Miami Heat Playoff Schedule 2014: TV Info and Predictions for 2nd Round

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2014

Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) high-fives Chris Bosh (1) after the Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Miami. At left is Dwyane Wade. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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The Miami Heat must not have gotten the memo from the NBA that every first-round series is supposed to go the full seven games.

LeBron James and company swept the Charlotte Bobcats in easy fashion, and the only real drama was whether James stared down Michael Jordan during a dunk in Game 3. It was a mismatch to begin with, and when Al Jefferson got hurt in Game 1, it was completely over.

The reward for the Heat was a lengthy wait. They had no idea whom their opponent would be until Sunday. With the Brooklyn Nets' 104-103 Game 7 win over the Toronto Raptors, they move on to play Miami.

You can see the full series schedule below, per the Sun Sentinel:

Miami Heat Second Round Schedule
GameDateHomeAwayTimeTV Info
1Tues., May 6Miami HeatBrooklyn NetsTBDTNT
2Thur., May 8Miami HeatBrooklyn NetsTBDESPN2
3Sat., May 10Brooklyn NetsMiami Heat8 p.m.ABC
4Mon., May 12Brooklyn NetsMiami HeatTBDTNT
5*Wed., May 14Miami HeatBrooklyn NetsTBDTNT
6*Fri., May 16Brooklyn NetsMiami HeatTBDESPN
7*Sun., May 18Miami HeatBrooklyn NetsTBDABC
Sun Sentinel

Despite all the drama that has unfolded in the Eastern Conference playoffs thus far, things could still incredibly go according to plan, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

All of the time off has made it hard for the Heat to prepare for the next round.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra said that it would be a waste of time for his team to prepare for either the Nets or Raptors in practice considering all the time spent strategizing for the eventual loser would prove fruitless, via Winderman:

You can't start planning for one team and their differences over the other team. Then you might be wasting your time. It's served us well in the past to drill our fundamentals, and that's what we did [Friday], training-camp style with our defense. All of those habits. That never hurts to do that and to do it fully competitive and full contact. 

Looking ahead, let’s dig into some predictions for how the Heat-Nets series may unfold.

 

Round Two Preview

TORONTO, ON - MAY 4: Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets celebrates after winning against the Toronto Raptors in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on May 4, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canad
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The Heat would've been much happier seeing the Raptors. They took all four games against Toronto in the regular season, whereas Brooklyn took all four contests against Miami.

It's safe to say that the Nets aren’t going to sweep the Heat in the playoffs. Still, this series will be the more difficult of the two potential matchups if we go by the postseason pedigree of the players on the roster.

BROOKLYN, NY - APRIL 27:  Paul Pierce #34, Deron Williams #8 and Kevin Garnett #2 of the Brooklyn Nets walk up court against the Toronto Raptors during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals  at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. NOTE TO USER: User e
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Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett played James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh in some epic matchups when the two veterans were in Boston. The value of that type of experience under the brightest lights cannot be overstated at this time of year.

This will be an emotional series to say the least.

The veteran-laden Nets may be physically drained after a seven-game series with Toronto. Miami’s rest will come into play as this series drags on as will the physicality required in trying to stop James and Wade on the offensive end.

Brooklyn will prove that the regular season wasn’t a complete fluke and win a couple of games, but Miami is a well-oiled machine that has been gearing toward the playoffs all season. Brooklyn, or any Eastern Conference team for that matter, isn’t going to stand in its way.

The Heat will win this in six games.