The three-time defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat have looked at times like they are simply managing their time waiting for the playoffs. But Tuesday night in Indianapolis will have a playoff atmosphere as the Heat tangle with the NBA’s top team right now, the Indiana Pacers.
The Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers are the cream of the crop in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, but the separation between those two teams and the rest of the conference is striking in the first week of December.
Miami Heat superstar LeBron James has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after leading the Heat to a 3-0 record last week.
How good could the back-to-back NBA champion Miami Heat be with a 7-foot center capable of defending the paint on a regular basis? If you believe Heat scout Tim Hardaway, good enough to win a third straight NBA championship.
The next time the Miami Heat take the court against an Eastern Conference foe, they may need a couple of name tags.
After capturing a second-straight NBA championship, everyone is still chasing the Miami Heat and that chase may be about to pick up steam in Brooklyn.
South Florida is known for celebrities and the bandwagon filling up when a team from the area is close to a championship. Monday night’s Miami Heat game had both of those with at least one celebrity inspiring Twitter to as Russell Crowe said in Gladiator, “unleash hell.”
With the Indiana Pacers safely in the rearview mirror after a Game 7 blowout in the Eastern Conference Finals the Heat now turn their full attention to the Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs for the NBA Finals.
The Miami Heat have preached team-first ever since the Big Three got together in 2010. Heading into Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals, the Heat will either win as a team, or go down in flames as a team.
When crunch time hits in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals Monday night, the Miami Heat have to wonder if anyone on the team not named LeBron James can step up and hit the big shot.