MIAMI – After LeBron James(notes) declared that closing out the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 of its playoff series was akin to the Miami Heat “finishing our breakfast,” the star inspired a roar of laughter and eye rolls in the visiting locker room.
Philadelphia guard Lou Williams passed out breakfast nicknames to his 76ers teammates prior to tip on Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena, including the dubbing of 7-footer Spencer Hawes(notes) as “Over Easy” and forward Andres Nocioni(notes) as “Huevos Rancheros.”
“We not only took exception to the quote, but to the analogy,” Hawes told Yahoo! Sports before Game 5. “A lot of times people don’t finish breakfast. It’s kind of one of those deals where you’re not very hungry in the morning, and you might take a couple of bites to get you going, and then you roll out the door … Not a great analogy, I don’t think.”
The Heat have a 3-1 series lead on the Sixers and need a victory to advance to a much-anticipated Eastern Conference semifinal showdown with the Boston Celtics. Miami could've gotten a full week's rest before starting a best of seven series on Sunday with the Celtics, but missed the chance for a sweep in Game 4 on Sunday in Philadelphia.