With its victory over the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics loss to the Washington Wizards, the Miami Heat clinched the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
Miami throttled Atlanta in the first half, jumping out to a 62-46 lead. Fatigue from playing on the second night of a back to back seemed to set in during the second half as the Heat allowed Atlanta all the way back, but held on for the victory.
After the win, the players immediately started scoreboard watching as Boston went to overtime with Washington. LeBron kept his teammates up to date as he followed closely on his phone. Still believe him when he said seeding didn’t matter?
Miami will have home court advantage for at least the first two rounds of the playoffs and will face the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round.
The Heat will travel to Toronto to face the Raptors tomorrow night in what will be their final game of the regular season. LeBron James along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will all likely sit getting some rest before the playoffs begin this weekend.
Look for a healthy does of rookie Dexter Pittman, who will get a chance to show what he has learned playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede in the NBA’s developmental league.
It will be another “White Hot” themed post season down in South Beach, so remember to “stay white” if attending games. A feat very difficult to accomplish in a melting pot like Miami. Of course I am referring to Micky Arison’s great slip up during the championship parade back in 2006, when he intended to say “stay white hot.”
Unfortunately I cannot find any video of this, nor could I find the other comedic mishap from the parade when a city councilwoman introduced Dwyane Wade, finals MVP and most popular man in Miami as “Wade Jones.”
Hopefully, should Miami be fortunate enough to have another parade, I’ll have some new material to share.