5 Reasons Why The Playoffs Aren't The Same Without The Miami Heat

5 Reasons Why The Playoffs Aren’t The Same Without The Miami Heat

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4. Heat Not Having a Chance to Defend Its East Crown

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Perhaps the worst part about the Heat not being in the 2015 postseason is the fact that they won’t be able to defend their Eastern Conference champion crown.

For the past four seasons, Miami has represented the East in the NBA Finals. Before the Heat did it between the years of 2011 through 2014, the last team to represent their conference in the finals in four consecutive seasons was the Celtics from 1984 to 1987.

The 2014-15 Heat are the first team since the 2004-05 Lakers to miss the playoffs a year after advancing to the finals.

Following Miami’s regular season finale victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, head coach Erik Spoelstra complimented his team in spite of the 37-45 record to conclude the season: “This was probably one of the more deceiving non-playoff teams because of all the circumstances.”

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