The Miami Heat did not win Game 5 on Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers and as a result will be headed back to Miami to try and close out the Eastern Conference Finals in Game 6. But don’t tell the ESPN graphics department that, because that crew got a little too excited about the Heat’s domination in the playoffs and may or may not have jumped to conclusions before things were all said and done.
As we can see in this photo passed along from Busted Coverage, the ESPN graphics department posted up a graphic the pronounced the Heat winners of Game 5 when they were really three point losers.
SportsCenter: “Heat back to Finals” pic.twitter.com/FlQwTuJvNX
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) May 29, 2014
We can’t blame ESPN for at least being prepared, and they can’t be blamed too much for hovering their finger over the big red ‘HEAT WIN’ button that everyone was drooling over. But maybe next time let’s wait until the final score of the game is in before we go getting ahead of ourselves in the graphics department.
The gaffe was obviously fixed quickly and someone probably got a reaming even though it’s really not that big of a deal. Still, ESPN is the premier sports channel folks go to, and making careless mistakes like putting up the wrong winner of an Eastern Conference Finals game is just not a good look.
I think we know who was running the control booth last night at ESPN.