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.
After facing mainly lottery-bound opponents in the past five games, the potentially short-handed Miami Heat now try to maintain their slim lead in the Eastern Conference by taking on a string of teams that are either headed to the playoffs or contending for berths.
The Western Conference in the NBA has routinely played the best basketball from top to bottom. But never has that been more evident than in the current season.
Josh Bailey had a goal and assist, and the New York Islanders kept up their strong finish with a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
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.
For the first time all season, the Miami Heat are alone atop the Eastern Conference.
The Miami Heat can pull ahead of Indiana with a victory over Toronto Monday night and a Pacers loss to the San Antonio Spurs. But the Heat will have to beat the Raptors with a short-handed roster.
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.
Something is wrong with the Miami Heat. They just can’t seem to diagnose what the malady is.
With a chance to take over first place in the Eastern Conference, the Heat has gone cold losing four of five to playoff contending teams. Friday night, the Heat can work on righting the ship when the Denver Nuggets come to the AmericanAirlines Arena.