Experienced OrganizationThe Miami Heat may not be as successful as the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics in terms of number of championships yet but with the culture the organization has, it will not be shocking that they go on the same trajectory as the two.
Even if the Heat is not as historic as the Lakers or the Celtics, they have made a name for themselves as one of the household names in terms of recent NBA success.
With their current championship experience having won three championships already, they may have a upper hand against the Bucks.
This is the same set of people who won during the Shaq era and the Big Three era, the only difference are the players who are currently playing.
This advantage may be a big factor that may help the Heat upset the Bucks.
Well-oiled Team chemistryCoach Erik Spoelstra may be snubbed several times for the Coach of the year honor especially this season, but you cannot take away the fact that he did a pretty excellent job this season.
Aside from top picks like Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo, most of the players in the roster are misfits from other teams that turned good upon arrival in South Beach.
The likes of Duncan Robinson, Chris Silva, and Rookie of the Year Candidate Kendrick Nunn, shows how the Heat always find its way to discover hidden Gems that can shine in their own ways.
Together, this group of guys are lethal. They may not be the best team on paper, but it is as if they were grouped perfectly to complement each other.
The icing on the cake is the addition of Jimmy Butler who is the perfect player profile for a Pat Riley run organization. Put together, they transform into a different animal ready to take on anybody in their way.
Jimmy “Buckets” ButlerThe Bucks didn’t have an answer for Butler. Butler is known as a gritty player and this was shown in game 1.
Jimmy tormented the Bucks by scoring 40 points against them. This is the first time a Heat player scored at least 40 points since LeBron James in 2014.
Butler was relentless from start to finish especially in the fourth quarter where he scored a majority of the points for both teams.
It did not help that his supporting cast also were instrumental as the likes of Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo contributed for 27 points and 12 points, 17 rebounds, and 6 assists respectively.
VerdictIn game 1, the Heat showed that they wanted to win more. With the advantages above mentioned, the Bucks need to show the same intensity as the Heat showed to be able to match them.
The Bucks are the best team in the East for nothing. If they show their true worth, we may witness one of the most entertaining series in this year’s playoffs.