Can Miami Heat Make Eastern Conference a 3-Team Race?

November 11th, 2014 by Tom Sunnergren Leave a reply »

It wasn’t supposed to be this easy.

With LeBron James in Cleveland, the Miami Heat weren’t exactly expected to crater and collapse in spectacular fashion but to simply wither away—slink into mediocrity, 40-odd wins and maybe the No. 6 seed in an Eastern Conference that’s wafer thin. That was their ceiling, we reckoned.

The departed James was their linchpin, the once-in-a-generation world-beater who carried them on both ends of the floor. He wasn’t just the straw that stirred the drink. He was the straw, the drink, the bartender, the farmer who tended the rye and the bottler who sold the concoction. He was the Miami Heat.

But while the Cleveland Cavaliers have limped to a 3-3 record, the Heat have opened eyes around the league with a selfless and dynamic offense. Despite the presence of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, the system has been the star. If it keeps up, the Heat might have a puncher’s chance of advancing to their fifth straight NBA Finals.

The main thing in Miami is ball movement. It’s been the key to Miami’s 5-2 start and to an attack that’s placed fou ...

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