August 19, 2022

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Heat make resounding opening playoff statement, crush Hawks, Trae Young 115-91 – The Denver Post

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This was what the Miami Heat needed when they needed it, Sunday’s 115-91 victory at FTX Arena.

Not to necessarily set a tone in this best-of-seven opening-round NBA playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.

Not to necessarily stomp on an opponent that had survived the play-in round just 39 hours earlier.

And not to necessarily validate the offseason makeover that brought in Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker among others.

But to simply remove the stench of being swept out of the playoffs in last season’s first round by the Milwaukee Bucks and remind again of the possibilities of a franchise that advanced to the 2020 NBA Finals.

And what the statement it was, never allowing Trae Young to find his way in a game effectively decided in the first half.

“They got swept here last year,”…

Tribune News Service

2022-04-17 14:24:09

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