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.
Dwyane Wade successfully lobbied to play in Miami’s regular-season finale, saying he wanted to get a little more work in before the playoffs begin this weekend.
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.
When the final horn sounded Wednesday night, the Miami Heat not only knocked off the Washington Wizards; the team also set a franchise-record for wins in a season, clinched the top spot in the NBA playoffs and secured home-court through the NBA Finals.
Ray Allen scored 23 points, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade chilled at the end of the bench, and the Miami Heat’s B-squad gave the resting A-team the gift of home-court advantage throughout the playoffs Wednesday night, clinching the best record in the NBA with a 103-98 victory over the Washington Wizards.
LeBron James went through a series of tests before the game, all under the watchful eye of the Miami Heat training staff and some coaches.
Mike Miller scored a season-high 26 points on seven 3-pointers, and the injury-depleted Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-79 on Friday night.
Rashard Lewis got a win on Friday, six hours before the Miami Heat even started playing. And it came on grass, not hardwood.
The Miami Heat tore up the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena in a game that showed the rest of the league their worst nightmares about how good the Heat can be may be coming true.
The Miami Heat are scheduled to play the New York Knicks Friday at Madison Square Garden, right in the heart of the area left devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Count Heat superstar Dwyane Wade as one who is questioning the move to play the game this soon.