Who would’ve thought the Miami Heat were on the verge of sweeping the No. 1 seeded Milwaukee Bucks, using pure dominance from start to finish.
Heading into Game 4, that doesn’t even phase the Heat, who have seemingly treated every game as if they’re down 0-3.
“You just have to stay focused on the task at hand,” coach Erik Spoelstra said before Sunday’s 3:30 p.m. tip-off, with a chance to make the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2014.
Assuming Kelly Olynyk plays, Miami will have its entire roster and coaching staff in action for the first time at the NBA’s bubble.
While the significance seems bitter, it’s only bound to make the Heat even stronger, as they look to keep their postseason record as clean as can be, something that shines bright when recruiting future free agents.
Of course, I’m referring to Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, who’s dealt with Miami’s defensive border for the past three games, holding him back to his reigning MVP attributes.
Having received a first-person treat from “them goons from Dade County,” does the Heat’s 2021 free agency pitch not seem more legit?
Has Antetokounmpo come to the realization that he can’t do it on his own? Is coach Mike Budenholzer, who possesses a costly 31-31 record in the playoffs, just not the coach for him?
One could say an elimination in six or seven games could be reasonable, considering the circumstance a team faces. However, in a championship-or-bust type season that the Bucks face, there’s no excuse to falling in a clean sweep.
And with an uncertain future in regards to Antetokounmpo’s contract negotiations, it surely won’t fit well with his camp, which opens the door for the Heat.
What once seemed as pure interest and fan hype from the Heat’s side could be a realistic scenario.
That starts with showing the East’s top seed who’s boss. It’s all in the hands of Miami’s crystal ball.