During last night’s game against the Utah Jazz, both Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade only played the first three quarters. Were they injured? No. They were actually benched. Two of the the Miami Heat’s ‘Big 3’ stars were benched for their poor performance in the game. The Heat look to be in a pretty bad funk, but can the defending NBA Champions bounce back?
Of course they can. There is absolutely no reason for this team to panic. One big advantage they have right now is that they play in the Eastern Conference which has significantly less talented teams than the Western Conference. If they were playing in the West, then they would be competing to stay afloat with the Thunder, Clippers, Warriors, and Grizzlies. However, this team is stocked with talent and they know what it takes to get to the Finals and walk away with the trophy. This team just needs to get through this month and stay at a winning pace until April when they start picking it up again. This team will make the playoffs and in my opinion will be playing in the Easter Conference finals.
People have called him all types of names, but in 2012 you have to add NBA champion to it. Lebron James has long been considered one of the greatest players ever to grace the NBA. He has won many awards including regular season MVP and the scoring title however, a championship had always eluded him. Finally, in his second year as a member of the Miami Heat, he got his title. He and his teammates beat the Oklahoma City Thunder four games to one. He finally showed critics that he was not the choke artist that everyone had made him out to be, even though people still had their opinions. People can say that he could have never won it without an amazing support cast, but who cares? He still won it and he is still the 2012 Finals MVP. So in 2012, James quieted the world with their doubts and then went out to represent our great country in the London Olympics where he brought home the gold! It was definitely a good year to be Lebron, but the many is making boat loads of money so when is it ever bad to be Lebron James?
Did he just jump over somebody? Yes, Lebron James just jumped over an actual person, John Lucas, for a monster dunk. This might not be a memorable moment for people who wanted the Chicago Bulls to win, but it was for the world of basketball. Everyone knows how freakishly talented Lebron James is. However, in that moment he did something that put him above everyone else in his generation of basketball. If you don’t believe me just watch the video and tell me he is not one of the best ever. Now if only we could get him to do the dunk contest maybe more people would actually watch NBA All Star weekend.
The Miami Heat look to get some revenge on the hottest team in the NBA tonight. The Knicks come into South Beach tonight and Lebron James and company wants to show them they run the Eastern Division. On opening night at Madison Square Garden, the defending champions lost by twenty points. The Knicks look to show they are real contenders, but might have to do it without their MVP Carmelo Anthony who suffered a hand injury last night. Anthony suffered a deep cut on his middle finger and will be a game-time decision. Even if Carmelo plays tonight, he will not be at 100% and even if he is, I am picking the Heat to win at home. There is no way Lebron will be embarrassed twice in such a short period of time by the same team. So, New York or Miami, who you takin?
The Big 3 in Boston is officially over. After much speculation, it was announced that Ray Allen is going to take his talents to South Beach. He agreed to a deal in which he will join former foes Dwayne Wade and Lebron James on the Miami Heat. This is a terrible move, but I am a bitter Celtics fan. He will never get the same love as he did in Boston. He will always be behind the “Miami 3” so Ray I know you will regret this decision, and prepared to have a lot of haters suddenly. For once, I wish a player thought about money over winning. Allen is probably going to receive about a 3 million dollar deal. Boston offered him almost double. So, I guess it is a nice break between having to hear about the Brooklyn Nets and Dwight Howard?
Congrats to the Miami Heat for winning Game 3 last night of the NBA Finals to take a 2-1 lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, the entire series has been overshadowed by a single line. Lebron James’ hairline to be exact. This is an old issue that I always felt I should never comment on, but it seems like everyone else has. Lebron please take a woman’s advice and just shave your whole head. Commentators will stop putting towels on their heads to mock you and fans will go back to watching you for the talent that you truly are. Michael pulled off the bald look perfectly so if you want to be the greatest, maybe you should look into new hair solutions that do not include plugs or Sharpie markers.
Another round of NBA playoffs are over, finally. It feels like the playoffs are just as long as this year’s shortened NBA season. The final Western matchup is set to take place tonight pairing the high-flying Oklahoma City Thunder against the veteran San Antonio Spurs. Monday will bring the top two East teams together.
Boston Celtics- This series felt like it was never going to end. One day it seemed that Boston was flexing their muscles and then in the next game, the Philadelphia Sixers came back and showed why they deserved to be considered contenders. Even in the games this topsy, turvy style was shown. The Celtics would start off dominant and then fall asleep in the second and third quarter. If they expect to go to the Finals, there is no way that style of play will get them anywhere. They need Rondo to play as well as he did yesterday or else they can basically pick the island where they will be watching the NBA finals from. Rondo had a sluggish Game 6 picked up for Paul Pierce when he fouled out in the fourth ending the night with a triple double. The Celtics will have to pick up for others including Ray Allen who could not get a shot to drop last night until the fourth quarter when he knocked down back to back threes. The Celtics got lucky that Philadelphia could not get a shot to go in either, but they should not expect that from the reigning MVP Lebron James and the Miami Heat.
Miami Heat- The Heat vs. Pacers series was definitely way more exciting than most had expected. This was a dirty, gritty series where no one was playing fair. Half of Miami barely even needed to show up since no one was contributing except the two mega-stars, Lebron James and Dwayne Wade. The Big 3 was down to the Big 2 when Chris Bosh could not pay due to an abdominal strain. They sure could have used him in this series. Bosh looked more like the current MVP with Miami getting blown out in one of the games. It appears that Bosh will also be out in this series. That is a huge blow for this team who is all banged up. Luckily, they were able to get more rest than the Celtics which could make quite the difference in Game 1 to set the tone. However, James and Wade will have to keep putting on a show for fans [or non fans alike] to make up for the loss of Bosh and no productivity for anyone else. It almost makes you feel bad for the two superstars that it is all on them and that when Wade had the worst game of his career no one could step up to the plate. Isn’t that your job has a professional? How do you not at least to step up and be the hero? The only production they got was when both Haslem and Pittman received suspensions for their unnecessary hits to some of the Pacers players.
So who has the advantage on Game 1? Well I am inclined to say Miami because they have had more time to rest and they are playing at home. The Celtics are also banged up and are exhausted after a taxing series with the 76ers.