2 Pros, 2 Cons facing the Miami Heat after the All-Star break

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Had the Indiana Pacers not come back to beat the Raptors in Toronto Wednesday night, the Miami Heat would enter the All-Star break in possession of the No. 6 seed in the East.

Instead, after winning six of their last eight, the Heat are a half-game behind the Pacers and tied with the Orlando Magic in record (they own the tie-breaker over their division rival) for the No. 7 seed.

How high can the Miami Heat climb the Eastern Conference standings after the All-Star break? It depends on a lot of factors, but none more than Jimmy Butler.

Here’s a full look at the updated East playoff picture as of Thursday morning:

  1. Boston (43-12)
  2. Cleveland (36-17)
  3. Milwaukee (35-20)
  4. New York (33-22)
  5. Philadelphia (32-22)
  6. Indiana (31-25)
  7. Miami (30-25)
  8. Orlando (30-25)
  9. Chicago (26-29)
  10. Atlanta (24-31)

The Heat are three games back of the New York Knicks for the No. 4 seed and homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. With 27 games remaining, that’s a good chunk of ground to cover but attainable. 

But turning around out of the break with four-straight road games isn’t an easy way to get the final stretch of the season started.

Let’s take a look at some pros and cons for what lies ahead for the Heat when they resume their season after the All-Star break.