There seems to be no stopping the Miami Heat but we all have to admit that there will come a time this postseason in which the team loses. It’s inevitable and it may not come until the NBA Finals, but the odds are against the Heat sweeping their way through the NBA Playoffs to a third straight title.
But there’s a way the Heat may be able to do that and it involves shutting down the final two minutes of the game. Ira Winderman went over such a concept in his ‘Ask Ira’ piece this Saturday and raised the point that the Heat controlling the game to the point where the final two minutes are meaningless is something they can do.
I think you might be selling the Nets’ closers short. The key for Heat is to make sure the final two minutes are mere formalities, as they have done in the first two games of this series.
That’s a lot easier said than done, but the Heat are very capable of pulling off such a task. The only question is will they be able to control the game up to that point enough to just shut down the final two minutes. After all, you can’t always bank on a 100-second possession to kill clock with.