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Heat take care of business, sweep Bucks out of playoffs 88-77

Apr 28, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

Miami Heat's Allen and James slap hands during the second half of Game 4 of their NBA first round playoff series in Milwaukee Reuters

This is what we all expected — a four-game sweep by a Heat team that was just vastly superior to a Bucks team that on top of everything else stumbled into the playoffs.

Four games, all decided by double digits and never in doubt at the end, and that continued Sunday with the Heat knocking off the Bucks 88-77.

With the win the Heat sweep 4-0 and now get almost a week off. They will face the winner of the Bulls vs. Nets (Chicago leads series 3-1) but the earliest the second round series will start is next Saturday.

That week off could help Dwyane Wade, who is still battling a bruised knee. He warmed up for 20 minutes before Game 4 but never played in the game. Ray Allen started for him, scored 16 points on 10 shots, spaced the floor and generally played well.

Regardless of who suited up for Miami, this game followed the pattern of the first three. The Bucks played hard in this series and they were not going to roll over, they fought hard in this game. Their problem was they had no margin for error against the Heat and they kept making mistakes, and turning the ball over.

The game was 69-67 Miami when Monta Ellis missed the and-one free throw to make it a one point game. Then next time down the Bucks forced a miss and Mike Dunleavy pulled down the rebound, but Mario Chalmers stripped him and a couple passes later it became an Allen three. Next trip down Chalmers hit a three of his own and the Heat were off on a 17-3 run that decided the game.

This felt like a lot of other games where the Heat were without Wade this year — LeBron James had 30 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and was the best player on the floor. Udonis Haslem stepped up with 13 points overall, 9 in the third quarter.

The Bucks have a lot of questions to answer this summer. It starts with whether or not they bring interim coach Jim Boylan back (don’t bet on it). Then they face both Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick as unrestricted free agents, and Brandon Jennings as a restricted free agent.

The Bucks are on vacation now and when they come back from it in October they will be a very different team.

The Heat get a week’s vacation before they get back to the work of defending their title.

  1. miamatt - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Professional.

    Also, this was the most regular-season like playoff series I can remember. Never in doubt.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Four

    Gotta play better though.

  3. miamatt - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Mike Miller started in Wade’s place, not Ray Allen.

    • andrewproughcfe - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:34 AM

      The Dwayne Wade playoff injuries begin again. By the Eastern Conference finals he’ll be on a half a leg, and wearing that big harness to keep his shoulder from popping out.

      • miamatt - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        And getting sized up for that 3rd championship ring.

  4. patfic15 - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    The weakest 8th seed in recent memory. Might as well have been a first round bye. Bucks knew they didn’t stand a chance….regardless of what they may say. Hopefully Rd 2 provides more competition but in the East I doubt it. Won’t get good until the CF.

    • eboneseagles - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      I think the bulls will give them a fight, but the heat should win in 6.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:48 AM

      This Bucks team was better than the remnants of what used to be the Boston Celtics that’s on the floor against the Knicks. Come to think of it, the Bulls are better than the Pacers too.

      Gee, guess the 2nd seed got the easier road than the 1st seed.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:40 AM

        That being said, the Milwaukee fan made things very comfy for the Heat. The Boston fans would never lay down like that, and they did their part yesterday against NY. The Heat have played and thrived in some extremely difficult environments these past 34 months, but these past two games in Milwaukee weren’t that.

        This won’t happen in Chicago, NY, or Indy.

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM

        Your an idiot. Milwaukee shouldn’t have even made the playoffs. I’d take Pierce, Garnett & Terry over anyone on the Bucks. Face it, your nervous & already starting up the excuse machine.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        I’d take Pierce. Other than that, Sanders, Mboute, Ellis, Dunleavy, & Reddick are better than what’s left of the rest of the Celtics.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        That Irslalov guy is good too. The Bucks have (had) a talented team. No way they go down like that if Skiles was still the coach. The Celtics have a very limited team but they have experience, coaching, and a great crowd. Milwaukee had none of those.

      • powerpc20 - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        Oh man, I don’t want to be the grammar/spelling nazi, but Canton, nothing is easier to rip on than someone saying “Your an idiot.” You are an idiot, Mr. President. And what is it about “his nervous” vs. yours? Please tell me you did that on purpose…. Your comments get on many of the posters here but you usually don’t make mistakes like that… please tell me you are drunk or something…

  5. supremekingz - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Bucks in 6! No? Oh we’ll both teams played hard

  6. phipfwe76 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Bucks in 9.

  7. brianjoates - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Fo,fo,fo,fo

  8. 91devinhester23 - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    hooray for overdogs. whoo. go heat you the best.

  9. jimeejohnson - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    People have to remember the Heat had the easiest first round series by virtue of their having the best regular season record, by far, in their conference. The west is best will be the real test for the Miami Heat.

  10. progress2011 - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    It is a true pleasure to watch this team play “FUNDAMENTAL” basketball.

    No One-Guy playing Hero Ball to glorify his individual performance/ stats or chase individual records.

    Ball Movement/ making the right pass, at the right time to get the best shot….Then play hard defense to prevent the opponent from doing the same!!!

    That’s “FUNDAMENTAL” basketball…..It’s beautiful to watch

    Thanks Heat

  11. loungefly74 - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    the heat are a freight train…watch out!

  12. 13arod - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    did you guys now that in 2010 -2012 the bucks had a good record v.s the heat so i thought the bucks would put up more of a fight oh well

    • nobandwagonridersallowed - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      @ 13arod… Yeah, but the regular season and the playoffs are a completely different animal. Any team can get up to play the Miami Heat during the regular season, but put those same average teams against the Heat in an actual playoff series where they can clearly focus on one thing; that’s where you get to really see the difference in depth, talent and seasoned vets that are used to those moments.

  13. saint1997 - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    Monty Elly have it all

  14. dexterismyhero - Apr 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Brandon Jennings had a god awful suit on yesterday. WTF!!!

  15. keithrob - Apr 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Reblogged this on keithrob and commented:
    This was a great series that our Miami Heat has taken over. We’ll be ready to play the Bulls or the Nets whenever they are prepared. Good Luck to Lebron Wade and Chalmers, Keep up the good work Miami Heat.

  16. southbeachtalent - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Spo didn’t even use his playoff rotation and now Wade gets a week off. Couldn’t have gone smoother.

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