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

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5. This Team Has a Legitimate Chance at Advancing Deep in the Postseason

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Saturday night’s victory over Cleveland was just another display of how the Heat should be taken seriously as playoff contenders entering April.

Not only did they win the season series over the Cavaliers, it was their 11th straight home victory over Cleveland. It was also their 17th victory in their past 20 games versus the Cavaliers.

Just a week prior, the team had pushed the second-best team in the conference, the Toronto Raptors, to overtime. Although the Heat lost, they showed that they could compete against one of the conference’s elite teams with Dwyane Wade sidelined.

Miami is playing some tremendous ball since the All-Star break. While many pundits have focused on the absence of Bosh and aren’t paying any attention to the contributions of players such as Johnson and Richardson, this team has proven it might be the hottest team in the East entering the playoffs.

While no one will pick the Heat to advance to the NBA Finals, it is a reality when considering how the team has performed over the last month.

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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.