The Miami Heat take on the Milwaukee Bucks tonight in the first game of a three game homestand. They will probably be without their leader, Dwyane Wade, who suffered a deep thigh bruise during Sunday’s game in New Jersey. Wade did return in that game and played very well during the second half, but has had to sit out practice since, while receiving treatment. Heat fans shouldn’t be too concerned. If this were a playoff game, Dwyane would suit up and that of course is what the team is focused on; the playoffs. Miami should be able to take care of teams like Milwaukee and then Charlotte on Friday night without one of their stars.
The game on Sunday is an entirely different matter. The Boston Celtics are coming to town in what is a very important game for the Heat. Except for the playoff game last year when DWade went berserk and scored 800 points, the Celtics have owned Miami. If everything plays out as it should over the next few days, Sunday’s game will determine who gets the #2 seed and who gets the #3. Whichever team finishes with that second seed will not only have an easier opponent in the first round, but also host the second round series when these two teams will likely meet again. This doesn’t even take into account the confidence issue. Don’t for a second believe that even though the Heat are elite, that there aren’t already confidence issues when it comes to Boston, and those would certainly be exacerbated if they were to lose again. Even if Miami were to lose a game in the next five and not get the #2 seed, that’s ok, they still need to beat the Celtics at the AAA this weekend. So D3, rest that thigh, you have an appointment with Doc Rivers on Sunday.
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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...).