Five Takeaways from the Heat’s 122-101 Victory over the Cavs

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2. The Addition of Joe Johnson Makes the Heat Eastern Conference Contenders


When the Heat signed the 34-year-old Johnson in late February, the addition didn’t receive much attention.

The signing didn’t receive much attention because the veteran small forward literally looked like he was on his last legs—he had averaged just 11.8 points on a very inefficient 40.6 percent from the field in 57 starts with the Brooklyn Nets.

However, in 10 starts with the Heat, Johnson is averaging 15.5 points on a scorching 56.5 percent from the field.

Yes, his performance has literally escalated several notches due to a change of scenery and playing in a more up-tempo offense. Even if Chris Bosh is sidelined for the postseason, Johnson gives this team a legit second or third scoring option and makes the Heat a scary team in the playoffs.

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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.