"For all those [fans] who left, make sure you don't come to Game 7," the Miami big man said. "You never give up. People gave up on us, and they can stay where they are and watch the game at home."
With 28 seconds left in regulation and the Spurs up five, some Heat fans started making their way out of the arena. After a LeBron James 3-pointer and a miracle Ray Allen 3 after that, the game went to overtime. And those fans were left outside the arena begging to be let back inside.
"You can't get let back in after you leave. I know that," Bosh said. "Hell, I've been to games. You can't leave a game and then come back. It doesn't make any sense. You left. It's not punishment; that's protocol."
The Heat went on to win the game while hundreds stood outside trying to follow on their phones.
"Tim [Donovan, Heat PR guy] just told me that walking here," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "I didn't have any idea about it. It's one of those situations. I think every single one of us, somebody asked me last night about the yellow rope. I don't think any of us saw any of that until afterwards. We were fully engaged in the moment."
Before tip-off of each game, the Heat have a player huddle that consists of Dwyane Wade yelling, "To the last minute, to the last second, to the last man we fight!" Apparently that doesn't apply to their fan base.
James, however, understood the fans' mind set.
"I just know in my household, my wife was like, 'Would you please stop doing that to me?' My mother-in-law, even my sons, they were like, 'Oh, my God. You guys lost and won at the same time,'" he said. "I know. We know. I apologize to our fans from last night. But the game is -- that's why the game is played all the way to zeros."
Said Heat guard Mario Chalmers: "To the fans that stayed, thank you. To the fans that left, maybe you'll stay in Game 7."
Heat fans don't have the best reputation league-wide, but in that circumstance the game certainly felt over. I know of a few sportswriters who mistakenly booked a Wednesday flight home in those final 28 seconds. The Heat looked cooked, and some fans probably couldn't bear to watch the Spurs dance and celebrate on their home floor.
"As a fan and people watching at home, I know it had to -- wow, it had to do a lot to them, both if you were a Spurs fan or a Heat fan or just a general fan of the game," James said. "It definitely brought everything out of you that you probably didn't think you had."
While Bosh says those who left aren't welcome, Shane Battier is a little more forgiving.
"The door will always be open for them," he said.
Except for when they leave early. Because then you can't get back in. Those are the rules.