After obliterating the Indiana Pacers last night, the Miami Heat have solidified their supremacy in the Eastern Conference. No team has walked off the court victorious against the Heat in 18 games. No team or player wants to face the reigning NBA champions in the playoffs, let alone the first round. Except for Brandon Jennings.
According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the young point guard of the Milwaukee Bucks made a rather surprising statement, indicating that he would not mind a shot at the champions:
“The two games that we played Miami so far, we matched up well against them,” Jennings said. “If you ask me, that’s who I would want to play first round, Miami … right now we haven’t really played well against the Knicks. I just feel better if we play Miami first round, just the fact we have good games against them.”
Let me stop you right there Brandon. You want to play Miami in the first round of the playoffs? Come on.
With Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors practically out of the playoff race, the only way for the Bucks to go in the conference standings is up. Yet, Jennings says he would not mind taking on the Heat.
So, do the Bucks have any kind of a chance against Miami, were the two teams to meet in the playoffs?
The season series is tied at 1-1, and they will meet two more times before the end of the regular season. Milwaukee has done just as well as any team against the Heat this season. In their first meeting, Miami needed overtime to edge the Bucks at AmericanAirlines Arena, while Milwaukee outscored the Heat by 21 in the fourth quarter of their second meeting, winning by 19.
That being said, unless Jennings has early vacation plans, he would probably be better off trying to avoid LeBron James and co. in the first round of the playoffs. Then again, it is hard to see the Bucks beating the New York Knicks, so if Milwaukee wants a prolonged postseason, moving even further up the rankings is the safest bet.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis