With the Miami Heat's winning streak very much in jeopardy as they faced off against the Cavs Wednesday night in Cleveland, crowds at Hollywood's Whiskey Tango bar watched with bated breath.
"You never know about the Heat, you never know. LeBron and those boys are a force to be reckoned with," Heat fan Vonnie Snipes said.
More than a thousand miles away from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, all eyes inside and outside Whiskey Tango were glued to every play. Most were hoping for one more Heat win, especially bar manager Luis Molina.
"Miami will pull it through, that's what we do. We'll pull it through," Molina said.
Pulling through is everything when a Cleveland win could turn Whiskey Tango's profits into losses; so it was no surprise Boston fan Jefferson Foley was at the bar hoping the Heat feel the agony of defeat.
"I'm gonna get $25 off my tab, that feels pretty good," Foley said smiling.
That doesn't mean the bar and the Heat are going to make it easy for Whiskey Tango's promo to pay out.
To get part of your tab covered by Whiskey Tango, you have to sign up at the bar a half hour before tipoff and stay the whole game to score a $25 credit – and to cash it out, the Heat have to lose.
In Hollywood, Heat fans were braced to win a game, or $25 off their tab.
"If my thing is comped, I will be a happy camper, but if it's not, I'm still a happy camper," fan Steven Francis said.