View Full Version : Mock Deadline Playoffs - #2 Boston Celtics vs #7 Miami Heat

02-23-2010, 07:57 PM
This season we did a mock trade deadline in which users on this site took over as GM's of every team in the NBA. The goal was to improve your team the most before the real life trade deadline. The users then voted on playoff seedings of the other conference, and now its up to you to vote for who wins each matchup.

Please remember that this is just a game and there is no reason to vote for a team just because thats actually your favorite team in real life. Everybody worked really hard on their teams and it's only fair that you judge each team based on that teams talent, not that teams name.

At the bottom each team has sent in a write up explaining why they feel they would win the series. Please read each writeup before you make your decision, to be fair to the GM's who wrote it.

Boston as the higher seed has the homecourt advantage.

Boston Celtics Roster

Derrick Rose/Brevin Knight
JR Smith/Chase Budinger
Thabo Sefolosha/Peja Stojakovic/Rodney Carney
Al Jefferson/Jason Smith/Brian Scalabrine/Sean Marks
Dwight Howard/Kwame Brown/Desagna Diop

Miami Heat Roster

PG - Deron Williams | Rafer Alston
SG - Richard Hamilton | Michael Finley | James Jones
SF - Tayshaun Prince | Dorrell Wright | Yakhouba Diawara
PF - Michael Beasley | Brandon Bass
C - Marcin Gortat | Joel Anthony | Jamaal Magloire

Boston Celtics Writeup:
Derrick Rose vs. Deron Williams
While you canít deny Williams is the better player of these 2, Rose has carried the Bulls to a current 6th seed with nowhere near the support cast D-Will has. With his athleticism and quickness he might be able to contain D-Will a bit (of course not completely). While on the other side of the court making him work his *** off on defense. This one goes to Miami, it isnít that big of a gap though.
J.R.Smith vs. Rip Hamilton
Smith has been having a solid season helping Denver to the top of the West this year. Heís also very useful for spreading the court with his shooting for Roseís driving and the bigs inside. Hamilton on the other hand has had a very injury riddled season thus far on a horrible Detroit team. He has clearly lost a step and he will for sure not be able to keep up with Smith. This one goes to Boston.
Thabo Sefolosha vs. Tayshaun Prince
Prince is having his worst season since his rookie season. His athletic play is clearly on the decline this year and back injurys have been torturing him all season long. Which clearly shows in his play on the court. While on the other hand Thabo Sefolosha is having a great season with the Thunder who are performing better then anyone dared to expect. Thaboís defense has been a big part of this, and that along with the occasional 3-pointer is all we require from him! And if we want a more offensive threat we can always bring in Peja Stojakovic. But thabo will start to bring us some defensive balance. Even though Prince is clearly the bigger name here and scores a bit more points, Thabo is probably the better defender and rebounder. So Boston should win this one aswell.
Al Jefferson vs. Michael Beasley
Al Jefferson will have a field day against Beasley. Beasley is already known for his lack of defense, and against the player with possibly the best post-game in the league he will not be able to defend him the slightest bit. Also Big Al will dominate the boards against Beasley and Miami will struggle to put rebounds on the board. This oneís clearly for boston by a big margin.
Dwight Howard vs. Marcin Gortat
This is probably the most lopsided position in all of the 8 Mock first round matchups. Gortat isnít doing anything decent this year and is averaging 3 points and 3 rebounds a year.. While Howard is leading the league in rebounds. He will just be able to score at will against Gortat and on the other side dominate him on the defensive end completely aswell. This matchup alone pretty much leaves Miami without a chanceÖ Boston wins this one BIGTIME.
Neither bench is really impressive. However with the youth Boston has, they will be able to give their starters decent minutes. And at the somewhat weaker positions they have very capable players able to log minutes in Chase Budinger and Peja Stojakovic. While on the other hand Rafer Alston seems to be the only noteworthy player on the Miami bench, and he plays the position of their sole star so wonít get much time either way. The other players are either washed up, or underperforming very badly (like Bass). With Peja and Chase, Boston wins this matchup aswell.
While Boston probably has the best frontcourt in this mock, Miami has the worst. They are going to struggle getting rebounds and stopping points from the paint.
Even though they have a great playmaker they wonít be able to cope with the perfect mix of defense/shooters and a great playmaker in Rose. Boston should win this series fairly easy.

Miami Heat Writeup:
PG: Deron Williams vs Derrick Rose - 2 similar players with very key differences - D. Will has much more playoff experience and has proven that he is one of the best, if not the best, PGs in the league. Williams is solid defensively enough to limit what Rose can do by allowing him to settle for jumpers and now allowing him to get into the paint. D. Will has the clear edge in this match-up.

SG: Richard Hamilton vs JR Smith - The ultimate wild-card is what they call JR Smith. There is a reason for that, he is insanely inconsistent. Then put him into the starting line-up, and his effectiveness will immediately go down. He is a shooter, and can maximize his shots off the bench. As a starter his stats would take a huge plunge or he would mess the chemistry of the starting line-up with taking so many shots. Hamilton is a championship proven 2 guard that can play solid defense, knock down jumpers, and handle the ball. And the most important of all: he is now once again paired with an elite PG.

