No worries for Heat about struggles vs. East elite

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No worries for Heat about struggles vs. East elite

TORONTO – LeBron James makes a valid point.

The Miami Heat have proven in year’s past the regular season means next to nothing long as they play well enough to make the playoffs.

They have been outplayed when it matters less only to adjust properly in the playoffs.

Appearing in the last two NBA Finals is proof of that.

So forgive James when he refuses to panic about the Heat’s subpar record against the elite teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat dropped to 3-5 versus the conference’s top five teams after Friday’s 13-point loss to the Indiana Pacers.

“We are 0-2 against New York, 3-0 against Brooklyn, 0-2 against the Pacers, 1-1 against Boston, 0-1 against Chicago, 0-1 against Milwaukee, or is it 1-1 against Milwaukee,” James said. “I don’t know, I don’t know.”

All three victories have come against the Brooklyn Nets, meaning the Heat are winless against the Pacers, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks. All are potential second-round opponents.

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By Shandel Richardson

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