Only two games into the postseason and the Miami Heat have already asserted their authority over their playoff opponent. With a 94-73 Game 2 victory over the No. 7 seed Philadelphia 76ers, this newly formed team with only one starter left from last year's starting lineup has already emerged as one of the top lineups to be assembled in franchise history.
Even with only two wins, the Big Three and its supporting cast have become a title contender and could be making a deep postseason run if they can continue to play to their fullest potential.
Before the trio of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade was brought together, the Heat have had playoff teams that have become title contenders while also featuring some of the top players in the league. It was only five years ago that a completely different team had led the Heat to their first title in franchise history. Only Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem are left from that team and they are now in the midst of another title run sans Haslem, who has been out since November.
The run of postseason success has extended far before that championship run as this Heat team has advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals before with a legitimate shot at a title. In the days of Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway, the Heat were perennial title favorites and could have made, it if not for the greatest player in the world playing during that period, or the fact that the New York Knicks had a hex over Miami for three years.
This 2011 postseason team, just for its talent level and expectations alone, puts it in heavy competition with past teams that have made postseason runs. With a limited selection, since the Heat have only been around for 23 years, it made it less difficult to find the 10 best playoff teams to be assembled. Perhaps even those teams can give the current team a run for their money.