Wow, we're not used to this! After 4 years in a row of not only making the playoffs, but making the NBA finals, the Heat were officially eliminated from the playoffs when Indiana beat Washington last night by a score of 99-95. I guess that's what happens when you don't play well enough to control your own destiny and have to rely on help from other teams. It is also what happens when the King departs.
People were down on Lebron when he left the Heat this year. I was not. I was grateful for what he brought to the city during the time he was here. Four consecutive Eastern Conference championships and two NBA championships. That is incredibly hard to do. I wish he and his Cavaliers the best in the post season this year.
Miami had to contend with a lot of injuries this year. That is not making excuses, just stating facts. The good thing about this slew of injuries is the acquisitions we made during the course of the season to counteract them. I am excited about the prospect of a healthy lineup next season and with a starting five of what I envision to be Whiteside, Bosh, Deng, Wade and Dragic, as well as the bench we will have, I like our chances not only to the make the playoffs, but to go far. Thanks for a good season Heat. I'll be there next season as well as watching tonight against Philadelphia even though it's now basically meaningless, except for some lottery implications.