Complete Guide to Miami Heat Postseason

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Complete Guide to Miami Heat Postseason
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The NBA postseason sort of sprung up on us this year, didn't it?

At least that was the impression I felt. The second-half of the season isn't dragging on as much as it usually does and there have been plenty of stories to calm the impatient fanbase that just wants a postseason already.

Among ongoing stories such as the Los Angeles Lakers and their run to an eight seed and Carmelo Anthony stealing the scoring title out from under Kevin Durant, the Miami Heat and their recent stretch of winning at a historical rate have also caused heads to turn.

As this is being written, the Heat are 65-16 and have been the league's best team for a long time. Marc Stein of ESPN has had the Heat ranked first in his power rankings for the past seven weeks.

But fans of this team know better than to judge anything that can happen in the postseason by the regular season. Miami has truly enjoyed keeping their fanbase in suspense, even last season when they were losing halfway through the fourth quarter in Game 7 of the Conference Finals.

Or when the Heat struggled against Boston and Chicago in 2011. Or that other time when Miami fell behind in three consecutive series, before winning the NBA championship.

It even occurred this year. Miami's defense was sluggish out of the gate and meandered their way to a 29-14 record, fighting it out with the New York Knicks for the one seed.

Since then, Miami has gone 36-2. The Heat are riding a little bit of momentum going into this year's postseason, which starts this weekend with a game at home against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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