Miami Heat Need a Statement Game for a Home-Stretch Playoff Run

March 3rd, 2010 by Michael Pinto Leave a reply »
The Miami Heat are sitting near the bottom of a tight race for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference. Beyond Cleveland, Boston, Orlando, and Atlanta, a group of average teams have been rotating through seeds five through eight trying to figure out who's going to lose to which contender in round one. 

The Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Bobcats are separated by two-and-a-half games for the fifth and ninth seeds, respectively. Between them the Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, and Heat round out the nine teams fighting for eight playoff spots.

All of them are basically .500 clubs that struggle on the road with the exception of Miami, who is decent on the road but struggles at home. In the West, they'd be competing for the 12th through 16th seeds.

But in the East ...

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