With Miami Heat obsessives anxiously gearing up for game five of the NBA Finals at American Airlines arena, the equally excited fans here at County Grind thought it wise to provide you with a soundtrack for what promises to be a very nerve-racking 48-minutes of game time. Hopefully during which, LeBron, Wade, Chalmers, and the gang will show us a thing or two about how to play really good basketball.
This 10-song mixtape gives respect to the music of both Oklahoma City and Miami, featuring five artists from each city. While the series is currently tipped in Miami's favor at 3-1, the Heat still need to defend on their home turf or risk the chance of having to close the Finals in Oklahoma City. This will truly be a contest for the ages. Good thing you've got the appropriate background music right here.
Oklahoma, the Music, Not the Musical
10. Kings of Leon - "Sex on Fire"
Looking for a way to convey your excitement when Dwyane Wade makes those impossible driving layups to the basket? We know we were. This 2008 hit from Oklahoma natives Kings of Leon perfectly describes the ectasy of seeing The Flash live up to his nickname.
9. All-American Rejects - "Gives You Hell"
If Russell Westbrook's one-man tirade in game four is any indication of Oklahoma City's resolve, then we're going to need some serious "get pumped" tunes. Yell the gang vocals to "Gives You Hell" at your television during game five (because, who can really afford those tickets?) in the hopes that you will give the Heat's closing rotation a much needed kick in the pants.
8. Toby Keith - "Red Solo Cup"
Look, OKC, losing is tough. But there's no reason to fret. Pop in this upbeat homage to America's favorite pastime as you're drowning your failure in some good ol', watered-down Natural Light.
7. Carrie Underwood - "Play On"
As gloriously as the Heat have played in the last three games, we must remember that this is a series. LeBron James took this mindset to heart in game four. In the closing minutes, James sunk a game-deciding three-pointer in spite of a clearly serious leg injury (or cramp, or whatever) incurred from a previous play. The Heat cannot afford to coast through this last game at home. As soon as thoughts of despair and futility set in, put on this cowgirl tear-jerker from Carrie Underwood and remember the key to victory: Play on.
6. The Flaming Lips - "Do You Realize?"
No clever quips behind this song choice. As a begrudging tribute to our opponents from the west, I give you Oklahoma's official state rock song, "Do You Realize?" by The Flaming Lips. Those Okies have good taste in music, I'll give 'em that.
5. Rick Ross - "The Boss"
Miami rapper Rick Ross has solidified his place as the Miami Heat's Jack Nicholson. Like the veteran actor's frequent Laker game appearances, Ross can often be seen courtside at AAA, supporting the Heat.
4. Gloria Estefan - "Rhythm is Gonna Get You"
This Gloria Estefan classic is the perfect song to play during a high-scoring run by the Heat. Over the course of this season, the Heat have given us a lot of spectacular scoring highlights. Nevertheless, flash-in-the-pan offensive drives do not win championships. Consistency is key. Heed Gloria's words on this one guys: Rhythm is gonna get you... A championship.
3. Pitbull - "Back in Time"
Every resident of "The 305" knows that no Miami playlist is complete without repping Pitbull. This track captures the swagger and spirit of the Miami club scene. Hopefully, this song can also serve as a reminder to the referres in game five to utilize the magic of playback.
2. KC and the Sunshine Band - "That's The Way I Like It"
Any expectations for game five? LeBron and Wade combining for 60-plus points. Battier and Chalmers hitting their perimeter shots. Bosh and Haslem snagging those rebounds as if
their lives depended on it. (And for God's sake, keep Russell Westbrook away from the basket). That's the way (uh huh, uh, uh huh), I like it.
1. Ace Hood - "Hustle Hard"
This Broward County-bred rapper has already been given a nod from King James himself in his own mixtape. His song "Hustle Hard" conveys exactly what the Heat should strive for in this series. This notion was perhaps best illustrated by Heat point guard Mario Chalmers, who made an astounding 25 points in game four. An integral part of successful Miami games is one of the role players stepping up to help the Big 3 on offense.
In short, good hustle, Rio! Oklahoma City is a formidable adversary to say the least, but Tuesday's victory at AAA showed them what countless South Floridians already know... The Heat is on!
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