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Moron.

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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

How long do you think it took him to come up with this gem?

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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

Check out this vicious block on a Paul Pierce floater by LeBron James.  Dwyane Wade would add to the excitement, getting a bucket to go on the fast break with a foul.

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By: @Sean_Grimm

At 8:30 tonight on Biscayne Boulevard, the Miami Heat will begin their quest to jump out to a 2-0 series lead over their nemesis, the Boston Celtics.

After a relatively easy victory in game one, you better believe that everyone in the Heat locker room, from LeBron James to Erik Spoelstra, will be ready for a different Celtics squad on Wednesday. After all, they are a roster of champions, and champions make adjustments.

The question for Boston is, how much do they have left in the tank? Is it enough to make this series competitive?

Keys to a Heat Win

1. Don’t back down.

The Heat have already been warned by the likes of Rajon Rondo that the Celtics will come out gunning for the Miami players on Wednesday night. It will be up to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to set the tone early and establish their home court dominance.

This one could and probably get pretty chippy before the final buzzer, so as Terrell Owens once famously said, “Getchya popcorn ready!”

2. Role players

Again, another obvious point, but the importance of Miami’s role players stepping up cannot be overstated.  Mario Chalmers must continue solid play and sharp shooters Shane Battier and Mike Miller cannot afford to go cold if the Heat want to avoid letting a home win slip to the Celtics in game two.

Udonis Haslem’s presence will also be key, especially after all of the buzz of the C’s wanting to establish physical control from here on out.  We all know what happened last series when a certain Tar Heel product went after one of Haslem’s teammate.

3. Wade and James

In the end, no Heat fan is walking out of the American Airlines Arena with a smile on their face unless these two continue their incredible play. At the moment, they appear virtually unstoppable and it could be argued they are playing at a level that no tandem ever has before.

And the scary part for opposing teams is, it’s not just their athleticism. Wade and James have truly figured out how to play together in the half court and are beating defenses with much more than spectacular alley oops and street ball isolation plays. James has continued his strong post play as he leads all players with points in the paint in this year’s playoffs.

Honestly, if that continues, it’s rather difficult to see this aging Celtics team having any shot at beating this Heat team and advancing to the Finals.

Prediction

With Miami locked and loaded and James focused like never before, the Celtics won’t stand a chance.  Sure, they will keep it close, but the Heat will refuse to let one slip from under the rug at home.

Heat by 8.

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