May 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) shoots over Brooklyn Nets center Kevin Garnett (2) during the first half in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Miami Heat Need to Make Final 2 Minutes Irrelevant

May 8, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra yells during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

May 8, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra yells during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Per the Sun-Sentinel:

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.

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