Last year around the time of the Super Bowl, the Miami Heat kicked it into high gear and ran off 27 straight wins that helped launch a second straight run to the NBA championship. History may be starting to repeat itself this season.
Lost amidst the hubbub of Super Bowl weekend, the Indiana Pacers signed center Andrew Bynum. The signing put a third seven-foot, at one-time star, on the Pacers roster and continued setting the stage for an Eastern Conference playoff matchup with the Miami Heat.
The Miami Heat don’t put a lot of weight into the regular season, but Heat fans may be starting to sweat a little bit as superstar Dwyane Wade can’t stay on the court and the team looks almost disinterested.
The NBA champion Miami Heat have a well-known need for a big man to solidify the roster. When center Andrew Bynum was released, some media outlets linked him with Miami, but the Heat don’t appear to be looking at the former All-Star.
Miami Heat small forward Michael Beasley returned to the team that drafted him on an unguaranteed contract hoping to make enough of an impact to stick around for a full season. By 5:01 p.m. Tuesday, Beasley will know whether or not he is staying with the Heat for the rest of the season.
If the last two games between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are a sign of what’s coming if the two teams meet in the Eastern Conference Finals; it’s going to be one fun, but physical series.
The NBA is more reliant on the 3-pointer than ever. Entering Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night, there had already been more 3-pointers made (1,171) and taken (3,414) than in any postseason in league history, and both were well ahead of the numbers posted last season.
The San Antonio Spurs had no problems dispensing with the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the 2013 NBA Finals, but the task may be a little tougher depending on the status of point guard Tony Parker’s hamstring.
In a NBA Finals featuring multiple first-ballot future Hall of Famers, the story of the series has been the phenomenal play of the role players for the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat.
Miami Heat fans ready to get fashionable for the Finals will be happy to know that the team store has got them covered – literally.