The Miami Heat 2014-15 season is over. Thank God.
Miami entered tonight knowing a loss and a Brooklyn win would reward the team with the 10th pick of the NBA Draft. A win and a Brooklyn loss would mean Miami would have to coin flip with the Nets to see who gets the 10th pick.
For a good stretch of this game and the Nets game, it looked like the worst case scenario was about to happen. But then for maybe the first time all season, Miami finally received good news. They won. And then won again. Never have I been so excited after a meaningless Heat game. Then again we haven't experienced this meaningless of a game in about seven years.
I usually write a quarter-to-quarter analysis for most Heat games but doing one tonight was pointless considering some of the starting lineup may not even be on the team next season. It was clear from tip off that coach Erik Spoelstra would be relying on the five least played guys to do the work. Outside of Beasley, Walker, James Ennis, Tyler Johnson and Zoran Dragic, only Udonis Haslem came off the bench for seven total minutes. Both Ennis and Johnson showed they can be key contributors for Miami next season.
Here's the final stats for the players.
Michael Beasley - 34 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists in 48 minutes.
Zoran Dragic - 22 points in 41 minutes
Henry Walker - 21 points in 48 minutes
James Ennis - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists in 48 minutes
Tyler Johnson - 11 points and 10 rebounds in 48 minutes
Udonis Haslem - 2 rebounds.
Now on to the important information:
So Heat will have 1.1 % chance of getting 1st pick in draft, 1.3 % chance of 2nd, 1.58 % chance of 3rd, 87% percent chance of 10th.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) April 16, 2015
So there you have it folks. Though the season ended painfully, the promise of a All-Star point guard, a potentially dominant center, the return of Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts and the help of a top 10 pick makes the Heat turn around next year exciting to look forward to. So look for the light at the end of the tunnel when you see the 37-45 record this year. More Heat stories coming soon. Thank you #HeatNation for relying on HotHotHoops for all your Miami Heat info!!
For the third time in four years, Heat go into the offseason with a win.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 16, 2015