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Miami Heat Problems Are Clear Cut

The Miami Heat, have two of the leagues hottest stars in Dwayne Wade and LeBron James (season’s MVP) and a solid number 2 guy on any other team, Chris Bosh. And yet for the second straight year, after being up 2-0 in a series, the once ‘OmgJamesWade&BoshAreGonnaBeUnstoppable’ team are on the verge of elimination dropping 4 straight for the second time (the first, being against the Dallas Mavericks in last year’s NBA Finals). WHYY!?!

Many people speculate, but I have the answer!! (or atleast I think I do..)

There’s Always Something Funny..

The Heat’s problems are clear, cut and 3-fold..
Here’s what I’ve come up with:

1. What is SOO funny??

This is such a mind blowing thing to me. When playing basketball, soccer or hockey out on your local court, field or ice rink, caught in a highly competitive game, but for some reason or another, your down, losing or have lost..

… would you be laughing??

I don’t know if there’s a clown in the stands juggling hoola-hoops or if they’ve got Russell Peters on the announcers mic doing jokes, but if it were you or me fighting for our legacies on the NBA Playoff stage, I can’t see a single reason for a grin without a win.

The Spurs, Thunder and Celtics have shown that locked-in mental focus thus far and they are proving why hard work and passion can possibly override talent.

2. Big Time Egos NEED Big Time Coaches

Coach Erik Spoelstra isn’t the worst coach in the world. There are many young teams in the NBA who could use an inexperienced coach to grow together, but he could possibly the worst coach for this organization and this situation.

How could one expect three players with egos as big as their multi-million dollar bank accounts, to listen to, abide by or respect a coach who has thus far individually accomplished nothing significant in the NBA. Sitting along side Pat Riley and the Miami Heat in the 2006 NBA Finals is one thing, doing it yourself is another… especially when you have LeBron James.

LeBron needs what very few coaches provide, guidance and authority over superstar players. Doc Rivers has it, Greg Popovich has it, George Karl and Phil Jackson had it. Not to say that Erik Spoelstra may not earn it eventually, but talk about an uphill battle, this is it.

3. Leave the Showmanship to the Announcers:

LeBron, Wade and Bosh need to stop worrying about their appearance, the way they look or are perceived and just play hard fought basketball. No need for ‘Flash’, ‘The Chosen One’ or ‘Side Show Bosh’, the only thing welcome at this point is toughness and confidence, the rest of the cast will follow suit.

GO MIAMI HEAT!
I have nothing against the Heat, I’m not one of those! I don’t hate LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, in fact, I wish they would succeed together. I just wish this message could be delivered to them with the best of intentions. They may win a championship based on talent, but a DYNASTY is built by so much more.

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Questionable Moves?

So the Boston Celtics are the first team to move on to the Second Round and I admit, I had no idea it would happen this quickly.

The combination of underestimating the Celtics (again) and the false hope that Carmelo Anthony or Amare Stoudamire may actually put forth a decent effort, ended the most highly anticipated first round match-up much too early.

Consequently, the New York Knicks were swept by the Celtics.

The worst part of all this, is that the Knicks were virtually blown out in their home losses, and seeming lacked effort, despite coming close to winning both games on the road in Boston.

And here come the questions. . .

Did the Knicks make the right move in acquiring Anthony?
I still think they made the right move, a talent like Anthony’s is hard to come by, but if they can just find a way to keep this guy motivated and focused.

Will Coach Mike D’Antoni’s system ever work?
No, No and a million times, NO! Basketball is about defense just as much as it is about offensive. Neither is better, neither is more important, both must be applied, practiced and perfected. D’Antoni needs to change his approach or find something else to do, because his system is ineffective against the best teams.

What changes do they have to make?
The Knicks must add veteran leadership that players of Melo and Stoudamire’s caliber will respect and follow. Not necessarily a star, just one whose play and achievements demand your effort and dedication. (Jason Kidd, Steve Nash… etc)

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Dissecting the Eastern Conference (I)

For the first time in many years, the Eastern Conference Playoff picture looks as bright and exciting as ever. With the playoffs approaching rapidly, who will be this year’s BEAST of the EAST! Time to rate all potential teams!

Boston Celtics (48-18)

The Boston Celtics are a well oiled machine, defying age, injuries and critics. Lead by their core-four: Rondo, Garnett, Pierce and Allen, the Celtics have positioned themselves atop the Eastern Conference and are seemingly ready to make another push to represent the East in the NBA Finals again this summer.

Advantage?
This team exemplifies the notion that Basketball is not won by athleticism and height, but rather by skill, mind and determination. With head coach Doc Rivers controlling the sidelines, the Celtics have again demonstrated that winning is a team game and their experience could deem to be most valuable..

Disadvantage?
The Celtics traded their own beast, Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for the talented Jeff Green. Although, a fair deal, the Celtics gave up an integral piece for an unnecessarily young inexperienced player. Perkins manned the paint for Boston against the best big men in the NBA, but with him gone, the job now falls on an aging, injury prone, Shaq and newly-aquired center Nenad Krstic. Can they step up to the challenge?

My Ratings:

Category

Rating /10

Coaching 9
Starting 5 8
Bench 6
Experience 10
Closer 9
My Rating 8.4

Swish says: Excellent Chances of representing the East in the NBA Finals.

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