There really is something in the water lately that makes our pro sports teams stop being such gawd-awful municipal embarrassments. Last year, the Heat had its worse season since its inaugural year, which didn't help to ease the pain we were experiencing after the Fins' 1-15 season.
Things have turned around, and not even halfway into the season, they've won six more games then they did all last season. They have a strong bench and a reinvigorated Dwyane Wade. Of course they're stuck at third in the division, behind the Hawks and Magic, but they're one of only six Eastern Conference teams with a winning record, so a playoff berth is quite possible. So while the Fins benefited from being in a sucky division, the Heat's playoff hopes are kept alive by being in a sucky conference.
They're on the road all weekend, playing a solid Houston team Saturday and then a pushover Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday.
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The real test comes next week at home, when they'll host two teams with the strongest records in the league. It's the Boston Celtics Wednesday and Orlando next Saturday.