Miami Heat defended home court and will take on the Milwaukee Bucks away from home with a 2-0 lead in the series. A third victory would essentially finish the series, as no team has ever managed to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs.
Miami won the first two games of the 2013 postseason, doing so without an overwhelming amount of effort. In game one, the Heat stomped the Bucks, but game two was a little more of a challenge. Even though Milwaukee was within striking range going into the fourth quarter of the second game, Miami simply shifted into a higher gear and went on a 12-0 run to start the final period. Yet again, the champions showed how effortless this series seems to be.
The Bucks are essentially in a win or go home type of a situation. If they drop a third straight game Thursday night, even Brandon Jennings would probably have to admit defeat.
At this point in the series, it is important for Miami not to get complacent. While there is little to no chance that Milwaukee can cause an upset in the first round of the playoffs, there are other things at stake. If the Heat can finish the series in a sweep, they would grant themselves some more rest between the rounds and rest is something that is hard to come by at this time of year.
The Heat should look to put the premature nail in the coffin tonight and continue their postseason unbeaten.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist at RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter: @VytisLasaitis