- 05/17/2012, 06:37PM ET
J-Business said 05/17, 06:37 PM
This is a big question (as evidenced by a recent article in the T&R section)
Let's first assume that with all the hype, a failure would be to not win the title, so are they in trouble
I will definitely say yes.
The Heat are a very good team but they have serious flaws
For one, they finished the regular season arguably as the 4th best team (Bulls, Spurs, OKC) and this isn't a case of saving it for the post season
Now they are in a tough fight against the Pacers and it's tied 1-1 going to Indy
Now w/o Bosh, the Big 3 are down to 2
LeBron is the better talent, but Wade is a proven winner = dilemma in the 4th qtr
Having Bosh down low as a threat allow Wade and James the option to drive the lane with the option to pass. Now it doesn't exist
The Heat are literally getting nothing from any other players, nor does anyone expect them to
The Pacers have 5 starters who can score and energy off the bench
They also have a good big man and play D
If the Heat are able to beat the Pacers, I think the Celtics will expose their flaws
If not Boston, than definitely the Spurs or OKC
With all of the hoopla, for the Miami Heat, this is trouble
HighwayCrossingFrog said 05/18, 10:41 AM
No, miami is not in trouble..
We all know they are down 2_1..
but once bosh is healthy, they will start to steamroll as usual..
The bulls are dead.. End of discussion..
nba regular season is virtually meaningless..
its like best fat chick in a bikini contest..
Call me arrogant, but the pacers dont have household names..
if bosh was healthy, this is a sweep..
The celts have issues too..
everyone is jumpin on their bandwagon..
take out rondo and we are doomed..
Miami gettin to the finals is a success..
J-Business said 05/18, 04:30 PM
The Heat finished the season as the 4th best team in the NBA.
They are very weak in the post and they don't have a good pg
They are young but Chicago, OKC, Memphis and the Clippers are younger.
The Pacers don't have any household names but they have very good players and a much more complete team than Miami
They have a good point guard, a decent SG, a well rounded small forward, a seasoned PF and a very good young center.
Bosh is a key component, but without him, they still should not have gotten blown away
The really important thing here is that no one is really all that surprised
Everyone could see the holes in Miami's team
No point guard
LeBron and Wade play the same position, same style
As the playoffs go on, players get better but more importantly, the coaching units also get better
If Miami is having trouble with a young Indiana team, what do you think Doc Rivers is going to do with Rondo and Garnett?
What about Popovich?
Westbrook will go wild against Miami
Bottom line is that this Heat team has good parts but they simply don't fit together
Check out my other TD in which I mention trade options
HighwayCrossingFrog said 05/19, 09:04 AM
I do agree with you,
that the heat have holes and are an incomplete team..
with the bulls droppin out, the east is weak..
philie and boston are worse than indiana..
if they can just get by indian, (and they will once bosh is healthy)..
the heat will get to the finals..
and that must be considered a success..
J-Business said 05/20, 03:32 AM
The Heat are definitely in trouble and if they do get by Indiana, it will be by the skin of their teeth
This Heat team was supposed to be one of the "greatest teams ever" because they brought together a team that had 3 of the top 10 players in the NBA
The fact that they haven't finished as the #1 regular season team in the NBA since their inception
They are struggling in the second rd (not the Eastern Conference Finals of Finals)
LeBron and Wade increasingly are looking uncomfortable playing together
They have major holes and teams are exploiting it
The Miami Heat put a lot of money into this team and it's simply not turning out the way they planned
I don't see Micky Arison and Pat Riley sitting around and not doing anything about this
One thing is for sure is that both of them have tasted a title and they won't settle for anything less
It's a business and they'll make decisions (read trading Wade) because their goal is to win a title and their ultimate goal is to become a dynasty
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