- 03/26/2012, 11:00AM ET
Ziggy The Fresh Prince Of Cali said 03/26, 11:00 AM
Last Night Was A Perfect View of what Will probably be a finals Match-up Between the Young Stars of the OKC thunder And the Experienced All-Star Miami Heat. Going in to this One I though it was going to be a battle to the buzzer, but as i watched it was anything but that...
My Contender Is the Thunder And Pretender is the Heat
I will Start off By Saying the Thunder Looked Like the Team that Will Be taking Home the Title Not Miami..... Easy Passing From Durant To the Bigs in the Paint really Disabled their inside Defense And their Own Lockdown Defense in the Paint Kept Miami from feasting off the easy scores they usually get...
Miami Was Careless and Really Stopped trying after the 4th Quarter... Their Defense was dissected By Durant's easy passing and The Inside Scoring.... Other than that The Thunder Made Miami Look Weak Since the Heat Couldn't Get in the Paint...
Harden Won Against Bosh in the Battle Of the 3rd Wheel And Proved That He Could Be Much More Than Just the 3rd wheel on this team.... And To Tell You the Truth, If westbrook Was on his game last night the heat would have had a worse loss....
DJRoxalot said 03/26, 12:19 PM
My contender is the Chicago Bulls and my pretender is the same team as yours, the Miami Heat.
The Bulls are 12-4 without star PG Derrick Rose. CJ Watson and John Lucas III are not great PG's, but they are capable players who know the system and how to run it. While Rose is a great player, these other 2 players are merely caretakers of the offense.
Winning without Rose basically means is they are a very well coached and prepared team. Tom Thibodeau is an excellent defensive coach and he puts his players in position to win. That's what an excellent coach does. He creates an offense that takes advantage of his players strengths and maximizes them to their fullest.
The Bulls are a mentally strong team.
Miami lacks intestinal fortitude and can't handle the bright lights of pressure situations. It is rather surprising since Wade has a Finals MVP, but I think there is an internal conflict on who is the leader. Wade or James? And it seems to show when James shies away from taking key shots down the stretch in close games.
Ziggy The Fresh Prince Of Cali said 03/26, 03:11 PM
So your thinking A OKC Vs. Bulls Finals To Huh????
Now I Liked Your Argument and How You Said that the Bulls Are A "Mentally Strong Team" And I Agree... Thibodeau Has turned this team into a Monster With Rose at the Helm.... But I honestly don't believe that The Bulls Could beat the Thunder in a 7 game series without rose...
He's Been Out of 16 games this season.... That's Not good when your the go to guy in the Playoffs... and A PG like Westbrook Will Take Advantage of The CJ watson and Lucas If Rose Is Hurt...
Durant is the Crucial Piece Of this team, No Question.... Miami Which Prides itself On Inside Defense Got Dismantled By Durant's Easy Passing To the Bigs Inside..... And I think that He Would Have the Same Results if he faced chicago in the finals because he's too good to play Mano y Mano and Defense have to respect him when he goes inside freeing up someone to make the easy dunk...
And I said last night that OKC's Bigs Are Better Than Miami's Bigs And think they Have a Slight edge over Chicago's Bigs As well.... The Limited Miami To VERY FEW Buckets in the Paint And scored some buckets themselves...
I Agree with your last paragraph...
DJRoxalot said 03/26, 03:30 PM
This isn't an NBA Finals TD. You said it yourself, it's a Contender/Pretender TD.
The Bulls are an awesome team and Thibs has them overachieving without Rose.
With Rose, this is the best team in the NBA. Carlos Boozer has come on strong as of late. He has 11 double doubles on the season and had a great game vs the Magic. He had 24 points (12 of 18 shooting) and 13 rebounds vs the Magic. In the last 5 games, he is averaging 17.8ppg and 9.2rpg, well above his season averages.
The Bulls are also blessed with an excellent defender in Luol Deng. He does a great job against LeBron James. And I think he would do a good job on Durant, if the Thunder make it to the Finals. In a 7 game series where you play the same opponent, adjustments are key in a playoff series. Deng would get some help, byt by himself he is an excellent and underrated defender.
OKC is a jump shooting team that is very streaky and they have a PF-C duo that is barely averaging a combined 12ppg. That will hurt them in the playoffs, especially if they go cold on the jump shots.
Ziggy The Fresh Prince Of Cali said 03/26, 03:47 PM
What You Said About OKC Is True..... They Are A Jump shooting Team.... But Durant Is Expanding his Game And Becoming A Play-Maker and If He Keeps passing the Ball Like He Did against the heat it will be hard to beat the thunder....
And The Bigs are their for defense Ibaka Leads the League in Blocks and If A Great Defensive Player..... Perkins Is Also A Great Defensive Player and loves to bang..... both of these guys can shut down the paint on a team and make it hard to score.... Scoring over 10 Points a game for both is icing on the Cake
And the Thunder have the best 6th man in the NBA in James Harden... The Kid is Excellent and can provide instant points and get the energy and momentum back on the Thunder's side....
Not to Mention Westbrook Can Score the Ball as Well Which Makes Playing Him A Challenge....
And Like i said..... Rose Has Got to Be Healthy to be a true threat to the Thunder.... He Makes them go and is their go to guy in the clutch..... but if he's hurt and not playing then the bulls are not going to win in a seven game series against the best team in the west.
Good TD, DJ!!!!
DJRoxalot said 03/26, 05:47 PM
"But Durant Is Expanding his Game And Becoming A Play-Maker and If He Keeps passing the Ball Like He Did against the heat it will be hard to beat the thunder...."
Durant averages 3.6apg, 3rd on OKC. Lets not make him out to be the next LeBron James or Andre Iguodala as far as being able to run the offense through them. The Thunder are stuck with Russell Westbrook running their offense.
For better or worse.
Perkins and Ibaka are just fine at defending, but to win in the playoffs....You have to be able to score in the low post.
I have no question Rose will be just fine in the postseason. The Bulls realize the regular season means very little in the grand scheme of things and are being cautious now because they want to win when it matters....In the playoffs.
"Not to Mention Westbrook Can Score the Ball as Well Which Makes Playing Him A Challenge...."
That brings up a great topic. Westbrook has it in his head he needs to score more and his apg have been declining. He averaged over 8apg the last 2 years, but is averaging just 5.4apg (18th in the NBA) to 3.8 TO's a game (3rd worst in the League among PG's).
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