Originally written November 16, 2011 on Sun Sentinel:
(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 Wednesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Boston Celtics at 8 p.m., in a game that had been scheduled to be televised nationally on ESPN. The expected hype: If you recall, when the NBA cancelled the first two weeks of the season during the earlier stages of the lockout, this stood as a potential season-opener not only for the Heat but for the league. Perhaps the top active rivalry in the Eastern Conference, the Heat lost the first three games of last season’s four-game series, before winning the series finale in April to secure the No. 2 Eastern Conference playoff seed ahead of the Celtics. Prior to that victory, the Heat had lost eight consecutive regular-season games to the Celtics, as well as 1...
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