Miami Heat: Their Championship to Lose?

Last night the Miami Heat came one step closer to that first championship in LeBron James – Dwyane Wade era, closing out the series against the Boston Celtics on their home floor. After the final siren James and Wade celebrated the victory as if they had won the title, their jubilation was however somewhat fitting as the Celtics were responsible for eliminating the Heat and James’ former team the Cleveland Cavaliers from last year’s playoffs.

Winning this series against Boston has built up a lot of talk about how the title is theirs for the taking. If they can dispose of such a high class opponent in five games, who is going to stop them? James and Wade are unstoppable on offense, their defense has been very solid and the most consistent part of their game and those other guys (Bosh, Chalmers and Jones) have had good games every once in a while too.

So the Miami Heat are the 2011 NBA Champions, right? Wrong, the thing that set the Heat apart from Boston in this series is the ability to make plays in the fourth quarter.

Being a veteran side you would think the Celtics would excel down the final stretch of a game, however if you didn’t know they had a couple of finals appearances and a championship you would have thought they were a young and inexperienced team. Turning the ball over on bad passes, making bad decisions in transition and forcing up bad shots is very unlike the Celtics. I would like to say that Miami’s defense was so good that they forced them into these mistakes but in reality they were mostly unforced errors, it seems as though the age factor and a one armed point guard caught up to them. As a result the Heat’s superstar duo capitalized and made the right plays, much like Dallas did against the Lakers.

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Miami is yet to be truly tested, I believe that next round’s match up against the Bulls or the Hawks will bring out their best and their worst.

Of all the teams that have exited the playoffs, their greatest flaws were exposed and exploited. Miami hasn’t come up against a team that has been able to successfully do that. In Game 3 Boston showed us that Miami is lacking when it comes to their front court, Garnett was way too dominant for them to do anything about it.

It will be up to Boozer, Noah and Asik or Horford and Pachulia to control that paint and hit Miami where they are weakest. Until that happens the Heat will be too hard to stop.

Until next time..

D.B.

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Posted on May 12, 2011, in NBA, Playoffs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’m going to go on record to say that if the Bulls handle the Hawks, they will play and beat the Heat. I think the Bulls rebound better than the Heat, play defense better than the Heat and are more physical than the Heat. All that being said, congrats to LeBron and D Wade for getting over that mental hurdle.

  2. I definitely think it’s their championship to lose. The Bulls have shown that they aren’t quite good enough for the big show. I don’t think they can just turn the switch on and suddenly be a championship calibre team. Boston was supposed to be the real test and they weren’t all that difficult. I don’t think anyone could have imagined such an easy road. Feeble Boston, no Lakers, and a Bulls team that had trouble with the 37 win Pacers. I give the championship to the Heat and I strongly believe that one.

  3. Bobby Charts

    good post. agree the Heat the next two rounds are going to play great or really good teams and it will be intresting to see what happens.
    i think dallas has best change to beat heat, just my thought right now, maybe bulls really step up with home court, dont know.

  4. Great post man. I agree with you on the fact that the Heat haven’t been tested. There are some good match ups left ahead of them. They still don’t have a point guard and a big man that plays consistently (or well) and Bosh doesn’t want to be a big man.

  5. Let’s go the other way on this. Do we all think the Chicago Bulls have been tested yet? Indiana and Atlanta? Heat-Bulls should be a great series regardless. Time for both teams to prove themselves against a quality opponent.

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