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2013 NBA Playoffs: Lengthy Layoff Good For Miami Heat

The Miami Heat got their broom out and disposed of the Milwaukee Bucks with a first round sweep. The defending NBA champions were never really challenged and will now enter a lengthy hiatus while they await their next opponent.

Miami will go up against the winner of the Brooklyn Nets vs Chicago Bulls series, which the Bulls currently lead 3-1. Chicago held off the Nets at home in a triple overtime thriller and will now head to Brooklyn looking to finish things off. It is a series that could very well drag out for a couple more games, but even if the Bulls were to take care of business in game five, the Heat would still have five days rest.

With five — or potentially even more — days of rest coming up, some would argue that such a long break in the postseason can tune you out of the playoff mood. While there is always a risk that a break such as this could cause some rust, Miami will undoubtedly welcome the time off.

While you can’t count out the Nets, it certainly looks like the Bulls will be up next for Miami. If it does come down to a Bulls vs Heat matchup in the second round, a chance to rest and recover can be crucial. Chicago plays an extremely physical brand of basketball, something that the Heat experienced first hand in the regular season. To be physically ready against the Bulls is an undeniable advantage.

Time to recover from lingering injuries is also something that the stressful postseason rarely allows. Dwyane Wade sat out game four against the Bucks, resting his bruised knee. This layoff will allow Wade to rest and hopefully he will be ready to go in the second round.

 

Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis