Miami Heat concluded their season today with a parade in South Beach. Lebron’s first title, and probably not his last. I’m not saying that he’ll get to 7 or 8 rings but my guess is that he’ll end his season with about 4. Dwayne Wade’s on the down of his career. Mike Miller will never play like he did in game 6. Shane Battier still has some fight left in him. Chris Bosh still has it. Mario Chalmers surprised me with his play. Nevertheless, they’re gonna have to face a Derrick Rose and his Bulls, a season Kevin Durant and the Thunder, and dare I say, the Clippers? Okay, wishful thinking with that last one but tell me that with a healthy Chauncey Billups and a Clipper squad that has 1 year under its belt, these guys aren’t gonna make some serious noise next year? Anyway, with the NBA season officially over, time to head into the dog days of summer and the country’s official pastime, baseball. Yawn…
This is the second game in this series between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics that Lebron James has had the ball in his hands at the end of regulation with a chance to win it. Game 2, with a MUCH smaller Rondo guarding him, Lebron took a fadeaway 20 foot jumper and bricked it. Luckily, he had Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem to pick him up in overtime and pull of the win. Today, with time winding down and the game tied, the Heat have Wade pass the ball to Lebron, who instead of trying to create something, dribbles out most of the clock then throws a WILD pass to Haslem who is forced to take a sideways fading 15 foot jumper. What type of leader is this guy? I’ve never seen anyone be so afraid of having the ball in his hands in crunch time. I used to think that everyone was being hard on the so-called King but after watching these playoffs, I’m selling my stock. As for Wade, how about jumping into that sorry Marquis Daniels and get three freebies at the charity stripe. This Heat team might get past the Cs, only because they have homecourt BUT there is no way either one of these teams beat the winner of the West. Long live the King… NOT!!!
The Dallas Mavericks got lucky again. Sure, they’ve tied the series at 2, but I think we can all agree that the Miami Heat are still in control of this series. Even if Dallas takes game 5, which I don’t expect them to, the Heat go back home for the last 2 games of the series. And you can ask the Lakers of last year, home game 6 and 7 mean home team wins. Today’s 4th quarter was an ugly one. If the Heat didn’t go 2-14 from range, they would’ve easily pulled this one off. Then again, the Mavs went 4 for 19 so I guess it was a bad shooting day for both teams. Look for both teams to light up the scoreboard next game. It’s good to see Shawn Marion putting up respectable numbers. The MVP of this game goes to Tyson Chandler and his 16 rebounds (9 offensive). Props to Chris Bosh for returning to Toronto form. By the way, if anyone sees Lebron James around, let him know that there’s a finals’ game, if he’d like to come and play, it would be cool. I’m still sticking to Heat in 6 but I wouldn’t mind being wrong on this one. Someone needs to put D-Wade in his place.
Looks like the Miami Heat suffered a defeat at the hands of a tiny little opponent called overconfidence. They had a double digit lead with 6.5 minutes left in the game and then opened the door for the Mavericks to steal game two and tie up the series heading back to big D. Watching the first half of this game, I felt that both Lebron and Wade had a sense of arrogance, cockiness. Smiling and having a good time, not playing with a real sense of urgency. I must say that when they opened it up in the 3rd, I immediately thought “series over.” And then disaster! I was rooting for the Heat, not because I don’t like the Mavs (I’m actualy a huge fan). I wanted the Heat to win because of everything they’ve been through with “the decision.” But now, not so sure… I think the Mavericks veterans deserve this more. This is probably their last chance, whereas the Heat are gonna be right back in the finals next year. Oh well, series just got interesting. Mavs better close it out at home.
Before everyone gets excited, the Miami Heat were supposed to win this game. For all you Heat fans, I wouldn’t get too excited about this win ’cause the Boston Celtics are gonna come out gunning in Game 2. I’m pretty sure Dwayne Wade isn’t going to drop 38 points again. And even if he does, it ain’t gonna be enough. But they’re going need more than 3 points from Bibby and Ilgauskas COMBINED. I don’t think they’re going to get 25 form James Jones again. I’m happy for the journeyman, but the kid had a career night. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the Cs got burned. I’m cheering for the Heat to take the series. But I think the ref ejecting Paul Pierce in the 4th quarter was a little trigger happy. We all know Pierce is a bitch and let’s hope that this teaches him a lesson. Maybe he’ll shut his trap for a couple of games. And for all you Celtics fans that think that the ejection decided the game, the Heat were up by 13 by then and there were only 7 minutes left in the game. Pumped about game two. This series is gonna be vicious.
As expected, the Miami Heat closed out the Philadelphia 76ers tonight, in 5 games. I never thoguht they were going to sweep the series, but I’m shocked as to how close it each game seemed to be. How can a trio of Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Lebron James have so much difficulty with Andre Iguodola, Jrue Holliday, and Thaddeus Young? I know what the problem with the Heat is… they have no flow. If it’s not a fast break, they’re f-ed. They have no plays, no halfcourt offense. I blame it on their coach,I blame i on the youth and inexperience of their coaching staff. Next up, the Boston Celtics. The only thing the Heat have working for them is homecourt advantage. But if there’s one team in the league that could take that in a minute, it’s the Cs. Watch this series, watch the difference between veteran gamesmanship and youth machismo. Bet you the former prevails. Bet you the Cs get into the heads of the Heat. It’s gonna be fun. I’ll take the Celts in 6. I’m cheering for the Heat, but we know the power of the leprechaun.
