Posted by keithosaunders on June 1, 2011
What has annoyed me the most about the Miami Heat post-season, is the way they celebrated after the Boston series. To look at the histrionics — the hugging, the carrying on, Lebron crying — you would have thought they had won it all, instead of a second round series against an aging, injury-rattled team. I mean, act like you’ve been there before.
But that’s just it. This team, outside of Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem, hasn’t been there before. They are a made-for-TV, thrown together bunch, that just happens to have three of the best players in the game. With each passing game their aura of inevitibility grows stronger, and I am having a hard time envisioning a scenario in which this series goes more than five games.
It is possible, albeit just barely, to shut down Lebron or Wade, but then what do you do with Bosh? After an up and down season, he has been close to unstoppable all playoffs long. You forget what a powerful presence he is in the paint — there have been no easy shots in the lane for Heat opponents, and he has been able to control the offensive boards, as well as score at will.
I have to admit that the more the Heat win, the more my disdain grows to Yankee proportions. It wasn’t just that Lebron decided to leave Cleveland. It was the dog and pony show that accompanied it. It was as if we, the NBA fans, were supposed to applaud the triumvirate of Bosh, James, and Wade, simply for deigning to play on the same court.
There is something karmically wrong with this team. I have a problem with a team being put together in a single offseason to instantly win a championship. The Pistons of the early 90s played together for years before finally beating the Celtics and winning the title. The Bulls, even with the mighty Jordan, had to pay their dues at the hands of said Pistons. The Spurs of recent history had a core that played together for years, but they didn’t magically emerge from a hyped up cloud of free agent signings.
There’s only been one game; anything can happen. Dallas is plenty good, but they will need more from their supporting cast — Jason Terry and Tyson Chandler, I’m looking at youse — if they hope to make this a series.
In the meantime, here’s hoping we will at least get a competitive six game series. If there is any justice, the Heat will lose and the Cavaliers, with the 2nd and 4th pick in the draft, will become good and take next year’s title.