It’s inexplicable, but there were “experts” and analysts that picked the Heat-Nets series to go 7 games. Some of them even said they were actually tempted to take the Nets in 7.
Apparently the 44-win Nets were supposed to be a “tough matchup” for Miami…
…in the 2nd round
…14th ranked offense
…19th ranked defense
…-1.0 point differential (!!!!)
…a tough matchup
You’d think the 2x defending champs, with the greatest player in the world, at the peak of his powers – who you could even argue is the greatest player of all time without people thinking you’re completely crazy – would get a little more of the benefit of the doubt.
Not in this lifetime.