The Miami Heat guaranteed themselves the No. 2 seed in the Eastern conference with the 98-90 win on the road last night against the struggling Atlanta Hawks.
Although they're on a 3-game win streak, the Heat showed their well-known weakness on Monday when the Hawks bench outscored Miami's bench 44-14. The Hawk's starters did not play in the final quarter of that game, but Dwayne Wade's Heat still managed to give up a 20-point lead and was tied at the 3:28 mark.
With that being said, Miami is still the No. 2 seed and will play against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first-round of the playoffs. Due to their superior talent over the 76ers, I cannot imagine the Heat losing a game in this series. This is the one match up where Miami can sweep the series using their talent only.
There is one advantage that Philadelphia has in this series though, and that's their league-leading bench. They will need their bench, teamwork and heart to make this series a competitive one, and who knows, things could get very interesting if they win one-of-the-first-two games on the road.
The regular season ends Apr. 13, and those 16 playoff teams will all be 0-0, and all of them will be fighting each night to get closer to winning 16 games to be crowned NBA champions.