An inside look at the Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks first round playoff series.
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The post-season journey begins very soon. What can we expect in this first-round match up with the white-hot Heat (to borrow a page from their latest marketing campaign) and the eighth-seeded Bucks?
Return Of The Kings
Newly-minted champions in 2011/12, the Heat were on a 27-win streak at one point this season. They stayed healthy, strengthened their roster by signing “The Birdman” Chris Andersen mid-season and finished with a stellar 66-16 season record.
No question about it, Miami is set to continue their dominance with undisputed star LeBron James at the helm.
With fellow All-Star Dwyane Wade running the break and center Chris Bosh filling the gaps both as a shooter and as a finisher at the rim, coach Erick Spoelstra runs an intimidating defensive system that heavily punishes opponents mistakes.
To the Heat, anything less than a repeat would likely be considered a failure.
Fighting For Survival
Will the Bucks pull out a miracle victory somehow? It's unlikely. Miami’s only perceived weakness is against teams with interior fire power (e.g. Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers). Rising big man Larry Sanders is not in his best form right now, as he's being sidelined with a back injury.
Throw in a wrist injury on long-range bomber/forward Ersan Illyasova, and we have two capable big men with questionable health. Expect big performances from manic scoring guard Monta Ellis to win them a game (or two), but it will not be enough to pull an upset over King James.
What do you think of this series? Do you expect a clean sweep or for the Bucks to put up a feisty struggle? Let us know what you think in the comments below.