The Miami Heat finished off the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night, albeit not impressively. No matter. Finally, the basketball reality that we have anticipated for months is here. The Miami Heat will square off against the Boston Celtics in the 2011 NBA Playoffs.
Already, the superlatives have been given. In his pre-series column, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports went where everyone who cares about the history of the game was scared to go.
Finally, Miami disposed of the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5, ending the opening-round series and clearing the way for the most anticipated, most intriguing conference semifinal in NBA history. In this information age, there's no match for the star power and storylines of this blood-war series.
It's almost blasphemous to say something like that, and I'm sure a lot of legends feel slighted. But then, you look back at the history of the game, and you realize ... maybe Wojnarowski is right. The Celtics' four-game sweep of the Knicks re-established them as the ultimate team. Miami, with their uninspiring five-game series win over a pesky 76ers squad, has been re-established as a collection of stars that take turns. Good vs. Evil can now begin. Or, to put it another way, the Heat have finished breakfast, and now must move on to a very big lunch.
Truth be told, there's little snark I can add in here, because sometimes it's fun to sit back and enjoy the hype. Therefore, I leave you with this from John Krolik.
293 days after "The Decision," Miami's season begins.
Let's get it on!