Heat fans so mad in our mentions rn 😂
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) April 13, 2017
The Miami Heat needed to win and get losses from the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls to parlay their improbable midseason comeback into a playoff appearance. They did their part by beating the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, but the Pacers and Bulls also both handled business.
Neither of Miami’s eighth-seed competitors faced steep competition. The Brooklyn Nets sat their regulars in a 112-73 loss, but Heat fans probably weren’t expecting help from the NBA’s worst team. Unfortunately for them, the Atlanta Hawks rested up for the playoffs by benching their key starters in a 104-86 shortcoming to Indiana.
Furious Heat fans apparently thought the Hawks’ social media team decided to give Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap a breather. They lashed out at the team’s Twitter account, which laughed at their anger (above):
@ATLHawks I HATE YOU
— MH DEPRE ™ (@MiamiHeatDepre) April 13, 2017
@ATLHawks why would you rest? U screwed us. We punishing you next season.
— SWISH (@solomonlc) April 13, 2017
@ATLHawks I'm a salty ass Heat fan we needed y'all the one time I ever wanted to route for Dwight was tonight and y'all bench him
— Mike Sullivan (@Shockey136) April 13, 2017
The Crying Jordan section of the Twitter mentions was particularly strong on this night.
— Xxxtennisballs (@Sucks) April 13, 2017
— Devante Walker (@DevanteWalker3) April 13, 2017
Movie references are always a good pick, too.
— HEAT4LIFE (@HEATpancakes) April 13, 2017
Of course, someone had to bring up a bit of old history with another Atlanta sports team.
— Rob Dolla $ign (@iRobs_) April 13, 2017
The Nets, who defeated the Bulls on Saturday, also received some flak for not putting their best foot forward:
Even the Warriors playing their starters… @BrooklynNets
— #HeatNation (@heatplayoffss) April 13, 2017
@BrooklynNets Disgraceful Act of Unprofessionalism
— Raphael (@MockingRaffy) April 13, 2017
— Mike Ryan Ruiz (@MichaelRyanRuiz) April 13, 2017
After Miami overcame a 11-30 start and won its final three games, it’s frustrating for Heat fans to see their team fall short due to outside apathy. Yet complaining to strangers who run Twitter pages won’t solve anything.