After sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round, the Miami Heat have a long layoff before their next series start.
The last time the Heat had a long layoff after the first round was against the Chicago Bulls last May. The Heat looked rusty and loss Game 1 at home 93-86. The Heat shot 39.7 percent from the floor, missed 8 of 25 free throws, and was outrebounded 46-32. Everyone for the Heat in that game had an off night shooting the basketball as well. So no matter who the Heat play in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, they want to avoid what happened to them last year.
However the great thing about having a long layoff is that the players can rest, in particular LeBron James. James suffered a thigh contusion in Game 4 against the Bobcats, but with the long layoff the trainers can make sure James is fully healed when the next round begins in Miami.
The Heat will not know until Sunday who they play in the next round. The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors series is going into a Game 7 and it looks like a toss-up of who is going to win that series.
This layoff will be good for the Heat in the long run. Some time to rest up and let your muscles heal never seemed to hurt anyone before. When their next series start, there shouldn’t be no excuse of fatigue and they should come out firing on all cylinders.
James seems to agree with me as well.
“Our team could use the rest,” he said. “It’s difficult. You try to take things from the year before, but it’s always challenging. We just want to keep the edge and keep our conditioning level at a pretty good level.”
The team that should be fatigued should be either the Nets or the Raptors. Both teams have been beating up on each other for six games and still have one more game to play. The Heat should run either team out of the building in Game 1 and set the tone for the rest of the series. The Heat have learned from their experience last postseason and are just biting at the nail to get back on the court.
“That is the challenge coach and everyone will have. We have been here before, we have learned some lessons from last year, and that is the best part of it. I think we will handle it better this time,” Chris Bosh said.
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