If there was any doubt who the best team in the Eastern Conference was, it was put to rest today. The old-time Celtics handed the Miami Heat their 3rd head to head loss this season. If you told me that Paul Pierce would have 1 point and Ray Allen would shoot 5-14 and the Cs would win, I would’ve laughed you right out of TD Garden. On top of that, no Shaq? Well, let me tell you how they pulled it off…RAJON RONDO! Triple-double, instant energy, this kid doesn’t back down from anyone. I still would like to see what he’d do on a team without a bunch of hall of famers but he’s should be in everyone’s top point guards in the league list. How about Glen “Big Baby” Davis leading the Cs in scoring, off the bench, with 16? Disappointing game for the Heat… choke city from Lebron for going 1-2 from the line with 12 seconds left and the Heat down by 2. Can someone tell me what happened to Eddie House’s instant offense? I give credit for the Cs for doing what they do. Right now, they’re my pick to win in it all in June. I’m not jumping on the bandwagon, I’m just stating the facts. By the way KG still keeping his thuglife image strong with a cheap-shot pick against Mike Miller. What happened to the Big Ticket? Someone needs to put him on his ass. Kudos for D-Wade for sticking up for his teammates.
Lebron James is bringing his Miami Heat to Cleveland to put one on the Cavs today. The game will go as follows: the Cavs will come out pumped; Mo Williams will hit a couple of threes, Anderson Varejao will dive for a ball and take a charge on bron bron and the Cavs will go up by a dozen in the first quarter. The Heat will then come back in the 2nd quarter and the game will stay close until the fourth when the Wade (not Lebron) will take over and bury the Cavs.
Now, back to the plot, Clevelanders have to stop pouting. The city sucks, the team sucked, do you blame the King for going to Miami to play with his boys? Do you know how much tang he’s gotten and going to get in Miami? If owner Dan Gilbert was hurt so much, he shouldn’t have done a sign and trade. I hope Lebron drops 40 on his old team. I hope all those morons (fans) that appeared on ESPN and said we hate Lebron don’t have a hard time prying their feet out of their mouths. The NBA IS A BUSINESS. THE PLAYERS ARE BUSINESSMEN. MONEY FIRST, CHAMPIONSHIPS SECOND. Don’t ever forget that. Don’t take it personally. Lebron doesn’t give 2 shits about you so GET OVER IT!!! Remember, he is the CHOSEN 1.
OK, maybe they’re not going to beat the Bulls singe-season win record. Maybe, they’re not even gonna have the best record in the league, but give these guys a break. Sure, the Celtics beat the Heat handily last night. But hey, it’s the Celtics, and it’s in Boston, and the Lebron/Wade/Bosh combo haven’t played more than 3 minutes together, and….and…and… On a positive note, they waxed the Sixers tonight. Nothing like a slumpbuster to get you back on track. Dwayne Wade dropped 30. Off night for Lebron. I’m not sure how these guys are gonna gel but they have some time to do so. They’re gonna win enough games to get in the playoffs on raw talent alone. Chris Bosh, well, he dropped 15 and grabbed about 7 boards. I’m not sure that that’s an off night for him. I know he was averaging almost twice those numbers in Toronto but there’s only 1 ball in Miami and he’s 3rd option at best. It’s too early to tell if this is gonna be a success or a failure. I still expect them to come out of the East. Boston is just too old.
Lebron James has chosen the Heat. Everyone take a deep breath. This is GREAT for the NBA. Sucks for Cleveland. But let’s all remember that this is a BUSINESS First of all, he’s getting about $30 million less by going to Miami. But hey, the guy wants to win and you can’t blame him for that. I cant hate on the guy for leaving and going to the Heat. I do respect him for changing, because I would’ve done the same thing. Who the heck wants to live in Cleveland. I might have chosen New York over Miami just cause I love NYC. But the fans that are burning his jersey in Cleveland, GET A LIFE. Cleveland Owner Dan Gilbert throwing Lebron under the bus is just a bushleague move. 3 hours ago, Gilbert would’ve given his left nut to have Lebron re-sign with the Cavs. Frankly, he still will. Talk about an angry ex-girlfriend. This isn’t war. There was no betrayal, no desertion. Lebron is an ATHLETE, not a soldier. He plays basketball. Gilbert is pissed off because his team just loss 50% of its net worth. I do think that Lebron’s 1 hour special was a slap to Cleveland’s face but at the same time, let me remind you that this is a BUSINESS. He probably got paid big bucks for it, and to be honest with you, the guy’s down $30 mill, so he needs to make it up somewhere. Lebron chose the Heat because he wants to win. That’s what athletes do, win. He is playing with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Their point guard Mario Chalmers is going to be one of the most improved players next year because of these additions. They dumped that bum Jermaine O’Neal and traded away Michael Beasley. Don’t hate Lebron for leaving. You can hate him for quitting on his team during the playoffs. But don’t hate him for going to a better team, better city, better situation. I have a gut feeling that we’re going to hear some dirt on Lebron over the next few days. This kid’s had a super-clean image for the past 7 years. There have to be some skeletons in his closet. And I’m sure someone in the Cleveland organization is gong to leak some stuff out. Stay tuned, this sage is FAR from over. By the way, Jim Nance, worst invterviewer ever.