The Miami Heat Really Wants Second Place

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. Today, Luke addresses what's wrong with the Miami Heat before the big game against the Indiana Pacers.

I love the Miami Heat, but right now Lebron James and company are not playing like a championship-caliber team. A ball club chasing its third title is supposed to do what the San Antonio Spurs are doing -- beating the shit out of mediocre teams. With the Heat, it seems every game is coming down to the wire regardless of whom they play.

Sometimes, you gotta channel a young Mike Tyson and knock motherfuckers out to prove you are still number one. The Heat has not done that in its quest for a three-peat. There is a conspiracy theory going around all the barbershops in Miami-Dade County that the Heat has been throwing games to get second place.

The road to the Eastern Conference finals is much easier for the team that finishes as the second seed. That means the Heat would play the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round and the winner of the Toronto Raptors-Washington Wizards matchup in the second round.

Interestingly, the Heat has posted a combined record of 10-1 against those teams this season. If Miami gets the top seed, the opponent in the second round might be the Chicago Bulls or the Brooklyn Nets, two teams that have proven they can beat the Heat with size and defense.

The Heat revolutionized the game by allowing players to rest throughout the regular season. It began when Pat Riley brought in Shaquille O'Neal. One of the organization's major selling points to veteran players is that the Heat adds more years to their careers by not playing them the full 82 games. The problem this season is that strategy hasn't allowed the team to build a chemistry.

When Dwyane Wade did play, he and LeBron appeared out of sync. They need some time to get comfortable with each other. That's not gonna happen with the Bulls or the Nets.

The Heat's easier road to a third title is the one with less wear-and-tear that allows the team to gel. The problem is that the Pacers also seem to be shooting for the second seed despite all their talk about securing first place for home-court advantage. The Pacers have lost eight of their past 12 games and are 9-12 since March 4.

Tonight we'll find out if the Heat is really looking for the path of least resistance.

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14 comments
Michael Dittmeier
Michael Dittmeier

If they are supposed to be the best team ever then why are they afraid to play the best teams in the playoffs? What are they afraid of? Quit being pansies and prove your the best. Don't really matter anyway they will have to face Indiana in the east final and if they do make it past them they won't win against the west. No threepeat

Ivete Mendoza
Ivete Mendoza

Who cares its about havin fun they dont have nothin to prove

Cary Jorge
Cary Jorge

It's written by Luke... how can you take it seriously??

Fabian De La Rosa
Fabian De La Rosa

Can the real basketball fan please stand up please stand up please stand up! Well uncle luke your article makes me puke go talk about duke!

Kyle Awon
Kyle Awon

yeap barber shops are a legit source smh

Leonel Perez
Leonel Perez

nah...i think thats just people making excuses for their terribleness

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Its Friday, why did they let you near a keyboard?

red.cell
red.cell

Trying for second place? Come on! Reminds me of the Dolphins supposed "suck for Luck" crap conspiracy that was floating around not so long ago.

Ryan Canelas
Ryan Canelas

Luke is an idiot, don't know anyone reads his column

rey0
rey0

If you think the Heat are throwing games for second place, please stop watching the NBA and start watching WWE wrestling .

Kristian Caro
Kristian Caro

love this article..because as silly as it actually sounds..it makes total freaking sense...lol

Mohamed Moussa
Mohamed Moussa

2 years from now we will not care how we reached but if we won it. Human nature that we forget the way but the result. If we could conserve our efforts to the last 2 series and win it then who cares how we did it!!!

James Russell
James Russell

Well if the barber shops are reporting it, it must be factual.

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