Meaningful May in Miami Sports is Here
May is setting up to be a memorable month in Miami sports.
It’s an exciting time as May ushers in multiple post-season series for Miami sports fans.
This is a big week in South Florida sports, and we have you covered.
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Monday through Thursday, we will have all the Heat and Panthers home playoff games covered on site.
Saturday, are credentialed for F1 as well.
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The East in both the NBA and NHL runs through South Florida.
Hell, even the Marlins are giving us hope (for now).
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— David Fernandez (@ByDLFernandez) April 28, 2022
Not to mention a great end to the week with the Miami Grand Prix at Hard Rock Stadium.
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— Hitting The Apex (5RSN) (@F1_5Reasons) April 30, 2022
The Miami Heat and Florida Panthers will each be in the spotlight this week.
Starting Monday the Heat and Panthers alternate game nights, including four consecutive South Florida home contests.
These are two teams that are stylistically different yet similarly effective, these matchups offer something for everyone.
Heat match up with Sixers in East semifinals
The Heat begin the second round of the NBA Playoffs against a weakened Philadelphia 76ers squad.
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— Alejandro Villegas (5RSN) (@alejandrovg32) April 30, 2022
Without Embiid for the time being, this becomes a drastically different series.
Philadelphia will need more offense from James Harden, who averaged just 14 points-per-game versus Miami this season.
The Heat want teams to try and beat them from beyond the arc, and in this matchup Philadelphia will likely oblige.
That may not always work out for Miami as Philadelphia shot 40.8% from deep in the opening round.
The emergence of Tyrese Maxey has given the Sixers another option on the perimeter.
Maxey has played well in the playoffs and against Miami (21.3 PPG), how the Heat defend him could be a key to the series.
Is the the Panthers’ year?
Across the county line in Broward, the high-flying Florida Panthers open their post-season Tuesday against Washington.
Fresh off their first ever Presidents’ Trophy for the NHL’s best record, expectations are at an all-time high for the Panthers.
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The @FlaPanthers are your 2021-22 Presidents’ Trophy winners! pic.twitter.com/wSrDYc1h93
— NHL (@NHL) April 29, 2022
Unlike their colleagues on Biscayne, the Panthers are not terribly worried about defense.
The Panthers simply attack and overwhelm opposing teams with line after line of skill.
Barkov is on another level. #TimetoHunt@5thLine5R @5ReasonsSports pic.twitter.com/1fLzNDvVFv
— David Eversole (@DavidWEversole) April 17, 2022
Washington played the Panthers tough this year; each game was decided by a single goal with the Cats winning two out of three.
The status of Alex Ovechkin is something to watch as he missed the final three games of the regular season with an upper body injury.
Ovechkin has never missed a playoff game due to injury, and if he is close to healthy expect the NHL’s third all-time leading goal scorer to play.
The Panthers have two superstars in Sasha Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau, who just led the NHL in assists.
No team scored more goals or took more shots than the Panthers, with any semblance of goaltending the Cats should advance easily.
So relax, crack open a Biscayne Bay Brew, and enjoy this week for the ages Miami sports fans!
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