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HEAT COASTING TO THE PLAYOFFS
Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Apr 10 2013 @ 2:03 pm In Miami Heat | No Comments
The Miami Heat are off the radar. That seems a little weird for a team that just tied their franchise record for wins(61) last night with a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, but it’s true. The Heat have had the #1 seed in the East clinched for a while now and they are right on the brink of clinching the #1 overall seed in the upcoming NBA Playoffs. Nobody is really paying any attention to a team that went on a 27-game winning streak earlier this season. I think that’s just fine with all of the Miami players.
In fact, the only national discussion regarding the Heat has been centered around whether some of their players have actually been hurt as they sit out games toward the end of the season. LeBron James has missed a couple of games, while DWade has missed five in a row and might sit out the rest of the regular season. Now, it should be Eric Spoelstra’s right to rest whoever he wants to rest before the playoffs begin, but some NBA folk around the country think otherwise. There has been speculation that Commissioner David Stern might even levy some sort of fine against Miami, similar to the fine he hit San Antonio with earlier this year when Greg Popovich sent star players home before a game in Miami. That seems borderline Communist, but Stern has come across as a dictator from time to time. Of course, it’s hard to fine a team for sitting star players when they continue to win anyway. The Heat went to San Antonio and beat the Spurs without James, Wade, and Mario Chalmers. The Commissioner needs to just let Spoe coach his team.
So as Miami gets set to break the franchise record for wins, wrap up the #1 overall seed, and coast to the playoffs, let teams like New York and the Lakers dominate the conversation nationally. The Knicks have won 13 straight, yet will probably never get to play Miami in the postseason. They would have to reach the conference finals to see the Heat and that is highly unlikely. Kobe and the Lakers might not even make the playoffs. Meanwhile, Wade and the rest of the guys are resting up for another title run. This team would rather dominate the conversation in June, not April.
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