SF: Tayshaun Prince vs Thabo Sefolosha - 2 very similar players again, except one is very young and inexperienced and the other has one a championship. Prince is also more talented on the offensive end than Thabo who is at times a liability on offense. The both play great defense, but because of Thabo's lack of offense Prince has the edge. Especially since just like Rip, he is once again paired with an elite PG.

PF: Michael Beasley vs Al Jefferson - 2 very talented offensive players face off. As great as Al Jefferson is, he is having a down year this year, with his points down 6 and no longer averaging double-figures in rebounds. I've seen Jefferson play a lot this year, and he doesn't look the same after coming off of that ACL surgery. And Beasley will push him with his versatility on offense with forcing Big Al to come out of the paint thanks to his jumper and having the quickness to face-up and get by him to the hole.

C: Marcin Gortat vs Dwight Howard - There is no doubt how good Dwight Howard is, but Gortat is no scrub either. Both are very good on the defensive end and would limit one another in what they can do. And we will be able to swarm Dwight in the post like none other, mostly thanks to the fact that Rose and Thabo are below-average shooters, unlike what the real Orlando Magic have so that the floor is opened up for Dwight. And in to the fact that Al Jefferson would be clogging up the paint as well and Dwight would ve fairly ineffective.

Bench Battle: The Boston bench is a weak bench as you will ever see in this league. Peja Stojakovic cannot create his own shot, so without a PG he won't do much, if anything at all. His back-up PG is not even in the league and is semi-retired. And Jason Smith and Kwame Brown as your back-ups bigs? You might as well put in guys from the D-League.

But I have a back-up PG in Rafer Alston that started in the NBA Finals last year and is now the starter on a playoff team. Throw in Brandon Bass who will actually be used greatly off the bench on this team unlike in real life, he would be a huge factor. Joel Anthony is also a defensive-minded high energy guy and Michael Finley has won a championship and is still a great shooter.

02-23-2010, 08:02 PM
Celtics. There roster is sick

02-23-2010, 08:13 PM
the celtics come away with this one.

02-23-2010, 08:13 PM
Go Heat!!!

02-23-2010, 08:21 PM
Richard Hamilton averaged 30 points per game in a 3 game span last week. How has he lost a step? Oh and you forgot all that stuff you said about JR, thats when he is coming off of the bench.

And I loled @ his shooters. Peja will come off the bench and Rose and Thabo are below-average shooters, paired with Al Jefferson will clog up the paint, exactly what I said in my write-up.

And I guess you've never seen Gortat, he's damn good defensively and would be a starter if he ended up signing with Dallas instead of staying as Howard's back-up. Paired with Al Jefferson clogging up the paint, Dwight will be limited offensively.

Oh and my bench is worlds better than his bench.

02-23-2010, 08:23 PM
Celtics. There roster is sick

I'm glad you like it :D

02-23-2010, 08:26 PM
What a tough matchup for a #2 seed here. Thanks to me T Blaze walked away with a Al Jeff/Dwight frontcourt and I dont see how the hell Beasley and Gortat are gonna be able to stop them. I had to go Celtics.

02-23-2010, 08:53 PM
Celts with comfort.

02-23-2010, 09:03 PM
Celtics take this series with this nasty frontcourt

02-23-2010, 10:42 PM
Outside SF and maybe SG. The Celtics are a much better team. Derrick Williams can probably lead the Heat to one win.

Cs win 4-1.

PS: Where are the standings from this mock trade deadline...?

02-23-2010, 10:57 PM
Outside SF and maybe SG. The Celtics are a much better team. Derrick Williams can probably lead the Heat to one win.

Cs win 4-1.

PS: Where are the standings from this mock trade deadline...?

East Standings (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=12383911&postcount=17)

West Standings (http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showpost.php?p=12388839&postcount=327)

02-23-2010, 11:04 PM
Outside SF and maybe SG. The Celtics are a much better team. Derrick Williams can probably lead the Heat to one win.

Cs win 4-1.

PS: Where are the standings from this mock trade deadline...?
Homer much?

There's no way Rose is better than D-will

02-23-2010, 11:11 PM
Outside SF and maybe SG. The Celtics are a much better team. Derrick Williams can probably lead the Heat to one win.

Cs win 4-1.

PS: Where are the standings from this mock trade deadline...?

:facepalm: Your vote shouldn't even count

02-23-2010, 11:12 PM
Celts win

02-23-2010, 11:19 PM
The Celtics big men kick the crap out of Miami, with Jefferson averaging twenty five points per game against Beasley, and the Celtics averaging a 10+ advantage on the boards :cool:

02-23-2010, 11:40 PM
Celtics win

02-24-2010, 12:40 AM
Best Frontcourt duo ever?

My favorite part about the Celtics here is that they'll be contenders for YEARS