The Miami Heat are looking like the team to beat after sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks out of the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
The defending league champions have actually looked an awful lot like the team to beat all season. Returning the same players that won the team its first NBA title last season is just one of the reasons so many prognosticators have them winning it all.
This is also the team that reeled off an impressive win streak in the middle of the season and if the team can refuse to lose for that length of time, you have to wonder how daunting the playoffs really look to them.
This was the first time that the team has managed a playoff sweep since the “Big 3” era began. That era is marked by the convergence of Chris Bosh, Lebron James and Dwyane Wade in moves that were designed to make the team exactly as good as its looking right now.
The Miami Heat were led tonight by James who had 30 points on 12 of 20 shooting from the field. King James added eight rebounds and seven assists to dominate the game in several facets.
Coming off the bench, Ray Allen again showed why the team felt he was an important asset to acquire this season. Allen scored 16 points against his former team and averaged 16.5 points per game in the series against the Bucks.
Milwaukee looked every bit of the eighth seed going up against the number one seed in the east, as they lost all four games in the series by at least 11 points.
Now James and Wade will get a couple of days to rest, thanks to finishing off their first opponent so quickly. The team will next face off against the winner of the Chicago Bulls-Brooklyn Nets series. The Bulls lead that series 3-1 with game five coming on Monday night.
The sweep marked a team record eighth straight playoff victory for the Miami Heat dating back to last season.