Did the Heat Tank Last Night on Purpose to Get the Number Two Seed?

Categories: Sports

BlNOJKeCUAAnnVQ.jpg
We're number two! We're number two! The Miami Heat clinched the second seed in the Eastern Conference with last night's 114-93 loss to the Washington Wizards, a terrific feat for most teams, but not so much a reason to celebrate for your defending back-to-back NBA champions.

If resting LeBron James and Chris Bosh didn't tell you all you needed to know about the Miami Heat's priorities when it comes to seeding versus health, the Milwaukee Bucks-esque tanktastic level of play by their bench in the second-to-last game filled you in on the rest. They don't care about your silly seeding system. The fans might; they don't. They are totally over the foreplay.

See also: The Miami Heat Really Wants Second Place

While there are conspiracy theorists who seem to believe the team has actually been throwing games on the off chance teams of its liking fall perfectly in the Heat's path, that hasn't been the case. That's ridiculous. Those people are ridiculous. Last night, however -- if you're selling it, I'm buying it.

The Heat guys have found themselves in the oddly, possibly, maybe advantageous two-seed spot that matches them up with the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round and then the winner of a potential Wizards-Raptors series in the second, leaving the Pacers, Bulls, and Nets to beat themselves up on the opposite side.

Of course, there is still one game left for most teams after last night, so things can still change. For now, the Heat seems to have lucked out with the easier path. A few scenarios remain that would totally change the Heat's path, rendering the barbershop rumors of ultra-secret Area 51 plans to tank certain games meaningless:

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

My Voice Nation Help
14 comments
Vivian Zarraga
Vivian Zarraga

Kathy Andrew this is what I was talking about last night.

Laura Casey
Laura Casey

Brian D Graffam yet another reason to hate them, u already bought up the league can't u just play now??

Iris Rose
Iris Rose

Lotta good uts done tge Yankees lately.Mets on the rise!!! Go Mets! As for Heat...they will win by being g eakthy..thats all they care abt..1st-2nd ..who cares..Pacers have big mouths & bad attitudes..we wont need 7 games..♥♡

Giovanni Abril
Giovanni Abril

Yankees and heat have one thing in common--buy the best players and you get championship rings. Now the Phil is in NY. And Wade is nearing his end due to injuries, NY$ will be the next big team in the east. It worked here 3 Finals and 2 rings in 3 seasons with a chance at a 4th this season final again. When did the knicks do that? Like the yankees, you buy the best team money can buy. Ralphie Salas welcome to Heat nation!

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Regardless, the Pacers were in control of that, all they needed was a win and it was irrelevant what the Heat did or didn't do.

Anthony Labarr
Anthony Labarr

It's easy to forget the big picture… in this case, championships. Nobody thinks "what's the hardest way I can win this whole thing". If that were the case the playoffs wouldn't be set up as best plays worst in the first round. Strategy aside, at the end of the day the best team in the East will end up playing the best team in the West.

Ralphie Salas
Ralphie Salas

You can't compare Yankees or baseball to basketball. 2 different animals.

Ralphie Salas
Ralphie Salas

Mark my words....If he goes to NY I will be a Heat fan from there on in Giovanni Abril

Giovanni Abril
Giovanni Abril

To your sorry knicks who will gladly pay him in order to win championships. Taken from the Yankee playbook...will you cheer him then?

Ralphie Salas
Ralphie Salas

Yea because that's what champions do. Heart of a coward. #lebronisleaving

Benjamin Soto
Benjamin Soto

Nope, that's how their future is going to look like w/out the king...#beready

Now Trending

Miami Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...