Biggest East competitor to Heat?
The Heatís path to a third consecutive NBA championship hasnít gotten any easier or harder lately. But it does feel different. The chief road block to Miamiís fourth consecutive trip out of the Eastern Conference and into the Finals appears to have changed colors, from golden yellow to Darth Vader black.
Looks for now like the cold Indiana Pacers are out.
Looks for now like the hot Brooklyn Nets are in.
And the Heat, bucking all trends, is as has been:
Still the team to beat, unless or until you hear otherwise ó despite Tuesday nightís 88-87 loss to the Brooklyn Nets here.
-- Miami Herald