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General NBA Playoffs 2011 Thread

Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by MikeHoncho, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. finfansince72

    finfansince72 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I don't think any of this 18 month stuff was said during the season and the playoffs when it looked like the Heat were going to waltz through the East and then the Finals, its nice afterwards to claim this is a "2 year project" but we both know thats just ridiculous. This team had plenty of talent to win it all this year.

    Yeah Dallas outplayed them, clearly, it wasn't even really that close in the Final game, the Heat were beat fair and square. But the Heat had the stars, homecourt and an amazing opportunity to win the Finals, it was a choke. When you are the underdog and outmanned you get outplayed, when you have more talent you choked. I don't think this needs much explanation.

    I think the Heat are still the team to beat next year, there isn't any reason to think they won't be in the Finals again next year. Maybe this years run will add some motivation and improve their play but I don't see why in hindsight now people can claim they didn't have enough pieces or whatever, it was just a choke. I'm sorry but you can't stack a team like this with superstars and throw victory rallys before the season, make the statements the team and fans have made and then start claiming they didn't have enough players, its just silly at this point to make claims like that.
     
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  2. PhiNomina

    PhiNomina White-Collar Redneck Club Member

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    But as much of a disaster as Bibby ended up, Chalmers played at a very high level (seriously, where did that come from?).

    I'd like to see their usage rates in comparison to other teams. I could be wrong but I'd have to image that an upgrade at PG and C would still have minimal impact as the amount of time those players have the ball in their hand is not a huge number. I could see defensively, but isn't Anthony more of a defensive specialist? Was he that bad defensively?

    But again, LeBron was on Jet when he made a lot of his big plays, so it is still a matter of execution from the Big 3.

    I'm not demeaning the Heat - I know what LeBron can do and fully expect him to come out next year and dominate. Just seems from watching the Heat that the role players did their job and it comes down to the Big 3.
     
  3. Stringer Bell

    Stringer Bell Post Hard, Post Often Club Member

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    And if you look at the production and efficiency of the Big 3 in the Finals, it will most likely be very comparable to what they did against Boston and Chicago. There was a reason Chris Bosh was shooting wide open 17 footers in the Finals, and its because the defense was forced to ignore him.
     
  4. Section126

    Section126 We are better than you. Luxury Box

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    Joel Anthony is GREAT defensively. But he is a black hole offensively and forces the Team to play 4 on 5. he is best as a specialist off the bench. Look at what happened in the Chicago series. Yes, the Heat beat them 4-1..but those games were closer than they should have been because the Bulls had a size advantage inside.

    the Heat need to erase that. for a team that drives as much as the Heat, it would help to have a 7 footer that can finish.

    Bibby was a 20 minute a night albatross in the playoffs.

    Remember that I am not talking about plugging holes to win a title next year. I am talking about building a team that can sustain a prolonged run of title attempts.
     

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