Friday, May 27, 2011
Miami Heat: Get Used To It
Let me start my Finals preview blog by saying that there could be some truth to the rumor that I'm secretly hoping the actual rapture occurs before game 4 so neither of these teams wins the title. Honestly, Dallas is the one team that could make me root for Lebron, Bosh, and the Heat to win it all. However, I am a HUGE fan of the game of basketball. I have spent 1,000's of hours playing, watching, and coaching the game, and I can appreciate individuals who are exceptionally great. This series should be a lot of fun. Three of the NBA's top 5 offensive players will be in this series. Lebron may go down as one of the 3 greatest of all time. Although Scottie Pippen saying LBJ COULD be the best player ever is a little like french fries announcing that mustard COULD be the greatest condiment ever invented. Sorry Scottie, but without MJ's fancy ketchup you would just be a soggy afterthought. As for this talk of Dirk being one of the 10 best players of all-time, or comparing him to Larry Bird? Please, not since Hitler has a German been able to improperly sway so many minds as Dirk apparently has. Let's just sit back and enjoy Nowitzki for being one of the most uniquely talented basketball players ever. NEVER has a 7-footer possessed the offensive skills of Dirk. He is impossible to stop on the offensive end of the floor, and he is automatic from the free throw line. However, he is not very good defensively, he is not an exceptional passer, and he has never won a ring in his lengthy career. Amazing player, but I could rattle off 20 names who were better all around players off the top of my head, and two of them play on the Heat. The thing I am most looking forward to watching in this series is how both teams close out. Obviously the Mavericks and the Heat looked great at the end of their Conference Championship games, but some of that was due to the inexperience of OKC and the Bulls. I haven't seen a team choke at the end of games as badly as those two did since.......every night I decide to turn the Astros on. I would give the closer nod to the Heat. Lebron has been amazing at the end of games. Nobody on the Mavs, or the planet for that matter can guard him. On the other hand as great as Dirk has been, I see Lebron switching onto him late in games much like he did with Rose last series. Lebron can make it difficult for Dirk. Dirk couldn't guard Lebron if he was 8 feet tall and had 6 extra arms. The Mavericks biggest advantage is obviously their bench. The crew of Barrea, Terry, Haywood, and Stojakavic needs to outplay the Heat bench by a wide margin. I think this will happen at least twice and allow the Mavericks to make a series out of this thing. However, if Udonis Haslem continues to gain momentum and Mike Miller finds his jump shot this could be a very short series. Let's be honest Dirk, Kidd, and Cuban have a lot more pressure to win than the Heat. Barring major injuries the Heat are going to be back in the Finals SEVERAL more times. Dallas may have one shot at this thing. With that being said I think the Heat are focused and as much as some of you may hate to hear it, they might be poised to rattle off 3, 4, 5, or more titles. Get used to the Heat because you are going to be seeing them a lot this time of the year. Prediction: Heat in 6.