Last year the Miami Heat could somewhat relax the days leading up to the NBA All-Star break.
They could breathe a little easier because they were among the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference. This year, it's a bit different.
The Heat are fighting to improve their seedings, so they can enter the break with better positioning for the remainder of the season. That's why this 11-game stretch that begins tonight against the Boston Celtics is so important.
They want to grab many wins as possible so they don't have to play catch-up in March and April.
"These are the wins where everybody is getting close to the All-Star break," Heat center Bam Adebayo said. "You have a lot of guys in the league that got fatigue on their mind. They're ready for that week off. For us, it's game by game. I feel like our locker room is built different. Everybody wants to go through before All-Star [break] and get all of these wins and just put us in a good position to start the second half of the season."
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