Has Miami created the perform storm this year to not repeat?
The reason I am saying this is because their team is so small. Wade has regressed athletically speaking and Bosh's decline in rebound rate is astounding. His last years in Toronto he was pulling down 9.5-11 rebounds a game. Now he's at 7.5. They don't have much depth and while Lewis/Allen have been good, I don't think it's been as scary as advertised.
Chicago will be very, very strong when Rose comes back. They're 22-15 after all and Deng, Noah and Boozer will be a strong supporting cast, now more than ever.
New York *WHEN FULLY HEALTHY* has all the pieces to dethrone the Heat. They are incredibly deep, with Shumpert and Stoudemire back now, Felton back in two games. They have so many weapons to beat you and when LeBron is off the court, the supporting guys on the Heat will have a hard time keeping up.
Brooklyn also has a very good team and Boston will always be there. That's just the East and Miami's likely going to have to play two of these teams on the way to the Finals.
If they get there, OKC clearly looks like the better team this year and has the size to beat them.
As a rookie Micheal Beasley averaged 13.9pts per game on .472 shooting. Do you know how many times Kobe Bryant or Tracy Mcgrady shot at that percent or better? Never in there whole careers. If Beas can be what he was when he was a rookie (he won't hell be better) then the heat are coming away with another steal.
This thread seems to just keep coming back about every week or so in one wording or another from Knicks fans. This has all been discussed at great length and rehashed over and over...But hey, let's do it all over again.
And to say Miami stands no chance against OKC, well let's see, they're 5-0 in their last 5 games against them...I think that shows they stand at least "A chance."
I think they shouldn't be playing as small as they are, but they still have time to figure it out, and I don't think playing small is going to kill them mostly during the post season as teams just don't have dominate big men anymore
In the east we're looking at
NYK- Chandler is big, but he isn't going to kill you in the post, and they're currently playing, Melo and Copeland who are both around 6'8 which means Lebron could D-up either of them at the PF position without being in danger
Indiana- Hibbert has been atrocious on offense so he's not going to be a huge threat on the block, and David West is another 6'8 6'9 undersized power forward
Chicago has Noah, who is probably the biggest threat so far but I don't think he's going to be the biggest threat when Rose and Boozer are there 1 and 2 punch, also Boozer is yet again an undersized PF who can be manned up by Lebron or Haslem
Brooklyn, has Lopez who is a big threat, and Blatche who has looked good, but overall not there yet and I don't think could compete in a 7 game series.
Atlanta plays small
Boston plays with an undersized PF in bass and play perimeter ball, and ranks 30th in rebounds..
I don't think Miami is going to be killed because they play small ball, and even with the declining wade, they're still athletic enough to win