even if they did make it...look at last year harden was the difference maker...and helped okc get through the playoffs and helped somewhat in the finals...and memphis was already a top 5 defensive team...with little to no offense. so to give up arguable the only player that can create offense for themselves and others...just to beef up defense that was top five made absolutely no since. Yea it works in the season cause you face a team once or twice and isnt even consecutive...so you can win with being a dominant defense because a team doesnt face you regular or have the time to devote/find weaknesses in your game. But in a series such as this one where games are consecutively played and adjustments etc...are being made not having an offense or alternatives to use or a counter punch if you will...will easily get exposed.
if somehow memphis wins the series...i honesty dont think they could win a single game versus miami....What i mean by this is that i dont think it would be 4-0, but i do think it would be more of miami losing a game/games by injuries/not playing miami ball...having an off night etc...rather then them just flat out winning a game against them.
Miami's weakness is strong inside-out play and their strength is perimeter defense. Memphis is built to beat Miami. Rudy Gay wouldn't have given them anything against the Heat.
Them losing a theoretical series to Miami isn't predicated on anything they lost by trading Gay.
Oklahoma City is a different story.