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Miami Heat Complete Sweep of Charlotte Bobcats

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LeBron James was brilliant as the Heat become the only playoff team to sweep its series.

Miami Heat Complete Sweep of Charlotte Bobcats

There is a lot going on in the NBA right now, but that doesn't mean we should neglect discussing what the Miami Heat did to the Charlotte Bobcats in the First Round of the NBA Playoffs. The Heat were the only team to sweep their opening series, taking out the Bobcats last night with a 109-98 win.  

LeBron James led the way with 31 points, seven rebounds and nine assists, and those nearly mirrored his averages over the course of his four games. James put up a ridiculous line of 30-8-6 on 56% shooting. Tat's pretty much in line with his regular season averages, too, but it's certainly more pronounced when he continues to do it in the postseason and make it look so effortless.

James's excellence is just one part of Miami's success. The team as a whole played incredible basketball over the course of the first round. Dwayne Wade averaged 17.5 points on nearly 50% from the field. Chris Bosh averaged 14.5 points and 5.3 rebounds on over 51% shooting. And outside the Big Three, the Heat as a team had an incredibly well-rounded effort on both ends of the court.

As a team, the Heat shot 47.7% from the field, second only to the San Antonio Spurs. They lead playoff teams in three-point shooting with a mark of 43.2% from deep. On the defensive side, they are giving up just 92 points a game. The team has a ridiculous 2.0 assist/turnover ratio. They have the highest PPS (points per shot) differential of any playoff team at +12, showing just how efficient they are at scoring this postseason. Coach Eric Spoelstra has shortened the lineup considerably, playing just seven guys over 20 minutes a game. This team is running so smoothly right now, and the rhythm they are in on both ends of the floor is pretty incredible.

A lot of credit has to go to the Charlotte Bobcats. They didn't just act as floor mats. The Bobcats played hard and really competed throughout the whole series. They nearly stole one from Miami at American Airlines Arena, losing by just four points. Had Al Jefferson been healthy, Charlotte might have easily been able to take a game from the Heat, but Miami's talent and experience were just overwhelming. A win would have been nice, but Charlotte took nice strides even without a victory.

Miami now will be able to rest up even more. Their next opponent is the winner of the Brooklyn Nets/Toronto Raptors series, and the teams are currently tied at two games apiece. The only team that I feel has a reasonable chance against the Heat in the Eastern Conference, the Nets, might not even make it out of the first round. Things are set up quite nicely for Miami, especially with the way they have been playing. It looks like a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals is in the cards for the Heat.

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