Count TNT’s Charles Barkley among those skeptics. He made it clear on Tuesday night that he not only doesn’t expect Miami to play for the NBA championship, but that he doesn’t even expect it to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
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No matter what one thinks of the Heat’s chances in 2021, the road back to the championship series will be a very tough one.
There’s also the rival Boston Celtics, Miami’s opponent in the Eastern Conference Finals last season, to deal with.
The good news for the Heat is that their players seem to be motivated and locked in.
First-time All-Star Bam Adebayo made it clear that although he’s armed with a huge new contract, he has no intention of resting on his laurels.