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Heat appear rested and ready – who are you picking?

Published: May 6, 2014, 5:14 pm, by Matt Wiley

A lot of colleges are predicting the Heat/Nets series will go the distance because Brooklyn went 4-0 against the Heat in the regular season.

I don’t share this opinion – and I am not a Heat fan (I don’t dislike the Heat either).

Dwyane Wade and the Heat are poised for another run to the Eastern Conference finals (Photo by The Associated Press).

Dwyane Wade and the Heat are poised for another run to the Eastern Conference finals (Photo by The Associated Press).

The last time Dwyane Wade played more than 35 minutes in a game was March 14 against Denver. Tuesday will mark the 13th game Wade has played in 53 days. He is rested and the Nets don’t have anyone who can cover him. This series won’t be close.

Who didn’t see this coming?

I was surprised with the reaction to Mark Jackson’s firing on Twitter. Many were surprised that the Warriors let the coach go. Why? Jackson was reportedly interested in the Nets and Clippers openings last offseason after Golden State advanced to the second round of the playoffs, and this year the Knicks and Lakers have coaching openings.  Do unto others before they do unto you. Jackson could be a great coach for many years – but this clearly wasn’t a basketball move. Why be loyal to a coach who isn’t loyal to your franchise?

Playoff predictions

I’ve got the Heat in 5, Wizards in 6, Clippers in 6, Spurs in 7 … who are you picking? (To comment – click on the headline of this blog).

@MWCoyote – We are having a chat tomorrow at noon on gazette.com. Please stop by to talk sports if you are free.