Most people didn’t expect the Miami Heat to reach the NBA Finals this year.
To be honest, most people did not expect the Heat to reach the second round of the playoffs this year.
But the Heat are about to return to the Finals on Thursday night, and that is a historic feat.
As noted by CBS Sports, they now have the most NBA Finals appearances since 2006.
The Heat have now been to the Finals seven times, surpassing the Golden State Warriors, who have been there six times, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have been there five times.
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The other teams on this short list are two of the most famous and iconic franchises in the modern era, so shouldn’t the Heat be considered one of the best teams of the 21st century?
Even if they don’t win this year’s finals, their turnaround after the season has been substantial and remarkable.
They finished the regular season as the No. 8 seed and most people thought they would be knocked out in the early rounds.
They are now only the second No. 8 seed to make it to the finals.
They are also the first play-in team to do so.
While all of these achievements mean a lot to the Heat, they will pale in comparison to winning a ring.
Head coach Erik Spoelstra has won two Finals and is eager to do it again with this roster.
As far as Jimmy Butler is concerned, he hasn’t won the finals yet and his time is starting to run out.
The Heat have already made NBA history with this Finals appearance, but they still don’t seem to be slowing down.
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