More than up to their initial test during these NBA playoffs, the next challenge for the Miami Heat will be trying to beat the best.
With the Milwaukee Bucks’ 118-104 victory Saturday over the Orlando Magic at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex, the Heat now have their opponent for their first second-round series in four years.
Heat-Bucks opens Monday, to continue on Wednesday and then every other day going forward. The winner of that best-of-seven series faces the winner of the Boston Celtics-Toronto Raptors series in the Eastern Conference finals.
In the Bucks, the Heat get the team that closed the regular season a league-best 56-17, features the newly crowned NBA Defensive Player of the Year, in Giannis Antetokounmpo, and also the presumptive 2020 NBA Most Valuable Player, with Antetokounmpo all but a lock for that honor.