The NBA resumes action tonight after it’s annual All-Star-Break. There is no shortage compelling storylines for the last thirty games or so, and the Heat find themselves right in the thick of it all. Miami is separated by percentage points from the Boston Celtics for first place in the Eastern Conference. The #1 seed in the playoffs would certainly be the goal for this Heat team as their problems with the Celtics have been one of the only disappointing aspects of this season. DWade, LeBron, and the rest of the crew are poised to make a run at the NBA Title right now, but there are plenty of potential pitfalls out there waiting for them.
Health- Miami has yet to play a single game with the team entirely healthy. Mike Miller seems to be coming in to the form that the Heat expected when they signed him, but the team is still without Udonis Haslem. UD will be a welcome addition during the next month or so.
Chicago Bulls – While everyone in South Florida is concerned about the Celtics, and rightfully so, the Bulls have looked better and better as the season has gone on. The Heat have problems against teams with size or an elite point guard and Chicago has both. Derrick Rose is having a MVP season and the Bulls are for real.
New York Knicks – The biggest news coming out of the All-Star-Break is that Carmelo Anthony finally got his wish. The Denver Nuggets traded the disgruntled forward to the Knicks late yesterday. New York is still not good enough to beat Miami in a seven game series, but there is no question that a big rival just got a lot better.
The biggest obstacle for Miami is still the Boston Celtics. Even with revamped line-up this year, the Heat have been unable to break through against Kevin Garnett and Co. Everybody from Pat Riley down to the ball boy knows that this hurdle has to be jumped for the Heat to win the East. The journey towards the NBA Finals begins tonight as the Heat host the Sacramento Kings.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).