A: It’s like it’s so easy to chart such a course. You have to get in first. And the easiest way to get in is to grab the top six holders, to avoid a play-in round, where two defeats could end the season for you. But you are reasonable in your summing up of the East. At the moment, it doesn’t seem like the Heat, with their limited foul, has enough to compete with the Brooklyn team with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. There could also be doubts if this Joel Embiid is the Joel Embiid that the 76ers have in the playoffs. By the way, from the Bucks through the Celtics to the Raptors to the Pacers, Heat has shown the ability to compete. But that hardly guarantees a path to the Eastern Conference finals. Currently, the reality is that several teams in the East are playing better than the Heat, offline. But it certainly goes according to what we saw last season. That’s what makes Wednesday against the visiting Raptors so significant.