Eastern Conference Playoffs
Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Lou Williams had 18 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Hawks earned the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot with a 98-85 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.
As the Miami Heat appear to be close to hitting their playoff stride, the Heat’s top competition in the Eastern Conference appears to be collapsing under the pressure of trying to knock off the Heat.
The Miami Heat made it somewhere Monday night the team hasn’t been since the beginning of the season, first place in the Eastern Conference.
Despite posting just a 9-8 record in the month of March, Miami has a chance to do something not many thought was possible a few weeks ago, move into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Since Miami Heat superstar LeBron James scored a franchise-record 61 points in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player has looked mortal in games against the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, and Houston Rockets.
Lost amidst the hubbub of Super Bowl weekend, the Indiana Pacers signed center Andrew Bynum. The signing put a third seven-foot, at one-time star, on the Pacers roster and continued setting the stage for an Eastern Conference playoff matchup with the Miami Heat.
If the last two games between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are a sign of what’s coming if the two teams meet in the Eastern Conference Finals; it’s going to be one fun, but physical series.
As the Miami Heat prepare for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, there’s a good chance one of the Heat’s key pieces won’t be available for the team in that game.
It’s hard to call a game for the Miami Heat a must-win, but if the Heat can’t put together a winning formula against the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals; the Heat could be in deep trouble.
As soon as NBA MVP LeBron James hit the game winning layup in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, analysts and commentators began blasting away at Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel for not having center Roy Hibbert on the court at the end of the game.