Chris Bosh warned Heat fans who left Game 6 before the game went to overtime to stay away from Game 7. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
A storyline of the Heat's miraculous rally in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday has been the hundreds of Miami fans who left the American Airlines Arena with their team trailing the Spurs by five points with 28 seconds remaining. When the Heat hit two three-pointers to send the game into overtime, those Heat fans who left the arena were not happy when security guards would not let them re-enter for OT.
Heat star Chris Bosh has a message for those fans who bailed early: He doesn't want them to come back for Game 7.
"For all those [fans] who left, make sure you don't come to Game 7," the Miami big man said. "You never give up. People gave up on us, and they can stay where they are and watch the game at home."
Bosh said Heat fans should have known better than to give up on their team -- and the rules at their home arena:
"You can't get let back in after you leave. I know that," Bosh said. "Hell, I've been to games. You can't leave a game and then come back. It doesn't make any sense. You left. It's not punishment; that's protocol."
LeBron James wasn't as harsh as Bosh, cutting Heat fans a little slack:
"I just know in my household, my wife was like, 'Would you please stop doing that to me?' My mother-in-law, even my sons, they were like, 'Oh, my God. You guys lost and won at the same time,'" he said. "I know. We know. I apologize to our fans from last night. But the game is -- that's why the game is played all the way to zeros."