Heat's Biggest Game Always Next One

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Give me May madness over the March variety. Give me the undulating drama of an NBA seven-game playoff series like Heat-Bulls over the won-or-done format of the NCAA Tournament.

College basketball rewards inferior teams that got lucky on a given night.

The pros have a better gatekeeper. Lucky teams don’t get through. The better team does, almost always, earning advancement over a two-week grind in which every result refits the series in a whole new context.

“Absolutely no time to exhale,” as Heat coach Erik Spoelstra put it Monday.

The most important game in a seven-game series is always the next one.

And so it is for the Heat, now, Tuesday night here in Game4.

Miami’s 2-1 series lead is so precarious, so fragile. It seemed bigger...

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