On Monday night, the Miami Heat won their ninth straight playoff series by sweeping the Charlotte Bobcats. With the win, the Heat punched their ticket to the next round of the playoffs and even though it was a sweep, we’re certainly glad that its finally over. If what you were looking for some over the top exciting and edge of your seat basketball, then you need to keep watching the Houston Vs Portland games or the Clippers Vs Warriors games.
Now, the final outcome of the Heat and Bobcat series didn’t really present extended moments of jubilance and it most certainly did not surprise anyone. Not even in Charlotte did they think there was a realistic chance for them to defeat Miami. Instead, this series served Charlotte as a measure of how far off they are from contending and getting deeper in the playoffs. And we must say, that team is coming along nicely for the future.
For Miami, this series provided a taylor made playoff opponent that wasn’t going to seriously threaten the Heat. But the series allowed Miami to explore the addition of James Jones to the rotation as a “Mike Miller isn’t here, a Shane Battier can’t shoot and a Ray Allen is struggling” fill in. So there was that.
Otherwise, Monday night’s game was business as usual for most of the game with the exception of a too little too late run in the fourth quarter by the Bobcats. Miami won 109-98 and locked up at least five days of rest before their next game.
Now, the Heat wait to see who their Round 2 opponent will be (the winner of the Toronto Vs Brooklyn series).
MIA – LeBron James- 31 Points, 7 Rebs and 9 Assists
TOR – Kemba Walker- 29 Points, 5 Rebs, 5 Assists