The Miami Heat are the first team on to the next round and the only team to sweep through their first-round series. Since eliminating the Bobcats last week, the Heat have been joined by the Washington Wizards and may soon be joined by the Raptors and Thunder as teams to have moved on before the weekend.
But while the Heat are hot, there seems to be one weakness that they don’t want to deal with but might have to at some point. The dreaded back-to-back games have stifled the Heat this season as while they have a winning record in those scenarios, they barely do.
Last year, on the way to their second consecutive championship, the Miami Heat tied an NBA record going 15-1 in the second game of back-to-back contests. This year, Miami barely played above .500 in the second night of back-to-backs, recording a 9-7 record.
This isn’t to say the Heat stand no chance in back-to-back games, as that’s just not the case. But mathematically and realistically speaking, it could be a struggle and it could cause late series issues like there was against the Pacers in 2013.
Still, the Pacers look to be done, the Wizards aren’t a formidable opponent and the Thunder or Spurs may not even make it to the Finals which means the Heat could luck their way into no back-to-back games this postseason.