While it is still a bit premature to guarantee what the Eastern Conference Finals will look like in the days to come, the idea of a Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat matchup has already gained a lot of steam especially as both teams lead their semifinal series 1-0.
It's going to be hard to ignore all the possible and obvious storylines surrounding that possibility and even LeBron James, who spent four years with Miami from 2010-2014 which resulted in four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals and two championships has acknowledged he's had the Miami Heat on his mind (via Joe Vardon from Cleveland.com).
I think naturally of course. That's since I've came back," James said. "It'd be great to against those guys in the postseason. Throughout my whole career, I've always wanted to go against (Dwyane) Wade in a playoff series. We've always talked about it even before we became teammates in '10. It's not been heavy on my mind but it's crossed my mind throughout my whole career."
It is shocking that despite the fact that there are nine other seasons where both Wade and James played in opposites jerseys that these two future Hall of Famers have never faced off in a postseason series. Given the way this season has played out for both teams, it is still a shock that we are a combination of six wins away from that reality. (Back in August of last year, HHH addressed this possibility of a potential LeBron vs Wade playoff series.)
For his part, Dwyane Wade is simply focusing on the task at hand.
Wade would not get caught up in LeBron discussion about meeting in playoffs. He emphasized work remains against Toronto.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) May 4, 2016
All season the matchup most of the league has banked on in terms of most intrigue always involved the Western Conference whether it was a combination of the Golden State Warriors vs. either the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder.
No disrespect to the Atlanta Hawks and Raptors of course. But if the Heat can close the deal against the Raptors having already accomplished what they needed to do by taking at least one of the first two games on the road, it will make this year's spectrum of the Conference Finals that much better and more interesting.