The Heat's Road to the NBA Championship
True, it's a hell of a different team now-a-days, but taking this series seriously and pulling out would should be a relatively-easy (as far as playoffs go) win would be a big step as far as recent franchise history is concerned.
If that happens, then the Heat enter the conference semi-finals and things start to get interesting. They'll either face the New York Knicks (who have managed to string together a series of superstars in their own right, but with not quite the same results) and the Boston Celtics (who I've seen several Miami sports fan quips are starting to overtake the New York Jets as the most hated sports franchise in South Florida).
Miami went 1-3 against Boston in the regular season, but that only win came just 5 days ago. At 100-77 it was hardly even a contest. That's not to say a Boston series would be a cake walk. Far from it, but the momentum heading in would definitely be in the Heat's favor (especially if the Knicks manage to give the Celts a rough time).
Next up is the conference finals. We can't guarantee the Heat would then face the Chicago Bulls if they made it that far, but we'd be damned surprised if they didn't. A Miami-Orlando conference final would be interesting (and a point of Florida pride) and favorable to the Heat, but we just don't see it happening.
It's almost ridiculous at this point to try and predict the finals should the Heat make it that far, but we'll leave you with the Heat's regular season record against the Western Conference's top four seeds in the regular season:
- San Antonio: 1-1
- Los Angeles Lakers: 2-0
- Dallas: 0-2
- Oklahoma City: 1-1
We're getting a head of ourselves, and like we said, all we really want to see now is the Heat give us that playoff series win we haven't seen since 2006 (and, oh, OK, a couple of other things we haven't seen since 2006 either, but again, ahead of ourselves).
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