The Miami Heat Have Caught Fire

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The Miami Heat Have Caught Fire

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The Miami Heat Have Caught Fire

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After a slow start to the season, the Miami Heat have won seven of ten games overall and are climbing their way back into the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference. Miami currently sits with a record of 25-21, good for sixth place within the conference. They had been hit with different injuries throughout the season but are finally getting healthy and it’s showing with on-court results.

The Heat have taken down the Milwaukee Bucks twice in the last week, the Clippers, and lost a heartbreaker to the Brooklyn Nets. Things certainly seem to be moving in the right direction for this team.

Last night, the Heat had their full opening day lineup for just the 15th time this year. They easily took down the New Orleans Pelicans, albeit without some of their star players. However, it was a good win for a team that is trying to put the pieces all together.

The Heat brought back much of the same roster that led them to the first overall seed in the East last season. They came a game and even a Jimmy Butler three-point shot away from reaching the NBA Finals last season. This is an extremely tight knit and veteran team who knows how to win games.

Led by Jimmy Butler, Miami prides itself on defense and toughness. His co-star Bam Adebayo is having a career year, averaging 21.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game on the season. Adebayo has scored less than 20 points only one time in eight of his last nine games. His improvement on the offensive end has brought on some of the success of the Heat lately. The duo allows for Miami to push the pace and lets their role players thrive all together.

This is a team that nobody in the Eastern Conference has any interest in playing come playoff time. They are a physical team that can get under the skin of an opponent due to their play style. They are also still coached by one of the best in the league in Erik Spoelstra. Spoelstra has a way of putting his guys into the right positions to succeed and is a master at in-game adjustments.  

All in all, the Heat are surging right now. They are as dangerous as ever and are finally starting to click as we enter this middle stretch of the season. The second half of the year should yield much better results for Miami than the first half. If the Heat can remain healthy the rest of the way, then they will have a say in how the Eastern Conference shapes out as much as anyone around the conference.

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