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Does Miami have a chance? As a Heat fan I would sure like to think so.

Winning the first 2 games the Heat looked in control of this series early. To be honest I thought the Celtics would be lucky to win 2 games in this series, I really thought 1 was more likely. The Heat just seemed far and away the better team.

So what happened? Good question.

The Heat went to Boston and started digging themselves in holes early, to the tune of 18 points. Its tough to beat a good team like Boston, but  it is even tougher when you dig yourself a hole that big. The Heat who sometimes struggle with stagnant offensive fell into that same groove. They are not a jump shooting team, that is simply not the way they are built. Doc Rivers would throw a zone defense at the Heat and they simply have not been able to beat that in the 2 years that this team has been put together. The zone makes you take jump shots and prevents the drive to the basket which is what the Heat have relied on.

So what happens next?

Well I think the Heat respond. Great teams can overcome adversity. Going into a win or go home game in Boston I expect LeBron James to take over this game. I think it takes a 40 point 15 rebound game to set the tone and get the job done on the road.

No excuses, as the great Al Davis once said “Just Win Baby!”

 

By: JP Ross

The Dream Team

Posted: June 6, 2012 in NBA
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By: Eran Fabian

The once unstoppable San Antonio Spurs have come crashing down to Earth as their phenomenal 20 game win streak has transformed into a sloppy three game losing streak. I’m not usually one to get caught up in superstitions or anything of the sort, but when it comes to sports you have to be. I wrote an article praising the Spurs and their abilities just prior to game 3 of the series. About an hour afterward, the Spurs and Thunder tipped off for what would ultimately be a 20-point route of the men I had just finished commending.

Tim Duncan (4), Tony Parker (3), and Manu Ginobli (3) have a combined 10 NBA Championships.

Since that day, the Spurs have games 4 and 5 but only by a combined 11 points. Even down 3-2 in this series, there is no doubt that the Spurs have the ability to get this done. The Spurs are a veteran team with the experience and history that you want this late in the playoffs. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli have a combined 10 rings, so they know what it takes to win.

Kendrick Perkins and Derek Fisher aside, no one on Oklahoma City’s roster has any jewelry. But the Thunder are younger, faster, and, quite frankly, more fun to watch. Kevin Durant is averaging over 27 points per game this series and has shown no signs of slowing down. When point guard Russell Westbrook is playing selfless basketball, there is very little opposing defenses can do.

Quite frankly, I don’t care who wins this series. I feel strongly that the Thunder will close it out tonight, but, if they don’t, we can all expect some serious fireworks in game 7. Regardless, I’ve got the Thunder playing the Celtics for a shot at the title when all is said and done.

Tip-off for game six is tonight at 9:00pm on TNT.

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By: Eran Fabian

The San Antonio Spurs have yet to lose a playoff game this year. In fact, they haven’t lost a game since April 11th against the Lakers giving them an unreal 20 straight victories. But their run this year has been like a fart on a crowded elevator, everyone knows what’s happening but no one is going to say a word about it. Well, I think it’s time we address the elephant in the room and congratulate the San Antonio Spurs on one of the best post-season runs in NBA history.

Had the Heat, Lakers, or Celtics launched this type of campaign, ESPN, and all the other sports networks out there, would have been abuzz with every stat as we were all forced to watch the replays around the clock. The Spurs on the other hand have gotten about as much airtime as the LPGA. It’s embarrassing.

Tim Duncan is averaging 13.5 points and 11.5 rebounds against OKC in this series.

The problem with the Spurs isn’t star power. It isn’t a lack of tradition. It isn’t a whole lot of things. The problem with the Spurs is that they just aren’t ‘Hollywood’ enough or, in this league, ‘Miami’ enough to make headlines outside of Texas. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker won’t give you the highflying, lightning-fast displays of athleticism you’ll get with the younger teams. They’re a team of old guys who thrive on bank shots and lay-ups. The way the Spurs play, you expect their shorts to be three inches shorter and their hair to be three inches longer.

I love Kevin Durant and I wanted to see him succeed in the playoffs but now, at this point in time, I’m rooting for history. It is not just for the records or trophies but also for the team, for the way they play, for their heart. It’s truly incredible to watch what San Antonio continues to do night in and night out. They’re inspiring and it is a shame that most people won’t even know it happened.

The Spurs didn’t throw some big TV special or make some giant trade. They did it old school. They don’t fight, they don’t talk smack, and they don’t dress like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. They’ve been the same team for longer than just about any other team in history could say and they’re still winning. Kudos to the San Antonio Spurs. I’ll be rooting tonight as the Spurs try to make it 21 in a row.

To paraphrase a great man, “You stay classy, San Antonio.”

The Spurs tip off against the Thunder tonight at 9:00 on TNT.

Yes, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was fouled in overtime last night. As a Miami Heat fan, I’ll admit it. The call was missed, but now it’s time to move on. You may be thinking that I probably wouldn’t be saying this if Wade was fouled and the Heat lost in overtime. Well, I would, and I will tell you why.

One of the things that makes sports great is the human element. In sports, just like in life, mistakes happen. Life isn’t fair and neither are sports. Referees are going to miss calls, sometimes in your favor, sometimes not in your favor, but thats how it goes. How often do you see a guy admit he fouled someone, or say it went off my hand last. Almost never. That is part of what makes sports unique, things don’t always go exactly how they should.

If we knew what was going to happen, would we even play the game? No. Thats why Appalachian State can beat Michigan in the Big House, and George Mason can make it to the final 4. On paper games are decided days, weeks, even months before they are played, but the great thing is sometimes the papers are wrong.

So for the next fews days Boston Celtics fans will be complaining, and with good reason, but like it or not there is a human element in sports. Humans are not perfect and neither are the sports they play — that’s what keeps it interesting.

By: JP Ross