The Miami Heat are on the verge of reaching the NBA Finals, as they are leading 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals against Boston Celtics. This would mark Miami‘s second appearance in the finals since 2020.
Miami‘s journey in the post-season began in the play-in tournament, where they initially suffered a defeat against the Atlanta Hawks.
However, they bounced back with a remarkable comeback in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls, securing the eighth seed in the playoffs and they then made history as the first team from the play-in tournament to win a playoff series when they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks.
How many eighth seeds made it to the NBA Finals?
If the Heat manage to close out the series against Boston, they would become only the second eight seed in NBA history to reach the finals.
The first team to achieve this feat was the 1999 New York Knicks during a shortened season due to a player lockout, which resulted in teams playing only 50 regular-season games.
The Knicks upset the top-seeded Miami Heat in the first round but eventually lost to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals in five games.
The Miami Heat are making history
Miami‘s victory over the Bucks in this year’s playoffs marked only the sixth time in NBA history that an eighth seed eliminated a first seed and advanced past the first round.
Led by Jimmy Butler‘s exceptional performances, the Heat managed to overcome the formidable Milwaukee Bucks in five games.
Now, they’re looking to finish the job against the Boston Celtics, after losing the past two games.
“We’re always going to stay positive knowing that we can and we will win this series,” Butler said after the Game Five loss.
“We will just have to close it out at home.”