And perhaps no team was more affected by that perception than the Miami Heat, whose march to the NBA Finals as a No. seed was the bubble postseason’s most impressive outlier according to our Elo ratings. Miami followed up that effort with a decent-but-not-great 2021 season, finishing sixth in the East and getting emphatically swept out of the first round of the playoffs by the eventual-champion Milwaukee Bucks.
Jimmy Butler and Max Strus have a complicated relationship.
Preview Last Friday night, the Heat defeated the Hawks for the second time in 48 hours. However, something was noticeably different in the home/away series. Last Wednesday, the Heat destroyed the Hawks 115-91 in their first matchup of the week (and the fans let the Hawks hear about it).