It’s becoming almost an annual occurrence, the Miami Heat are in the Eastern Conference Finals again. Since 2005, the Heat have played in five of the nine Eastern Conference Finals and won two championships.
It’s been one-year in the making, but the Eastern Conference Finals will match up the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat starting Wednesday night. Both teams are ready for the matchup and there certainly isn’t any love lost between the two squads.
A year ago in the playoffs, Indiana coach Frank Vogel raised the ire of the Miami Heat by accusing them of flopping.
The easiest part of the playoff schedule for the Miami Heat is behind them and now the real test begins as the team awaits either the Indiana Pacers or the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Miami Heat find themselves in a position they’re not quite used to in the last two years, behind in a NBA playoffs series. The Heat collapsed against the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals and now must regroup in a hurry.
After letting the Milwaukee Bucks hang around for a few quarters in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Miami Heat finally hit the gas and took a 2-0 lead in the series with a 98-86 win.
“We know we can play a better game.” Those words from Miami Heat superstar LeBron James should strike fear in every playoff opponent the Heat has this year.
LeBron James typically cannot sleep much before the first game of a postseason. Even after 10 years in the league, three MVP awards and a championship, Game 1 still kicks his anxiety level into high gear.
Derick Brassard and Rick Nash scored power-play goals in the opening 10 minutes, and Mats Zuccarello, Brassard and Brad Richards turned a tight game into a rout with goals 3:25 apart late in the third period of the New York Rangers’ 6-1 victory on Florida Panthers Thursday night.
The Miami Heat will wrap up its record-setting regular season Wednesday night at home against the Orlando Magic.