The Miami Heat must really want to not have the second seed in the Eastern Conference, because they came out and completely crapped themselves last night in a 90-85 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
With Dwyane Wade and his hobbled thigh on the bench, the Heat turned the ball over 16 times while shooting just 41 percent from the floor. If the Heat's strategy is to play like dick against shitty teams and yet still blow through quality teams in the playoffs, then everything is going according to plan.
LeBron James led the Heat with 29 points, but was 10-for-22 from the field and failed to connect on a game-tying free throw attempt with less than a minute remaining. And while Miami did fight back from a 14-point deficit to the Bucks, the main problem was that they had to fight back from a 14-point deficit to the Bucks. They were also beaten by a guy named after a fish, and a Star Wars character. Milwaukee's John Salmons led the Bucks with 17 points while Luc Mbah a Moute contributed 14 points.
The loss also wasted huge rebounding performances from Joel Anthony and Mike Miller. The Warden finished the night with 11 boards, while Miller grabbed 12. It's the first time the Heat have had a pair of players grab 10 or more rebounds in the same game since Matt Geiger and Rony Seikaly did it in 1994. Meaningless and arbitrary stats? HIGH FIVE.
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Miami's offense came and went in spurts, and couldn't seem to match Milwaukee's intensity or keep the Bucks from making timely threes. Carlos Delfino's three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining sealed the deal for the Bucks, and put the Heat in an impossible hole.
The loss now drops Miami a half-game behind the Celtics for the No. 2 seed in the East. Which pretty much means Heat fans now have to root for the Bulls to beat the Celtics tonight. Miami will host Boston on Sunday with the second seed possibly up for grabs.
But by the looks of it, the Heat will finish 3rd in the conference, setting up a first-round showdown with the No. 6 seeded New York Knicks. That ought to be a fun series to experience with your New York transplant co-workers and neighbors. Knicks fans are such a delight!