To put into context the challenge any team faces in a seven-game series, just take a gander at Miami's regular season results. The Heat lost just four times in their last 41 games dating back to Jan. 27 - with one of those losses coming without LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Any team that plans on knocking out the defending NBA champions must find a way to beat them four times in seven games. It would be a monumental feat for anyone in the Eastern Conference to prevent Miami from having a chance to defend its crown in the NBA Finals, and the Milwaukee Bucks just happen to be the first team to find out why.
In Game 1, the Bucks hung with the Heat for one half before things quickly got out of hand. Tuesday night it took less than three minutes for Miami to turn a close game into a rout. One stretch of sloppy play and lackadaisical effort on the defensive glass and the Bucks felt the wrath of a 12-0 Miami run. From there the Heat built a 19-point lead and cruised to a 98-86 victory.