fan favorite who debuted with the team in late January who could be playing the biggest role of all for Miami, center Chris “Birdman” Andersen.
Add the Miami Heat to the “Harlem Shake” craze.
While Chris “Birdman” Andersen is only averaging 11 minutes, 4 points, and 4 rebounds per game, the Miami Heat have seen enough of the big man to sign him for the rest of the regular season.