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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Heat players split about disloyal fans heading into Game 7

06.20.13 at 8:01 am ET

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NBA Finals: Spurs at Heat, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)
MLB: Red Sox at Tigers , 7:08 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8:05 p.m. (WGN)
College baseball: World Series, North Carolina vs. NC State, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Women’s soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. South Korea, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘™¦ A number of Heat fans left Tuesday night’s Game 6 in Miami when it appeared the home team was going to lose to the Spurs. When the Heat made their dramatic comeback — tying the game and forcing overtime on Ray Allen‘s 3-pointer with five seconds remaining and eventually winning — some fans tried to return but were not allowed back inside AmericanAirlines Arena.

Heat forward Chris Bosh had little sympathy for those unfaithful fans.

“For all those guys who left, make sure they don’t come to Game 7,” Bosh said before Wednesday’s practice. “We only want the guys who are going to stay in the building for the whole game. You never give up. People gave up on us and they can stay where they are and watch the game at home.”

Dwyane Wade was a little more forgiving.

“It’s hard to be a fan,” he said. “I get nervous and frustrated when I watch my son play in his games. But you’d rather be in this moment than not be in this moment. I heard about what happened with some of our fans the other night. But it’s OK. I welcome them back with open arms.”

Game 7 is Thursday night in Miami, and LeBron James is calling it “one of the biggest games, if not the biggest game of my life.”

Said James: “I understand the moment for me. I’m going to have butterflies. I’ll be nervous. That’s how it should be. The moment is going to be grand.”

‘™¦ Tennis star Serena Williams apologized Wednesday and implied she was misquoted when she said that the 16-year-old female victim in the rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, “shouldn’t have put herself in that position.”

Two Steubenville high school football players were convicted in March of raping the drunken teen.

“I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article,” Williams said in a statement released through her agent. “What was written — what I supposedly said — is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.”

‘™¦ Tony Romo has been criticized for failing to lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl title, but one team legend who had more success has faith in him.

“I think Tony Romo is a championship quarterback,” Roger Staubach said in an interview with Dallas sports radio station 105.3 The Fan. “He can take a team to a championship. He can’€™t do it by himself, but I really believe he can do it. I just see what he does on the field, the plays he makes, the throws he makes, the sense that he has to move in the pocket so I’€™m pulling really hard for Tony because I really believe he is one heck of a quarterback, and that’€™s a feeling from somebody that I didn’€™t say that about any other quarterbacks except for Troy Aikman. I think Tony is the right quarterback, and we’€™re lucky to have Tony Romo.”

Staubach is convinced the Cowboys, 8-8 last season, aren’t far away from a Super Bowl berth.

“Dallas will have a shot at it,” he said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 20, 1980, the Angels routed the Red Sox, 20-2. Which unlikely Angels infielder led the onslaught with three home runs and a double?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I guess it was just our turn to score again. It was a fun game to play. … I’m sure the fans enjoyed that, for sure.” — Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, after Chicago’s 6-5 victory over the Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 — Runs scored by the Rays in the first inning of Wednesday’s 6-2 victory over the Red Sox, matching their total output in both games of in Tuesday’s doubleheader

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Andrew Wiggins, the nation’s top basketball recruit, shows Kansas fans what they can expect during a scrimmage on campus.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Light-hitting 5-foot-4 shortstop Freddie Patek, who finished his career with 36 home runs

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Lionel Richie was born on this day in 1949.

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