As the ball dropped and the festivities began, the Miami Heat were feeling pretty festive too. Starting with a Christmas Blowout, they continued to show their new and intense speed and aggression. They are all really engaged in the plays. And oh yes, LeBron James is really engaged adding a big pear-shaped stone to his girlfriend’s finger. This one was off the court. But on that night, on the court, against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Big Two, Bosh and Wade helped the other Big, who had a lot on his mind. Truth be told, the Miami Heat when playing on all cylinders look tough to stop. However, they are prone to falling apart against a zone defense, which must be addressed by Spoelstra immediately. One of the great surprises is how terrific the rookie Cole is playing. Chalmers has to earn his time because Cole is really tough. The shortened season bodes well for the Miami Heat who should go all the way.
The Miami Heat are really looking hot. The “Decision” is now to have a more up beat, more searing tempo . The team never looked like they did against the Dallas Mavericks all of last season. The off season did them a world of good. The speed of LeBron James, Dwyne Wade and Chris Bosh looked epic. Where did Coach Spoelstra come up with this new look? He took a trip to Eugene, Oregon to see Chip Kelly’s Oregon Ducks infamous spread offense . He then translated it from football to basketball And what a translation and transition. Space and speed creating opportunities and mismatches. It looks like the long jumper mentality has been left in the locker room which is good since it had become so predictable. The invasion has begun. We’ll see if the formula that scorched the Mavs will work against the Boston Celtics who still have a terrific defense. The Heat is On!!
While LeBron James is a phenomenal basketball talent, and a very loyal teammate, and a better person than the one we saw at “The Decision”, LeBron James is not yet a champion. The problem: LeBron disappears from the biggest moments in the biggest games in his career. No other way to put it. The Miami Heat needed LeBron James to step up in game 4. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh certainly did their part. Wade played like he did in 2006 against the Mavs. If LeBron had done anything, other than having his worst offensive performance since January 5, 2007, the Heat would have gone up by 3 games to 1, with the Dallas Mavericks in big trouble. Instead here we are knotted up at 2 each, momentum possibly shifting. LeBron can not be considered great until he performs in such a manner. All the marbles are on the table he set. Pat Riley’s face showed it. Eric Spoelstra’s face showed it. LeBron’s face showed it. Time to show what are you really made of? The Miami Heat fans will get a chance to look at all the faces on their home court at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The mirror doesn’t lie.
While the Miami Heat may or may not beat the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals, LeBron James seemingly can’t win no matter what he does. Forget about whether you like him or not, he is the MVP of the league. His sheer size makes him a physical freak (in a very good way). He’s incredibly agile, and makes shots from everywhere. In addition, he plays tough defense against anyone. That said, if he takes over the last few minutes of the game, and misses any shot, people claim he can’t finish. If LeBron dishes off to Wade, the claim is he won’t take the game over, and he feeds the ball off, not wanting to take shots at the end. Thus once again LeBron James is the villain. In truth he is the MVP, and I want him on my team, the Miami Heat and not on yours no matter who yours is.
So often we call a sports event awesome, but it is really usually not that awesome. However, the Miami Heat/ Chicago Bulls game on Thursday night was really “awesome”. Most everyone who was watching the game surely sees Saturday night game in Miami as a definite, but LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in the last 3 minutes saw the Mavericks in their rear view mirror. A Spectacular and still nearly unbelievable comeback with just over 3 minutes in the game. This comeback will be shown time and time again. It was that spectacular. Now we have a repeat of the 2006 NBA Finals. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks vocalized how the Heat would work the “Three Kings”. Now Mark Cuban will see exactly how. Lebron, Wade, Bosh come on out and meet Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion. Decision, Redemption. Should be great. Get your tickets for the big show.
Performance vs. Perception is what Chris Bosh brought to Sunday’s match up game featuring the Miami Heat against the Chicago Bulls. Bull’s Carlos Boozer said the Miami Heat had the Big 2. Chris Bosh, the also ran, the not so shining star. Well, the Miami Heat knew better and even Chris Bosh who sometimes looked tentative this year showed why you can never just concentrate on the “Big 2″, LeBron James and Wade. C-B as James calls him really had the touch. And like LeBron James has always said, when 1 of our guys has it going, they keep going to that guy. Thus a 34 point night for Bosh. Good for the Heat players and fun to also see Udonis Haslem have a big roll in the playoffs. C-B, UD: Big win for the Heat. On Tuesday we will see if the Miami Heat’s no loss home court winning record prevails. We’ve now seen the leading scorer in the NBA East Finals, Not Rose, Not Wade, not James. It’s Bosh.
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The Miami Heat took an old fashioned beating at the hands of the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. The Bulls were indeed raging. The Miami Heat look to bring some of their own Heat on Wednesday. Obviously Spoelstra and a noticeably present Pat Riley are probably looking to make some changes in the rotations, position players particularly at the center position, and I think most importantly in the intensity department. With Lebron James and D Wade barely visable in the 4th period, something has to change dramatically. However, Chicago hit all the boards, so Miami has to get up on the defensive boards to have a chance. Chris Bosh can’t be your main scorer. Rose will get his shots, but Gibson needs some attention. Basically the Miami Heat have to play their game. The big 3 better play like the big 3, not the lesser of the 3′s playing the best of the 3′s. Very often when a team gets blown out, they come back strong. All of the “white hot” Miami Heat fans, don’t despair. They will come out strong, and all the fans in South Florida should come out and cheer on their team when they return to Miami on Sunday. It’s not over until the fat lady sings, and I don’t hear any songs yet.
The Miami Heat got a cold dousing in Boston against the Celtics who still have the Heat’s number. Now the Heat look to heat up the temperature in Toronto against the Toronto Raptors. The big 3 have to be a bit disappointed in another loss to the Boston Celtics. Doc Rivers masterfully coached his Celts in a third period blowout that the Heat could not get over. Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh simply did not have enough answers again. It was, however, the Heat bench that was really not up to the task. Now The Heat and Chris Bosh in particular, go to a homecoming in Toronto. It would seem that everyone in the Raptors home will be booing Bosh. After 7 years as a Toronto Raptor, Chris Bosh is a much happier guy in his new home in Miami. For the Raptors, it’s a big moment in their season. While Bosh may be welcomed by his former teammates with fist bumps, the fans won’t be so generous. Should be interesting.
All the journalists, sports pundits etc. have been waiting, and maybe even hoping to write that the Miami Heat team could not win with just the three players , the big 3, Wade, James and Bosh. As great as the big 3 were, wisdom dictates that you need lots of guys around them. Guess what? The Big 3 can do it. In a dynamic win over a very motivated Portland Blazers team, the Miami Heat, down 7 points: scenario, Dwyane Wade, Lebron James and Chris Bosh looked up at the clock, and with 1:46 left in the game soared to carry the team to overtime. This great team found a way to win the game, 107-100 in OT. Coach Erik Spoelstra said “That’s simply a resilient win.” Watching this team is a pleasure. Keep on Keepin on.
The Miami Heat continue to sizzle, but against the Cavs, with a little less pop. The Heat found a tough Cleveland Cavalier team, but then Miami Heat’s talent won out in the end. LeBron and D-Wade had to take difficult shots all night. Final Score determines it all. Heat win, and continue to show the NBA what they are capable of.