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Heat layoff as Bulls-Nets series goes on
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 28, 2013 @ 11:56 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MILWAUKEE – The Miami Heat may not have a preference who they play in the second round. Chicago Bulls or Brooklyn Nets, it doesn’t matter to the Heat.
That doesn’t mean Miami doesn’t have a rooting interest.
The Heat are pulling for a seven-game series between the Bulls and Nets – the longer the better for the Heat, who seek rest and recovery, especially for shooting guard Dwyane Wade, who missed Game 4 Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks with a sore right knee.
The Heat missed Wade, but they were still able to sweep the Bucks with an 88-77 victory.
It was the first series sweep for the Heat since forwards LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Wade in 2010-11. The Heat had chances to sweep the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round in 2011 and the New York Knicks in the first round lasts season. But both teams were able to force fifth games.
“It was gratifying to get something we haven’t done with this group,” Spoelstra said.
Now, Miami faces a lengthy layoff. The Heat will not play until Saturday at the earliest, depending on how long the Bulls-Nets series lasts.
“The biggest focus for us will be keeping ourselves physically ready, and that’s probably the most abnormal of the circumstances,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You’re used to playing every 48 hours or so. That’s the NBA rhythm when you get into the playoffs.
“We’ll have to make sure we strike a balance between our conditioning – stay fit, work our game, get after it with pads in practice and also make sure guys are healthy and we’re not doing too much.”
One Heat player looking forward to the break is Wade. He warmed up before the game, but it was decided he should sit out.
“Obviously, we’re one of the oldest teams in the league, maybe the oldest team when you talk about rotation players,” Wade said. “Guys have some bumps and bruises coming out of the series so it’s going to be great to get the rest. But we have to take this time to continue to stay sharp and to stay in … [For more on Miami Heat set for layoff as Bulls-Nets series goes on, click here.]
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