The regular season is over, and now it’s time for the NBA playoffs. The Miami Heat will be shooting for three championships in a row starting Sunday afternoon after ending their regular season with a loss against the 76ers.
The Miami Heat opted for rest for LeBron James and Chris Bosh over the pursuit of the Eastern Conference’s top seed, and the Washington Wizards capitalized in a 114-93 breeze of a game Monday night that clinched the No. 1 seed for the Indiana Pacers.
The winner of tonight’s Heat Pacers game will be atop the East and in position to host Game 7 of conference finals.
For the last six weeks, Indiana and Miami haven’t exactly looked like NBA title contenders.
Zach Randolph had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 20 points and 14 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies kept their playoff hopes alive with a 107-102 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
A debated block at the buzzer. A season sweep of the NBA champions.
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.
The one-time fierce rivalry between the New York Knicks and Miami Heat has been a pretty one-sided affair in recent years with the Heat dominating the Knicks when it counts most.
LeBron James scored 38 points, Mario Chalmers added 15 and the Miami Heat survived a 3-point barrage from New York’s J.R. Smith on the way to dealing the Knicks’ playoff hopes a big blow with a 102-91 victory on Sunday.
Making one free throw at the end of regulation wasn’t enough for the Miami Heat, nor was making just one again at the end of the first overtime.