- 06/07/2012, 12:18AM ET
Marlins Fan said 06/07, 12:18 AM
Imagine the Heat facing off against the Thunder in the Finals...
LeBron vs. Durant. Wade vs. Westbrook. Star power/no bench (Heat) vs. star power/no bench (Thunder). LeBron and his alleged fourth quarter disappearing act would be an intriguing story line, as would Durant's chances at establishing himself as the game's best player.
There are a lot of big names involved in the story lines and many people probably would prefer to see this particular matchup instead of Thunder-Celtics.
Although I do find myself sometimes getting caught up in the star power of OKC/MIA the truth is I know OKC-BOS would be a much better series.
The Celtics almost always play hard and with passion and intensity, obviously with Kevin Garnett setting the tone. The Celtics aren't a couple of huge names and a bunch of random spare parts; they're a cohesive team; a group of veterans and role players plus one underappreciated star, Rajon Rondo, who has been on fire of late and has single handedly carried his team during the occasions when his teammates have needed a lift.
The Heat hardly even play team ball. It's just LeBron and Wade.
BOS-OKC would be the better series.
cowace2 said 06/07, 11:08 AM
I'd rather see OKC and Miami. The reason? Good versus evil. The ultimate dynamic. The best entertainment. Every good storyline needs a heel. In this storyline, that would be the Heat.
We all love it. The Rebels versus the Empire. Allies versus the Axis. USA versus the Soviets. Superman versus Luthor. Everyone versus Jerry Sandusky. And so on.
The Heat have very graciously provided us plenty of ammunition with which to dislike them. "I'm takin' my talents to Souf Beach" was a great start. Artificially forming a half cocked dream team was a nice follow up. "I wanna get paid to play for my country" was the final straw. The Heat are a team of selfish arrogant entitled blowhards, and America hates them....for good reason.
The Thunder, on the other hand, are a group of humble, hardworking, family-first players. They're loyal to their community, they don't say dumb things, and they don't hate America. Kevin Durant might be the most likeable athlete in America right now. James Harden has an awesome beard. We love them.
Good versus Evil. It doesn't get any better.
Marlins Fan said 06/07, 10:41 PM
I'd rather see "evil" not partake in the Finals. I'm tired of seeing whiny cry baby athletes succeed and shiiiiit. Time for the "good" guys to square off.
Anyhoo, back to my premonition from my opening argument. Imagine Heat-Thunder, for real. Don't just think about the matchup on paper; try predicting what it would really be like. Something like this:
The Thunder take an early lead in Game One. Led by the fearless Kevin Durant, OKC continues their lead throughout the first half. In the third quarter Wade and LeBron take over, and headed into the fourth we have a close game. Should be exciting, right? Well it's not. LeBron mysteriously disappears in the fourth and a close game becomes a relatively easy Thunder win.
Game Two, Thunder take a first half lead. Third quarter sees Wade and LeBron stuffing the stat sheet again, but when the fourth quarter comes around LeBron is nowhere to be seen. Close game with 20 seconds left; LeBron has the ball and a chance to shoot for the win or tie. But he passes to like James Jones or some other random scrub (maybe Haslem, I don't know. Or care) who misses a shot and the Heat lose. Again.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
cowace2 said 06/07, 11:14 PM
"I'd rather see "evil" not partake in the Finals". Really? Are you sure?
How compelling is it when "good guys" contest something? When that happens, we don't care who wins. When we don't care who wins, it becomes boring.
Take pro wrestling for example. You've gotta have a heel in order for it to be proper entertainment. Who is the greatest pro wrestler of all time? Andy Kaufman, of course. The greatest heel ever to heel a heel. Why was he so great? He gave us something to cheer AGAINST!
The analogy I'm making here is that Lebron James is like a really big dumb Andy Kaufman. If you hate Andy Kaufman, well...that's just sad.
Marlins Fan said 06/08, 12:13 AM
Yeah man, I'm sure. I've had enough of the bad boys in sports competing for titles and whatnot. And it's not just bad boys; it's whiny self centered guys who skirt their League's/Association's cap rules and whatnot just to buddy up with each other. I don't like it, and I don't want to see LBJ/Wade/Bosh in the Finals.
But what this is really about is the quality of the basketball. Like I said before the Heat are a very shallow team; they're like that cheerleader from HS who everyone had a crush on but when you finally took her out it turned out she was an idiot, a ****, and just an overall bad person. Hot, but shallow. That's the Heat. LeBron and Wade are flashy as can be, but there's not much substance. The Heat can't hang with the Thunder because the Heat aren't a great team. They're a hollow collection of big names, with a leader who tends to fade in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics have the ultimate floor general in Rondo and a bunch of vets (Garnett, Allen, Pierce) who are battle-tested and know what it takes to close out a fourth quarter; close out a game; close out a series. Great team, the Celtics. T-E-A-M.
The Heat can't beat the OKC; the Celtics can.
cowace2 said 06/08, 09:48 AM
Your argument about "quality of the basketball" is a bit of a non sequitur.
Logically, if the Heat end up being the Celtics, then they would be the higher quality team, right? You can argue that the Celtics are the better T-E-A-M of course, but that isn't really true if they lose.
In any case, we watch sports for entertainment, and the entire situation would be far more entertaining if the Heat end up winning. Barkley's rants and Lebron jokes are way more fun than a bunch of angry New Englanders howling for yet another title. No one wants that, except for the New Englanders.
Ask yourself honestly...will you get more satisfaction and enjoyment from the Thunders beating the Celtics, or from them beating the Heat?
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