In doing so, Miami has got many observers to believe its chances of reaching the NBA Finals.
However, former Boston Celtics star Paul Pearce is not one of them. He feels that the Heat has not yet been “tested”.
Paul Pearce announced on ESPN that the Heat had not been tested in the playoffs and would not make it to the NBA Finals, apparently unaware that they eliminated a number one seed who was 52-8 at one time.
– Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 10, 2020
Such a statement from Pearce seems odd, as Buck finished with the best record in the NBA run by GBAnis Antetokounmpo, Defensive Player of the Year and presumed MVP.
Entetoconampo sprained his ankle in Game 3, brought it back in Game 4 and missed Game 5, but the Heat had already clearly proved that they were the better team.
Miami overcame a double-digit deficit to claim Game 1, then win a nail-beater in Game 2 to win the series 2–0.
Perhaps Pearce is trying to stick to his old team, as the Celtics will face Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals if they win Game 7 against the Toronto Raptors on Friday.