NBA Playoffs 2011: Why Locking Up the Second Seed Is Pivotal to the Miami Heat

April 9th, 2011 by John Friel Leave a reply »
This wasn't the 2010-11 season that the Miami Heat had in mind.

After all, they were supposed to be the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.

They had heard for months that the Boston Celtics were boasting that the road to the Finals in the East still ran through Boston and how no one on the team was scared of this newly formed juggernaut of a team.

We believed then that Rajon Rondo could be getting himself and his team in serious trouble by making statements like that against a team with two of the best players in the league. Turns out that he was right.

Not only are the Celtics not scared of the Heat, but it seems that the other 29 teams in the league aren't either. No team this year has played like a team that was fearful of playing against a star-studded core of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Now because of that, the Heat find themselves playing for a two-seed rather than the one-seed that was originally planned.

The team's arrogance has cost them a few games this season, with most of those losses coming by way of losing a comfortable first-half lead.

You can blame the offensive inc ...

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