Okay so while most people have anointed the Miami Heat the eventual NBA champs in this lockout shortened season of 2011-2012 I beg to differ. Nope I’m going a different route. I’m going to just come clean and say it yup “I’m a hater“. Not a hater in the traditional sense where a person is just jealous of something or someone else without having any knowledge to what it is they’re hating on. I can safely say I know enough about basketball to have my opinions taken serious.
I get it, it’s because the Heat has maybe 2 of the top 5 players in the game today and another who depending on who you ask is a top 20 player in his own right. That’s impressive but I don’t want to focus on that lets set our sights on the unseen. Their hideous bench and their Close game/end of game execution or lack thereof.
Most people have selective memory when it comes to Miami. All they seem to remember is all of the highlight dunks, blowout victories & brash attitude about their position in the NBA hierarchy. Less we forget Chicago, San Antonio & Oklahoma City all had better records. Why is everyone so anxious to crown them champs? Their bench contains the likes of Juwan Howard (washed up), Norris Cole (solid player), Ronny turiaf (Great energy but no offense), James Jones (Spot up 3 pt shooter), Joel Anthony (Goon No offense whatsoever but good rebounder), & Eddy Curry (Yeah that Eddy Curry). I don’t care how good your starting 5 is this bench will not get it done. Lebron James is a tremendous player probably the best player in the game but he is not clutch. When the game is on the line he likes to pass, not exactly what you want out of your star player. So they call plays for Wade who can not shoot so the defense already knows that he’s going to drive to the basket. This is not to say Wade isn’t clutch because he certainly is. However, Neither him or LeBron put any fear in your heart when it comes to a perimeter game.
When the game is on the line LeBron will pass the ball if he feels he can’t get to the basket. Which is crazy cause he can get to the rim whenever he wants he’s just that explosive as a player. It’s no wonder the heat do not perform well in close game situations, their 2 best players are below average shooters. I’m rooting for whoever the Heat play against, even the teams who i hate such as Indiana & Boston. It’s no coincidence that the 2 close games Miami played they lost. That’s the blueprint for victory against this team.
They’re so top heavy in the talent dept. that they win most of their games going away just off of sheer talent and basketball skill. However when it comes to playing close games and they then have to think about their next move they flounder. The Miami Heat will not win the championship this year if the teams they play don’t play scared and keep the games close (easier said than done).
I predict they will lose to in the Conf. Finals to Boston in 6 games but i’m hoping Indiana finishes them off. So the curse of Dan Gilbert lives on. So there you have that’s how i ( a Bitter Knicks fan) feel call me a hater but the bottom line is please let them win first before we anoint them champs! gotta win 1 before you can win “not 4 not 5 not 6!”