The Heat finally finished off the regular season, albeit with a loss, as they fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, 100-87. The loss drops the Heat’s final record to 54-28.
There isn’t much to say about this game. Both teams weren’t playing for anything, and the game showed. Wade got some time on the floor, just to continue to gain some momentum heading into the playoffs. It also marked the return of Greg Oden, who missed every game since the Indiana game with back spasms and a stomach virus.
This is the moment that the players, and us Heat fans alike, have been waiting for. The grind of a somewhat meaning-less regular season is over, and now is the time for the Heat to put the pedal to the floor on the race to the three-peat. No more nights of dogging it in January, or taking the night off completely in March. Every game is important and every game will be scrutinized in every way. This team usually responds to the challenges presented, and this time will be expected to be no different.
The Heat’s next game is the first playoff game, as welcome the Charlotte Bobcats to the AmericanAirlines Arena. The game is scheduled for Sunday, and the tip-off will be a 3:30 pm.