The Miami Heat put the dot on a very successful regular season Wednesday night. The NBA champions finished the gruesome 82-game marathon on a high note, taking out the Orlando Magic. With LeBron James and Chris Bosh out, Dwyane Wade and Mike Miller took the game in their own hands and carried the Heat.
James was forced to miss the regular season finale, as he was attending a family matter, while Bosh just sat the game out, but their absence was not felt. Wade had 17 points and eight assists in the first half alone, finishing with 21 points and 10 assists in just over 23 minutes of play. It was nice to see Wade finally shake off the rust, as the guard looked ready for the postseason.
Miller continued to prove his worth to the team, and it would be mad for Erik Spoelstra not to give him a solid spot in the playoff rotation. He stood for yet another impressive showing against the Magic, scoring 21 points and dishing out six assists. Miller also connected on six of his nine three-point attempts.
In the past couple of weeks, Miami’s role players, and especially Miller, have shown just how good this team is. Miami is 37-2 since Feb. 3, and the win against Orlando capped off an eight game winning streak.
Miami will meet the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, and it is hard seeing the Heat dropping any games in this series. Miami has only lost four games at home this year and will look to start the postseason the right way Sunday evening.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis