Posts Tagged ‘NBA Playoffs’

I admit I was wrong, fairly wrong, well really wrong. I said that the Heat were going to win the NBA Championship, I was wrong. By the way, sorry this is late. Heat failed to compete at multiple levels against the experienced Mavs, aka Dirk.

Lebron kinda choked, a lot. He had an 8 point game, 8 POINTS IN A WHOLE GAME, and the Heat are paying maximum money for that, I’m not saying that they should get rid of him. He is still the best player in the league in my eyes, he played badly though and that isn’t acceptable.

The Mavs came ready to play. They played to their full potential behind their fantastic German, Dirk Nowitzki who anchored the team from the power forward spot. The Mav’s other key players, Jason Terry and Jason Kidd game to the big series ready to rip.

The series had the potential to go either way, but the Heat failed in the clutch moments early in the series, which lead to a massive amount of momentum that pushed the Dallas Mavs to the victory and the championship.

Slam! That’s the sound of the door shutting on the Mav’s chances to win a NBA Title. The Miami Heat beat the Dallas Mavs 88-86 in Game 3 to take a 2-1 advantage. I recently wrote a post about the Heat’s woes in the 4th quarter, but in this game they were able to overcome them and win a close one.

Dwyane Wade took over the 4th quarter, matching Mav’s star Dirk Nowitzki who had 15 4th quarter points and the Mav’s last twelve. Wade had the response for all the shots Dirk made, finishing with 8 in the 4th and 29 in the game. Every time Dallas scored to tie or make the game close, the Heat responded by hitting 3’s, contributed by Mario Chalmers, Wade, and Lebron James. Chris Bosh hit the clutch game winning jumper with about 4o seconds left, and Dirk was unable to tie the game at the buzzer when he missed a jumper at the free throw line.

The Heat finished the game, they made their shots, and they played tough defense forcing Nowitzki into turnovers and difficult shots. James has struggled down the stretch, but when one of the “Big 3” struggles the other two step up big, which they did, Bosh and Wade were both clutch.

The Heat haven’t been as good on the road as they have been at home, but I still expect them to close out the series in Dallas and win in 5 games. They are a good team, and they have the initiative now, when they are healthy and have the bench contributing they are unbeatable in a series.

A question that I brought up last time, when Lebron James wins a championship, how will you feel about him?

 

Last night the Dallas Mavs beat the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals 95-93. Mavs went on a 22-5 run to end the 4th quarter to knot up the series at 1 game apiece. Most suprising of all, the Heat have, for the most part this post season closed out every game, this game, they didn’t.

The Miami Heat settled into some distrubing patterns in the 4th quarter last night. They hucked up jumpers, instead of getting into the lane and free throw line. This allowed the Mavs to go on their monster run and win the game. Everyone thought, well not everyone, but alot of people thought that the Heat had overcome their regular season problems of not finishing when the game was close in the 4th, but last night shows that the problem is still there.

Chris Bosh had a horrific 4th quarter, and finished the game with only 12 points, Lebron James was well below his average with only 20 points, D Wade led the Heat with 36 but they still lost.

Lebron has been a beast in the clutch this post season, so don’t pass the damn ball Lebron, take it and shoot it. He has been their best finisher in the clutch time, so he needs to be selfish when the clock says there is less than 5 minutes left in the game. Last night he just passed it to a struggling Bosh, who botched all of his chances, WHY? Lebron wants to win a title, he needs to take a game over instead of being a facilitator.

I still fully belive that the Heat are going to win this series. There is no team that can beat them in a series, now that they have key bench players Haslem and Chalmers hitting their strides and in full health. The Heat are going to win, and how will you feel about Lebron James when he wins, will you still hate him, or will you love him for the phenomanal athlete and person he is?

Now, here is a fellow who disagrees a little with my choices. One of the  writers for Justson.blogspot.com, Brandon Hansen, has difference of opinion with me about my “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” of the NBA Playoffs. Here is what he said.

“NOTE: He(Rileylemm) does not mention the Spurs. Why? Because the Spurs do not matter. They’re not entertaining. They’re old. They’re completely irrelevant. Is anyone really on the edge of their seats for the Portland-Dallas playoff series. No, because the Western Conference this year is a relative old folks home compared to the hip and exciting teams in the East. 

I’m not talking about who’s better from an actual X’s and O’s. I’m talking about from a fan’s perspective. Other than fans in those cities, nobody is going to be thrilled about whoever makes the Finals from the West except for the Thunder. Lakers? Been there, done that. Spurs? Gag me and throw me down a well. Hornets? All four of their fans will be jumping for joy. Grizzlies? Yeah right, like that will happen. Blazers? Brandon Roy doesn’t quite have the Bazinga! as Lebron James. Nuggets? Wait, who’s on that team now? Steve Kerr?”
 
If you would like to read the original article, you can read it here. If you happen to disagree with either of us, comment and tell us who you think would be “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
 
 

 

Clint Eastwood’s movie “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” has relevance to this years NBA’s Playoffs. I have chosen 3 teams that most embody each word. Here are my choices.

First, “The Good.” The Miami Heat are my Good. They are 2-0 in their series against the Philadelphia 76ers. They steam-rolled the 76ers in Game 2 by 21 points, 94-73. Lebron James and Chris Bosh played phenomenally. CB had a double double, James went for 29 points. Dwyane Wade had an off night, trying to overcome migraines, but still had 14. If the Heat don’t win the title I am going to be severely disappointed.

Next, “The Bad.” The Denver Nuggets are my Bad. They are 0-2 in their series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. They played the Thunder fairly close in the first game, then they were blown out in Game 2 by 17. The Nuggets don’t have any chance to come back in this series, they are a team of role players, but they don’t have any stars that can take the game over.

Finally, “The Ugly.” The Chicago Bulls are my Ugly. They are 2-0 in their series against the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers have played the league leading Bulls to close games, the Bulls had to pull out a 16-1 run in Game 1 to win, and were losing at half time to the Pacers in Game 2. The Pacers are a sub .500 team, barely making the playoffs, but they are playing their hearts out and making the Bulls work for this series. Derrick Rose has played up to his MVP expectations, like he should be.

This is my “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.” Comment on whether you agree with my choices or if you disagree tell my what teams you would choose.