Several Marlins make appearance at Heat game

MIAMI — AmericanAirlines Arena is about five or so Giancarlo Stanton-sized home runs away from Marlins Park.

So the Marlins and Miami Heat share a close proximity. On Monday night, a number of Marlins made their way to the AAA to check out the Heat in the playoffs.

A few months ago, LeBron James bumped into Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria at a Heat game.

The way the schedule fell on Monday, the Marlins played a Memorial Day afternoon game at 1:10 p.m. ET. And the Heat were at home that night to take on the Boston Celtics in the first-game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.

Six Marlins attended the game.

Stanton and Ricky Nolasco sat courtside with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and his wife, Julie.

Josh Johnson also was at the playoff game. In another section were Steve Cishek and Austin Kearns. Logan Morrison also was there.

Johnson, who stands 6-foot-7, played basketball all the way through high school. He marvels at the athleticism of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

“It’s amazing to watch LeBron play,” Johnson said. “He takes like three steps and he’s across the floor. It’s amazing how fast and quick they are. He and D-Wade are probably the best of [fastbreaks]. We’re lucky here in Miami to watch them night in, night out. I don’t know how they do it. But it’s fun to watch.

“I played basketball until my senior year, but I couldn’t do anything close to that. I’d catch an alley-oop, but not like that.”

Cishek, 6-foot-6, was at the game supporting the Celtics. A native of Falmouth, Mass., the reliever wore a Ray Allen jersey. He was sitting with Kearns five rows behind the Heat bench.

Cishek likes the Heat, but he grew up a huge Boston fan.

“Ray Allen is one of my all-time favorite athletes,” Cishek said. “I like the way he plays the game. Stand up guy.”

Cishek also played basketball in school. But he didn’t dunk in high school. Instead, his game was from the perimeter, where he was a good 3-point shooter. That’s why Reggie Miller and Allen are two of his favorites.

Although Cishek is becoming an elite reliever in the big leaguers, he’s yet to become recognized around town. At the Heat game, he wasn’t noted for being on the Marlins. He did stand out wearing a Celtics jersey, and a fan asked how he was able to get such prime seats.

Joe Frisaro

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