Nets can no longer play the deciding role of the Miami Heat

The top-seeded Miami Heat won’t know their opponent in the first round until Friday. But The Heat now knows they won’t start their next run against Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets.

With Tuesday night’s 115-108 win over the eighth-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center in Game One of the Eastern Conference Championships, the seventh-ranked Nets snatched the Eastern No. 7 seed and will face the second seed. Boston Celtics in first-round series best of 7.

There are still three potential first-round contenders for the Mohit: the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets and the Cavaliers. Miami will open the playoffs against one of those teams on Sunday at the FTX Arena, with Game 1 set at 1 p.m. (TNT, Bally Sports Sun).

Match 2 will be on Tuesday at the FTX Arena, with the time set. The Heat will move into Game 3 on Friday night (time to be announced) and remain on track for Match 4 on Sunday at 7 p.m.

The series will return to Miami for Game 5 if needed on Tuesday, April 26; Return if necessary to Road City for Game 6 on Thursday, April 28; And back to Miami for Game 7 if necessary on Saturday, April 30th.

The remaining matches of the East seeded 8th playoff tournament will determine who the Heat will face in the opening round.

The next game will be a game between the ninth-ranked Hawks and the 10th-ranked Hornets on Wednesday in Atlanta (7 p.m. ET). The loser in this game will be disqualified from the playoff competition to reduce the Heat’s list of potential first-round opponents to two teams, while the winner will come one step closer to qualifying for the playoffs.

The Cavaliers will then host the winner of the Hawks-Hornets match on Friday (7:30 p.m., ESPN), and the winner of that match will clinch the eighth seed in the East and first-round series against the Heat.

The Heat won the regular season series against two of its three potential competitors in the first round – 3-1 vs. the Hawks and 4-0 vs. the Hornets. Miami finished the regular season with a score of 2-2 against Cleveland.

The other first-round encounters are set for the East: No. 2 against the Celtics versus No. 7 Nets, No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks against No. 6 Chicago Bulls and No. 4 Philadelphia 76s versus No. 5 Toronto Raptors. The arc is prepared for the winner of the first-round series of Heat to face the winner of the 76ers-Raptors series in the second round.

The earliest he can face the Heat Bucks, Celtics or Nets in the playoffs will be in the conference finals.

The Heat has six full days off to rest and prepare between the end of the regular season last Sunday and its first playoff next Sunday. The Heat’s first-round opponent will only have one day between grabbing the eighth-seeded Eastern on Friday and the start of the playoff series in Miami.

After taking Monday and Tuesday off to rest, Team Heat are back in practice on Wednesday at the FTX Arena.

general coach

The National Basketball Coaches Association announced Tuesday that Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams has named Michael H. Goldberg coach of the year. The award was voted on by 30 coaches in the NBA.

Heat coach Eric Spoelstra was one of six to receive votes for the honor, along with Willie Green of the New Orleans Pelicans, Taylor Jenkins of the Memphis Grizzlies, Tyrone Low of the Los Angeles Clippers and Greg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs and Williams.

The NBA will announce its Coach of the Year award, voted on by a panel of members of the media, in the coming weeks during the playoffs.

This story was originally published April 12, 2022 9:30 pm.

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Anthony Chiang covers the Miami Heat for the Miami Herald. He attended the University of Florida and was born and raised in Miami.

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