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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.
Nate Robinson scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 14 rebounds while playing every second for the third straight game, and the Chicago Bulls stunned the Miami Heat 93-86 on Monday night to take Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The formal announcement of James’ fourth Most Valuable Player award is planned for Sunday, the eve of the Eastern Conference semifinals for the Heat. The honor will vault him into an elite category shared by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, the only other players to win the award at least four times.
Over the last two years, not having Dwyane Wade in the lineup for a playoff game would have been cause for concern for the Miami Heat. This year, a much-deeper Heat squad had a message for the injured Wade, don’t worry, we’ll take care of this.
How do you build upon a nearly perfect night? That’s the question the Miami Heat face in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
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.
Things have changed quite a bit for the Miami Heat in a little less than a year. Last season, they were the hunters looking to finally climb the proverbial mountain to a NBA Championship. This year, the Heat has become the hunted and the Heat are trying to enter into some very rare company.
Miami Heat superstar and reigning NBA most valuable player LeBron James was not with the team Wednesday for the final regular-season shootaround because he was tending to a personal matter.
Miami Heat fans have become spoiled with the success of the team since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the squad in the summer of 2010. But fans really are witnessing history each time LeBron steps foot on the court.
LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had not played together in a couple of weeks, so the Miami Heat needed some time to get back into rhythm.