(As the NBA remains shuttered, only now are the actual losses of games becoming real. To that end, we will offer a look on each scheduled game day of what would have been in play for the Miami Heat had they actually been playing.)
The schedule: The Heat were scheduled to play Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 p.m.
The expected hype: Since falling to the Hawks in seven games in the first round of the 2009 playoffs, the Heat have won six of the last eight matchups, including three of the four meetings at AmericanAirlines Arena. In many ways the Hawks have become somewhat of a stagnant product, weighed down by the contracts of Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Marvin Williams. With the Heat’s presence of the Big Three and with Dwight Howard in Orlando, at least for now, the Hawks set up as a team with no better than a third-place fate in the Southeast Division.
The expected result: While Thanksgiving week might have propped up the crowd, this one would be ...