Miami Heat regular season misery might be good for postseason potential

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat is fouled by Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Chicago Bulls(Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat is fouled by Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Chicago Bulls(Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat don’t make things pretty. This season specifically, there has been a notion of this Miami Heat team “not being fun to watch”.

Well, that is a fair assessment but is still a matter of perspective. For some, “fun to watch” must mean electric offense and blowouts.

However, for others, “fun to watch” is simply a product of watching your favorite team and favorite players come together to find a way to get a win, no matter what it takes, costs, or whatever situation they may find themselves in.

No matter how pretty or ugly the offense looks, at times, watching your favorite team figure out a way to get a victory—should be fun. But that’s neither here nor there.

The Miami Heat haven’t been the most pleasing NBA team to watch, according to some. But nevertheless, might that style translate into postseason success?

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Associated with the Miami Heat’s apparent “fun meter” or lack thereof, when it comes to the pleasure in watching them this year, is the way they have gone about winning ball games this season. This season, the Miami Heat have played more “clutch” games than any team in the league it seems, nearing a record of sorts.

And what “clutch games” means is a close game in the final moments or to be specific, any game time when there are five or fewer minutes remaining in the game and the scoring margin is within 5 points. But think about it, aren’t those the types of games that you expect your team to have more of in the playoffs than not?

The answer is yes. So, for all of the not-fun Miami Heat basketball that has been played during this regular season, their consistent real-world practice and ability to go out and win tough, yet close in the end, ball games should bode well for them in the playoffs.

Because while every other team will likely face their deepest and most consistent stretch of clutch games when the postseason ensues, the Miami Heat will have already been doing it all year already.

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That’s why the Miami Heat’s regular season misery might just be a good thing for their postseason potential.