Playoff Seeding: Miami Heat fight like children as three teams are within 1.5 games of first place
James Harden and Joel Embiid both got the night off last Monday while Philadelphia 76ers led by Tyrese Maxey beat the Miami Heat.
Maxey scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, hitting a couple of deep threes and contested layups to secure the win for Philadelphia. He capped off the night with a Embiid-esc game saving block off the backboard that ruined the Miami Heat’s night.
Fast forward to last night…the Sixers improved to 45-27 on the season and currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference standings with a win over the Lakers, and are now 1.5 games behind the East-leading Heat. The Bucks (3rd) and Celtics (4th) are also sitting 1.5 games behind the Heat with just 10 games remaining in the regular season.
Miami Heat Crumbling
Miami faced the Golden State last night and lost yet again to a team playing without their main stars. The Warriors did not have Draymond Green, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson.
Jonathan Kuminga and Andrew Wiggins both scored 22 points and Jordan Poole led the Warriors with 30 points to take down the Heat in South Beach.
We also got this video from the game last night, showing the Miami Heat in full meltdown mode with just 10 games left in the 2022 NBA regular season.
Here’s a better video from a fan behind the bench where you can literally hear Haslem telling Jimmy Butler that he’s going to “beat his ass”.
From here, you knew exactly what the response was going to be from the Heat. Spoelstra took the podium to talk with the media and immediately downplayed the situation stating that it’s always good to let frustration out.
Blah blah blah. I absolutely love the Heat crumbling at the end of the NBA season while they hold only a 1.5 game lead over three teams in the Eastern Conference standings. They have dropped two in a row to teams missing their star players and watching them fight like babies brings joy to my eyes on a rainy day in Philadelphia.
I’ve been extremely vocal in the fact that the Heat are pretenders anyways and no one really thinks they are NBA Finals contenders. Any sign of weakness over the final weeks of the regular season is great to see, but it’s always important to remember the number one rule of sports heading into the NBA playoffs…
Playoff Seeding Doesn’t Matter.
The Liberty Line jumped on the new Twitter Community feature last night and dished out a set of “rules” in our new Philly vs Everybody community. No surprise that Rule #4 clearly states that worrying about playoff seeding is as useless as Power Rankings.
Good basketball teams don’t worry about playoff seeding. They simply win games.