Miami Heat: Is This Miami Team a Dark Horse in the East?
The Miami Heat were the number five seed entering the postseason and the (4) Indiana Pacers were the number four seed entering the postseason in the Eastern Conference. A lot of people thought this series was going to potentially last either six or seven games, but Miami swept this series in four games. The Heat won Game 4 over Indiana by a final score of 99-87.
This team is deeper than we imagined. Erik Spoelstra is a solid head coach and he has been with this team over a decade. Spoelstra already has two titles as an NBA head coach and he could very well win a third title this season.
This team plays defense very solidly and they also get timely buckets. Miami is going to cause problems to other teams as well as moving forward. They will most likely be facing the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the NBA playoffs unless the (8) Orlando Magic can rally from a 3-1 series deficit, which I don’t see happening.
Milwaukee lost to the (5) Miami Heat two-out-of-three times during the regular season. I would not be surprised to see Miami upset Giannis Antetokounmpo and the (1) Milwaukee Bucks in the next round though.
The other semifinal matchup in the Eastern Conference will be (3) Boston Celtics and (2) Toronto Raptors.
The Heat could also beat one of those two teams as well. We will see what happens moving forward though.
This was the first time since 2016 where the Miami Heat won a playoff series. It was against the Charlotte Hornets in seven games. Miami also lost to the Toronto Raptors in seven games as well that same postseason in the second round.
The last time that the Miami Heat were in the NBA Finals was in 2014 against the San Antonio Spurs and they lost in five games. Miami last won it all against San Antonio back in 2013 in seven games though. Those were the days of players like Chris Bosh, Lebron James, Ray Allen, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills, and Manu Ginobili.
In Game 4, Goran Dragic led the way for the Heat with 23 points. He shot 47.6 percent from the field. Dragic also grabbed five rebounds, recorded three assists, and recorded one steal.
Bam Adebayo recorded a double-double for Miami with 14 points and 19 rebounds. He shot 37.5 percent from the field. Adebayo also recorded six assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.
Jimmy Butler was held in check for this game with just six points. He only attempted five shots and shot 40 percent from the field though. Butler also grabbed three rebounds, recorded two assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.
He also made sure that he kept his emotions in check and also makes sure that his teammates are working hard every single day in practice. This is why it is transitioning to the game court though.
Jimmy Butler is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this basketball team though nonetheless. He is one of the best defenders and players in the NBA though nonetheless.
Miami’s bench scored 41 points total and Tyler Herro scored 16 of them. Herro also shot 53.8 percent from the field. He also grabbed five rebounds, recorded four assists, and blocked one shot.
Herro was the 13th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He is only 20 years old and he could potentially be like Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns one day. Tyler Herro played his college basketball at The University of Kentucky though.
Udonis Haslem is still on the roster, but he never sees the floor though. Haslem is 40 years old and he has been with this franchise for a very long time though.
Udonis Haslem was on the same team in 2006 when Miami defeated the Dallas Mavericks in six games in the NBA Finals. Those were the days of Shaquille O’Neal, Dwayne Wade, Jason Williams, Antoine Walker, James Posey, Jason Kapono, Gary Payton, and Alonzo Mourning. Pat Riley was the head coach at the time and he is now in their front office though.
Riley has done a tremendous job evaluating some of the current players on the roster and this is why they are close to potentially winning their fourth title in franchise history though.
I believe that the Miami Heat could maybe win the title this season, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if they didn’t though. Miami is still young and growing though.
What do you think of the Miami Heat potentially being a dark horse team in the Eastern Conference? Leave a comment below.
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