Is Heat waking up to a new Eastern reality? – Boston Herald

Q: OK Ira, how did the design change the East? – Geoff.

A: Unless a playoff team is trading to the top of the roster, design rarely changes a conference playoff race. I would expect that to be the case again. Yes, the Magic made an intriguing roster with Paolo Banchero, Detroit got significant talent with Jaden Ivey and even John Duren, Indiana should take advantage of Bennedict Mathurin. From there not necessarily sold by the fit with Johnny Davis with the Wizards or the Knicks’ machinations. Yes, the Knicks may be maximizing the free agency space they have created, but that will be more of a free agency factor. As for the design, even with the number 1 pick, it constantly seems like the Magic is a year away from a year away. For now, in some order, it’s still Boston, Miami, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and maybe what’s left of Brooklyn.

Q: Ira, why waste our time with Kyrie Irving? He’s not a Pat Riley player. -Adam,

A: I’m not sure if someone is really a Pat Riley player until they become a Pat Riley player. And even then, you’re not always so sure. Anthony Mason was not a Pat Riley player in New York when Riley suspended him. But then Mason turned very much into a Riley player with the Heat. Again, there’s plenty to be gained from Kyrie Irving’s contract solution, with Kyrie never easy.

Q: For the last three years, the teams (Lakers, Bucks and Celtics) that beat the Heat in the playoffs have all put pressure on the Heat by playing big. Injuries aside, should the Heat be playing bigger or at least have a lineup that can match teams of height and size? – Stuart.

A: I’m not sure that’s generalized too much, given that Bam Adebayo missed time in the 2020 NBA Finals against the Lakers and the Heat may have been a single shot away from passing the Celtics. Round one through the Bucks in 2021 was the series where it really stood out. You play with the strengths of your selection. So now the Heat must decide if Omer Yurtseven is a strength of their roster.

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