It’s been one-year in the making, but the Eastern Conference Finals will match up the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat starting Wednesday night. Both teams are ready for the matchup and there certainly isn’t any love lost between the two squads.
The Miami Heat find themselves in a position they’re not quite used to in the last two years, behind in a NBA playoffs series. The Heat collapsed against the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals and now must regroup in a hurry.
After letting the Milwaukee Bucks hang around for a few quarters in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Miami Heat finally hit the gas and took a 2-0 lead in the series with a 98-86 win.
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 All-Star guard Dwyane Wade will not play again Tuesday night when the Miami Heat host the Milwaukee Bucks. It’s the fifth straight game Wade has missed while dealing with ankle and knee soreness.
The Miami Heat are in full cruise-control mode with just a handful of games left ahead of the playoffs. That’s why it’s not surprising that LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and others are not playing in the last few games.
It’s not like there’s any extra motivation needed for the Miami Heat, but the Boston Celtics may have added a little bit of fuel to the Heat’s fire with recent comments about the Heat’s 22-game winning streak.
The Miami Heat entered into elite company Wednesday night when the team won its 20th straight game, becoming only the fourth team in NBA history to accomplish the feat in one season.
The Miami Heat’s winning streak reached 19 with a victory over the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night, but there’s no rest for the NBA’s hottest team as the Heat look for a 20th straight win Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Miami Heat were already playing the best basketball in the NBA coming into Sunday’s highly anticipated matchup with the Indiana Pacers. With a blow out win over Indiana, 105-91, Miami sent the rest of the NBA a simple message, who’s next?