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Heat to face Bucks in first round of the playoffs

Apr 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

Milwaukee Bucks' Jennings looks in as Miami Heat's James tries to avoid Bucks' Moute in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

Even with only two or three games left in the regular season, most first round playoff matchups remain unconfirmed, and are likely to be in flux until the final standings have been cemented.

Thanks to a combination of events on Saturday, we know of at least one playoff series that is officially set: The Miami Heat will open their quest to win a second straight title with a first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Celtics clinched the seventh seed with a win in Orlando on Saturday, and that, coupled with a Milwaukee loss to the Bobcats, locked in the Bucks’ first round date against the Heat.

Milwaukee has actually beaten Miami once this season, and pushed the Heat to overtime in Miami back in November. But the teams have been trending in very different directions as of late, with the Heat going a ridiculous 34-2 since Feb. 3, while the Bucks have won just three of their last 14 games.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    When Skiles was the coach, the Bucks always gave the Heat trouble and frequently won.Since they fired him, not so much.

    • spthegr8 - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Well R.I.P peace too the Bucks 2012-2013 season. Cuz they don’t have a snowballs chance in HELL of beating the Heat. Might as well start planning vacations trips!! It’s a WRAP!!!!!

  2. g211xx - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Haha … Sorry Bucks Neeeeexxt!

  3. namaths5thofwhiskey - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Can it be any easier? Smh. East is so weak that the 8th seed was decided almost months ago.

  4. dls612 - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Miami handle it !!!! Don’t play around and don’t take the bucks likely!

  5. turnmymicup - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Good matchup to get some momentum heading deeper into the Playoffs. Time to get those bench players some extra minutes. No need to get the big three too banged up for the Bucks. Nothing personal Milwaukee strictly business. LETS GO HEAT!

  6. patfic15 - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    In other words…SWEEP.

  7. soflasfinest - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM


  8. jr420eightball - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Bucks have the advantage. Heat are looking past them & getting prepared for Round 2. Love it!!

    GO BUCKS!!

    • dls612 - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Put on your Milwaukee Bucks antlers and see what happens! Go Heat!

  9. mrlitl - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Bucks have the advantage?

    Dude get real. And I loathe the Heat.

    • eventhorizon04 - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      The Bucks are coming off a loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

      Not sure if that’s what I’d call, “Positive momentum leading into the playoffs.”

  10. atvrdr450 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I live in Milwaukee and its sad how many people actually think the bucks stand a chance, people need to wake up and realize they should be happy if the bucks even win one game in the series.

  11. DonRSD - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    16-0 for the playoffs :)

  12. cantonbound13 - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Go Bucks!

  13. eboneseagles - Apr 14, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    This will be a bloodbath lol. I bet the fighting clowns could beat the bucks tbh. Ima knicks fan btw, just so you people don’t say I’m a biased bandwagoning fool.

  14. Little Earthquake - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Well I am a Bucks fan but I’m hoping for a clean Miami sweep….anything to end this miserable season, turn the roster over, and find a good coach. Go ahead….prove me wrong, boys.

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