By: John Myhre, Caleb Harris, and Jerimyah Douglas
The Miami Heat was the 8th seed heading into the Eastern Conference, barely scraping into the playoffs. Despite many expecting the #1 seed, Milwaukee Bucks, to knock out the Heat, the Miami Heat swept through game 5 with Jimmy Butler being the MVP and beat the Bucks 4-1. This was a huge upset for Bucks fans and allowed the Heat to move on to another round against the New York Knicks. The Heat, still the underdog in the series, won the series’ first game by 7 points. During the Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks game, Jimmy Butler was out injured causing a disadvantage to the Miami team. The Knicks ended up winning the game 111-105. The Heat then went on to win the next 2 games with Butler putting them ahead in the series 3-1. The Knicks were able to get one more win, putting the series at 3-2 before the Heat finally beat them in game six 92-96, advancing them into the conference championship.
Now the Heat are up against the #2 seed, Boston Celtics. ESPN’s power rankings gave the Heat a 3% chance of beating the Celtics and moving on to the finals. The Heat beat the Celtics 3 games in a row putting them ahead 3-0. Unfortunately, the Boston Celtics won game four 116-99, giving them another chance of redemption. The Celtics went on to win the next two games forcing the series into game 7. The Heat do not want to be the first team in history to lose after a 3-0 lead beat the Celtics 103-84.
In the NBA finals, the Miami Heat will play the Denver Nuggets for the NBA championship. With the Nuggets led by player Nicola Jokic, the Miami Heat will need another miracle to complete their underdog story.