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

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

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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