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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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Eight Wins To Go

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Last night, Rajon Rondo stepped up BIG to close out the Second Round of the Playoffs. With Pierce fouled out and the Celtics struggling to score, Rondo went on a personal 9-0 run to put the game and series away for the Celtics.

Rajon Rondo comes up BIG for the Celtics, Game 7 vs 76ers.

… And here come the Conference Finals..

And as we’ve done through every round, Scamz and I have our predictions (well Scamz has decent predictions, my predictions have been as good as Montreal weather predictions)

But first, here’s an update on the competition!

First Round Scores

Second Round Scores (Points are Doubled)

It’s bad.. I know, Scamz is running away with this one.
Scamz 197134 Swish

Conference Finals, Points are now TRIPLED!

Select correct series winner: +30 points
Incorrect selection will cost: -15 points

Having selected the correct winner, additional points can be earned:

Correct number of games: +18 points
One game error in guess: +9 points
Two game error: +3 points

Here are our Predictions for the Conference Finals, starting with Scamz and then Swish!

Scamz’s NBA Playoffs 2012 Conference Finals Predictions

Swish’s NBA Playoffs 2012 Conference Finals Predictions


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Who’s Best ‘Power Forward’ in the League?

Its like picking between two of your favorite donuts, flavors of ice cream or chocolate desserts, both are incredibly good, but depending on how your feeling that day, you may sway toward one or the other. Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) or Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)??

Blake Griffin (Left) and Kevin Love (Right)

But for the sake of argument, here are 5 categories of assessment to bring this long debated Chuck vs Shaq discussion to an end, one of many between the two.

I think the only thing we can all agree on, is that the days of a Tim Duncan, back to the basket-type Power Forward (PF) are seemingly over. The games uptempo style has brought in a new dimension to the PF’s game and these are two of the more exciting and dominant players in that category. 

Team Record:

Blake’s Clippers have a 22-14 record, while Kevin’s T-wolves are just above the .500 mark at 20-19. Although the Clippers have the irreplaceable, playoff tested CP3 (Chris Paul) on their team, you cannot discount that the best PF in the league better be helping his team to more wins.

Blake Griffin

Statistics:

Love leads Blake in 4 of 7 crucial categories (FT%, 3PM, REB, PTS), while Griffin has an edge in (FG% and AST) and both are just pitiful when it comes to blocks.. so we wont mention that any further.

Kevin Love

Games Played vs Each other:

Although, two of these games were decided by 3 points or less, the easy advantage goes to winner of all 3 meetings, the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kevin Love

Potential:

The high-flying extremely athletic big man, Blake Griffin earns an easy advantage here. Still learning the game, Griffin has been playing on pure athleticism more than basketball knowledge. When the days of development pass, he will be unstoppable.

Blake Griffin 

In-the-Clutch:

He delivered 2 clutch fourth quarter baskets last night and sunk the game winning 3-pointer in the first meeting between these teams. Kevin Love has asserted himself as the go-to player for the Timberwolves.

Kevin Love

So if you tally up the scores………

Kevin Love is the best PF in the league today.. but, Tomorrow is a whole new day with a whole new set of possibilities.

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San Antonio Spurs Bit by Injury-Bug

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Tim Duncan's injury reveals his true value

Quietly and consistently the Spurs have been cruising to the NBA’s best record, behind the play of Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker…..?? Or so we thought…

What about the Big Fundamental?? Tim Duncan, one of the greatest power forwards to ever play in the NBA. And I’ll be the first to admit, that I was beginning to doubt Duncan’s significance on the Spurs. This year, he averages career lows in points and rebounds, at 13 and 9 respectively, so why would you consider him the best Spur?

On March 21st, the Spurs were far ahead in the standings amongst the Western Conference and the entire league, and it almost seemed eminent that they would earn home-court advantage for their entire playoff run… when aging star Tim Duncan injured his ankle (WATCH).

Kobe to Duncan: Thanks man, I'll take it from here...

Since the injury, the Spurs have lost 4 straight games without their two-time former MVP, and look as though they may squander an excellent all-round season to the RED-HOT Los Angeles Lakers..

So what does this tell us??

VALUE TIMMY! Stats don’t mean much when compared to Presence, Leadership and Heart.

To make matters even worse, both Parker and Ginobili did not play against the Blazers due to injuries as well!! Both listed as day-to-day..

Get Well Soon Spurs!

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