9. Being Down 0-1 Against The Bulls Is A Big Obstacle
The Heat’s performance this season clearly speaks for itself. They’ve dominated the league. There’s really no other way to say it. And while that is hard to spin as a strike against the Heat, I think we can do it nonetheless. Here goes: Having turned the regular season into a pleasure cruise, the star-studded Heat aren’t exactly adept in overcoming adversity. In past years, they’d had the pressure of expectations upon them, but this season has been like a Swedish massage for the big three and co. So, when a team, even one as wounded as the Bulls, manages to draw first blood, two things could happen. First off, the Heat could completely derail and lose the series. Not likely, but possible. Secondly, and more likely, they’re going to tough it out, but not without a lot of stress and second-guessing, both internally and from the media. And they’re not a team that’s built for that. It may not cost them the series, but it will fester over the course of the playoffs, and the Heat are a long way from raising that trophy.