Q: We’re playing the Celtics, aren’t we? – Stan.
A: The way the Celtics went to Milwaukee and took care of business on Friday nights, it appeared to be. But it’s also not like that series hasn’t had success down the road. It may well come down to a better game between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jason Tatum. Nevertheless, NBA history largely favors the home team in Game 7. So I’d say the Heat staff are spending a little more time on their Boston videos than on their Bucks scouting reports at the moment. Either way, both of those teams have looked far better than the 76ers they saw in their series against the Heat.
Q: The Heat don’t have the top superstars, but they probably have the deepest bench among the rest of the teams. This is their strength. We have some great defenders. Why can’t we use our players to put more pressure on our opponents on the backcourt? We can keep rolling the players off the bench to keep them fresh. – Jay, Weston.
A: First, the heat often goes away under the pressure of such a ball, especially after a timeout. And they were lifting James Harden 94 feet. So there it is. But for the considerable depth of all heats, you still want your best players on the court as much as possible. So you also have to be careful not to wear Jimmy Butler or Bam Adebayo with all that extra effort. In addition, a pressure defense can result in a foul. It can be delicious with Gabe Vincent or Victor Oladipo. But I’m not sure you want Butler or Adebayo to burn foul on the backcourt.
Q: I just love whether it’s a championship or bust here. This is the biggest feeling as a heat fan and a contestant. – Swann.
A: Which is why precautions are taken with Kyle Lowry in the first and second rounds. The goal was not just to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The goal was, and remains, the necessary 16 wins for a title. And only point guard challenges will get tougher, which is why you need Kyle Lowry, or at least as much as 100 percent possible.