The preseason portion of the playoffs is over. It was a challenge so soft that it did not even require Dwyane Wade or anything close to the best of the Heat for Sunday's sweep-completing 88-77 victory. For their next act, the Bucks will now implode, with Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings and J.J. Redick all headed to free agency, a gone-today, gone-tomorrow approach each seemed to carry through these past eight days, Jennings particularly awful Sunday, Ellis seemingly auditioning for his next paycheck. For the Heat, the meat of the playoffs is about to arrive, Chicago Bulls likely next, followed possibly by the New York Knicks and then perhaps the San Antonio Spurs, teams that actually finished the season with winning records. "We're going to start to feel it," forward Shane Battier said, no disrespect to the Bucks. But that doesn't mean there wasn't meaning Sunday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. What this sweep showed, just as last season's championship showed, is that you can never have too much. And that sometimes, too much is just enough, no matter what David Stern and, apparently, an overwhelming majority of the NBA Board of Governors seem to think. Or did you fail to notice how trying to do it all eventually did in James Harden and the Rockets on Saturday night? How with Russell Westbrook out, the Thunder have been reduced to Kevin Durant or bust, their championship chances severely diminished? Even the way Carmelo Anthony was forced into taking 35 shots for the Knicks in Sunday's overtime loss to the Celtics? No, this never was about overkill from Pat Riley and Micky Arison, even if that was the outside impression.
Heat sweep a product of depth, cohesion
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Apr 29