That lost to the Wizz means natta...like the other posters said, "they're just bored."
The key issue for them is Wade. He's not getting any younger, and his reckless style of play throughout his career has probably shortened his overall career length. He still looks pretty good, but doesn't have the speed and athleticism that made him elite just 2 years ago.
They were banking on the idea that their big 3 would stay healthy, if one of them goes down they're in SERIOUS trouble.
They just don't have the depth to be considered runaway favorites. They gave Mike Miller their MLE last year, and he can barely walk anymore. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have shown glimpses of working well in this system, but overall they've both been very disappointing.
And what happened to Joel Anthony? Is he injured? His offense was always anemic but he was such a force defensively. Excellent athlete with good shot blocking abilities.
The Knicks are much deeper than them, and more importantly, have much more size than them. The Heats lack of size and depth are very worrisome issues that they need to address if they are trying to pursue a dynasty down there.
Now that being said, they have to be the favorites. They went to the finals back to back years and are the current world champs. Got to beat the man to be the man. Only thing is their current roster is much more different from previous years, their lack of size this year is very evident (you could see how many issues they were having against bigger frontcourts like ours and Memphis.) I just don't see them as the runaway favorites or guaranteed to win the chip every year with their team "as-constructed."
Last edited by BroadwayBullies; 12-05-2012 at 03:44 PM.
oy vey stop making these threads
The Wizards played lights out against the Heat. 60 points in the First half is as lights out as you get for the Wizards.
Those losses are losses you can live with. Every dog has its day.
Not the same as the Lakers losing to Houston... Houston shot 37.5% that game, the Lakers blew a 17 point lead, and it was due to piss poor defense. They gave up 21 offensive rebounds and had 19 turnovers.
As I went over in that thread, I said I was LESS concerned with a loss than HOW they lose.
Lose because the other team plays lights out and the Knicks play well? That happens. Lose because the Knicks can't be bothered to play CORRECTLY, that's a different kettle of fish.
If you're still unclear on the distinction I'm making, feel free to send me a message.
There are few losses that are 'good' losses for a team that wants a Chip, but there are some that are better than others.
And is there a bit of a double-standard in relation to Miami? Yes. Because they've SHOWN that they can Turn it Up. Championship last year, ECF the year before. Their roster is essentially the same, and they still have one of the best records in the ECF this year.
When I look at Miami, I can say with high confidence that they're Coasting and Know how to turn it up come playoff time.
With 10 new players, we're just not in that position.
They lost to the wizards and the hornets or pelicans LMAO....you missed that one...
Say what you want but losing to the sorry *** wizards is not a good look. Early or not thats a terrible loss. They are definately not as dominant as last year
Heat also played without Battier and Coles and Chalmers jammed his finger in the fourth and sat.
Wash wasn't exactly lighting up but did well shooting 48% but 36% from three, Heat just had one of those games.
Also does everyone realize now Wash has beaten the Heat 3 straight times and twice last April?
So anyone think maybe next time Miami will try to figure out why this low talented team without their best player can't win?
Now I can't fly my airplane
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that some of the posters here are right in that they won't be as dominant come playoff time.
I don't totally agree but I hope I'm proven wrong =)
Ron Paul 2012
The only way to tell is to play a seven game series in the playoff where games matter. It allow teams to adjust game by game. The best team should always come out a winner (Knicks).
knicks gotta come out strong thursday
Miami gotta get taped like everyone else. We still don't get the respect we deserve from around the league and I don't like it.