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Things are looking up for the defending champions having won three straight games after dropping Wednesday night's nail biter to the Pacers. I was impressed with the Heat and was very surprised that we lost the game. We controlled the entire game except for the 1st quarter and the last five minutes of the 4th. Advice for Coach Spo: Put UD on Hibbert! The final regular season showdown between the Pacers and Heat will be next Friday, April 11.
If the Pacers continue to struggle, you could almost pencil in the Heat to the NBA Finals before the playoffs even begin. The Heat have been able to take advantage of the soft schedule lately to rest some key players: Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, and Ray Allen. If the Heat can clinch the East with a win versus the Pacers next Friday, they could give the rotation players a week off before the playoff begin and essentially use the first round to get back in sync.