Revisiting Miami Heat’s Road to the 2013 NBA Finals

By Taylor Sturm
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat were supposed to win the NBA Finals from day one. Their 2013 NBA Playoffs were a little rockier than expected, but they made it to the Finals after a game seven win over the Indiana Pacers.

In the opening round of the NBA Playoffs, the Heat ran over the Milwaukee Bucks. They won every game in the series by at least eleven points which is an impressive accomplishment. Ray Allen also had a breakout game with a 23 point performance in game three.

The Chicago Bulls shook things up by winning the first game of their second round playoff series against Miami, but it was all downhill from there. The rest of the games in the series were not even close until Game 5, but even then Chicago could not stop Miami’s offense.

The Heat should not have won the first game of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals against the Pacers, but late heroics from LeBron James and terrible defense from Indiana led to a last second layup to give Miami the win. No team won consecutive games in this series which led to a crucial game seven that Miami won. James led every game in scoring for both teams. Indiana just did not have the offensive explosiveness to keep up with the Heat, and the Pacers’ season ended with a 23 point blowout.

The Heat made it to the Finals, as expected, but not as easily as they had hoped. They will face the San Antonio Spurs in what could be one of the most exciting matchups between future NBA Hall of Famers in years. Whether they will win or not will depend on whether other Miami players will step up and help James or he will have to take on Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan by himself.

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