The next time the Miami Heat take the court against an Eastern Conference foe, they may need a couple of name tags.
Conference Finals have arrived. See the official schedule of games, scores and seedings.
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.
Carmelo Anthony won the scoring title without playing, and the Atlanta Hawks lost their chance to move up in the East standings.
The Knicks should have their size back in time for their playoff opener, with Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin both on the mend.
The New York Knicks have beaten the Miami Heat three of the last four times the teams have played including Tuesday night’s 102-90 victory. It’s given Knicks players and fans confidence they can hang with the Heat, but when the playoffs start, regular season victories mean nothing.
For the second straight game, Miami Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, along with point guard Mario Chalmers will not play. The announcement from the Heat came ahead of Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks.
Now that the team’s 27-game winning streak is over, the Miami Heat are free to concentrate on the real goal of the season, the NBA championship. The Heat get back on the road to the title with a Friday night game against the New Orleans Hornets.
Unlike Will Ferrell’s character in the movie “Old School,” the Heat are no longer going streaking. The team posted its first loss since February 1 Wednesday night after reeling off 27 straight victories. The loss to the Chicago Bulls isn’t surprising, neither is the Heat’s reaction to the loss.
The Miami Heat will try to break the franchise record for longest winning streak Monday night when the team squares off with the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis.