Rough last few seasons for Heat producing results

It's safe to say that as soon as LeBron James left the Miami Heat to go back home to Cleveland, the media, the fans, and the Basketball world at large wrote them off and relegated them to the post-LeBron James lottery land everyone expected them to fall to. Add to this the continued health problems of Chris Bosh that have essentially rendered him ineffective (and at times unable to even suit up and take the floor), it's a miracle in and of itself that the Heat have managed to make the Playoffs -- let alone actually compete.

With an impressive 30 points on 12 of 21 from the field, often inconsistent point guard Goran Dragic came up big in an elimination game yesterday that would have sent Miami home had they not come away with the win. Dwyane Wade, who has largely been the face of the Miami Heat franchise since being drafted in 2003 out of Marquette came up big with 22 points.

While both Kyle Lowry and DeRozan came up big for Toronto, it wasn't enough to put the game (and the series) away.

OKC and GS in Western Conference Finals

After what some would consider an unexpected upset series win over the San Antonio Spurs, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant get themselves ready to face their toughest challenge this season: the Golden State Warriors. With a healthy Stephen Curry, there's little doubt that Oklahoma City will have to pull out all the stops and get as much production as they can muster if they hope to give themselves a chance to compete in this series.

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Having 2 of the top 5 players in the league on their roster, the Thunder certainly give themselves that chance. However, even more so than this particular series, there's much more riding on this than victory or defeat. With Kevin Durant's upcoming free agency, it would be fair to say that however the Thunder perform in this series may largely influence Durant's decision of whether he remains in OKC or whether he takes his talent elsewhere.

Either way, it'll be an entertaining series, and certainly one to watch, as Game 1 kicks off Monday on TNT.

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