Miami Heat: Mike Breen’s affinity for making some of the biggest Heat calls

LeBron James #6 and Mike Miller #13 of the Miami Heat celebrate in the second quarter while taking on the San Antonio Spurs during Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
LeBron James #6 and Mike Miller #13 of the Miami Heat celebrate in the second quarter while taking on the San Antonio Spurs during Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat have Eric Reid, but Mike Breen’s a voice of national NBA coverage. By chance or otherwise, Miami highlights some of his biggest calls.

The Miami Heat have been involved in quite a few big games over the last decade or so. That list of games extends much wider than that if you include the last 15 years or so.

With big games comes many iconic moments, memorable plays, and calls that will stand the test of time. By “calls” here, we mean those made by the play by play announcer “calling” the game.

In example, the Miami Heat’s play by play duties are manned by the great Eric Reid. You may also be familiar with this national basketball telecaster, Marc Albert. The guy that is the topic of this piece though is another national voice of NBA coverage in Mike Breen.

When thinking about Mike Breen’s catalog of calls, it is sure to include quite a few iconic calls. This is something that is sure to be the case when you are approaching your third decade of NBA service, as Breen is.

Another thing though, when looking at the place where Miami Heat success and Breen’s tenure in the league crosses paths, there has been quite a bit of interaction. Because of that fact, and also due to needing to feed our thirst for Miami Heat basketball during this suspension with old highlights, we came across these. Here are some of Mike Breen’s most memorable Miami Heat calls.

1. The Mike Miller One Shoe Shot

It was game six of the 2013 NBA Finals and the Miami Heat were not only on the brink of elimination, being down in the series 2-3 to the San Antonio Spurs, but they were also trailing at this point in the game in the fourth quarter. Needing all they could get from everyone on the team to take things to a game seven showdown, everyone had to do their part.

Mike Miller only had eight points, seven boards, and two assists that game on 2-2 from downtown, but he stepped up to hit a shot when they needed it the most. As we all know, the Miami Heat went on to win the series, so it was definitely much needed and appreciated.

2. Ray Allen From The Corner In The Same Game

Ironically enough, or perhaps cheating for these purposes even, Mike Breen had another iconic call in that same game. We all know that one thoroughly by now.

What an amazing and iconic call from one of the all-time great play by play guys. What a great shot as well from one of the all-time great sharpshooters in NBA history in Ray Allen. Along with the entire era the was the Big 3 era, this shot will forever live in history.

3. Jason Terry Hits the Dagger to Seal the Deal for Dallas

It can’t always be all good, can it? Certainly not here, as the Miami Heat have had their share of bad fortune as well. Mike Breen has been there for quite a few of those moments as well.

One of those moments came in the first year of the Big 3 era, you know, that year that they lost to the Mavericks. In game five of that series, with the Mavericks up in the series 2-2, Jason Terry hit a huge three-pointer over LeBron James with less than a minute to go in the game to give that Dallas a team an insurmountable seven-point lead after the shot.

We all know what would eventually happen. The Miami Heat would lose that series, giving Dirk Nowitzki his first NBA title.

That’s alright though, it propelled the Heat to win the next two straight NBA championships. What a time it was.

Next. LeBron James would have dominated in the 90’s too. dark

As we have seen, it hasn’t been all good, but it has been a lot of it. The Miami Heat actually look to be coming up on another golden stretch for the franchise, which means that they should be seeing a lot of Mike Breen. Hopefully, that means more of the championship moments like the above, of course with the hopes that most of them, at least, are working out in the Heat’s favor.