2014 NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat Have Familiarity in Their Future

By Richard Nurse
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After a week of NBA board of governors meetings, racist owners, clueless employees and corrupt civil-rights organization execs, we find ourselves finally getting back to playoff basketball and the stars who come with it.

For example, the league’s runaway winner of the regular season Most Valuable Player award (Kevin Durant) being dubbed “Mr. Unreliable” by his hometown paper. Yes, that’s the same Durant who can do no wrong — the Oklahoma City Thunder’s golden child who’s shooting a dreadful 41 percent from the field and 25 percent from the three-point line.

Then there’s the historic six first round Game 7’s setup for tonight and Sunday.

And the amazing part is the Miami Heat have been nowhere near any of the controversy and criticism. As a matter of fact, their first round sweep and eight days off have rendered them under the radar — something that hasn’t happened in the first four years of the Big Three. And definitely not something anyone thought they would be saying while Miami gunned for title No. 3.

However, that is the case as they wait for their second round opponent — a Toronto Raptors team that they destroyed 4-0 or a Brooklyn Nets squad that stunned them all season. Either way, the defending champs will run into a team that they know too well.

But let LeBron James tell it. “No one even knows what happened in the regular season, [because] it’s been so great of a postseason.”

All lies aside, Miami should be in for an entertaining series with plenty of storylines to go around.

So fans can look forward to seeing the exiled Boston Celtics crew that tormented the Heatles throughout their careers or an electric atmosphere up north against Chris Bosh’s old franchise and their new mascot (Drake).

Headlines and good basketball — what else could you ask for?

Richard Nurse is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @blackirishpr or add him to your network on Google.

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