Miami star Jimmy Butler says the Heat are simply focusing on their first round playoff opponents Atlanta Hawks ahead of the series opener on Sunday.
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The Heat claimed the top seed in the Eastern Conference to set up a meeting with their Southeast Division rivals, with the Hawks securing the eighth seed after play-in wins over Charlotte Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Last season, Miami were swept in the first round by eventual champions Milwaukee Bucks, while Atlanta went on to reach the conference finals, but Butler says his team don't need to look back to last year for any additional motivation.
"We don't get too caught up in the past. We don't get too caught up in the future either," said Butler, via the Miami Herald. "We know our goal is to win 16 games [to win the championship]. But we got to get through the first one first and then the second one, all the way down the line. So last year, two years, three years ago, that's nothing. We're locked in on right now."
Miami are expected to have starters Bam Adebayo and P.J. Tucker available and it is thought they will have their entire roster fit for Sunday's Game 1, despite having a few players officially listed as questionable.
Atlanta forward John Collins is likely to be back after over a month on the sidelines but starting center Clint Capela is out after injuring his knee in the play-in win over the Cavs. Capela will be re-evaluated in a week and could miss the entire series against Miami.