The Bulls are going to break my heart
The Buills are like the girl who leads you along, but will never actually date you. You think that maybe they are going to beat the Heat, because they look the part, but we all know how this is actually going to end.
Yea, anyone who really thought the Bulls was going to beat the Heat in a 7 games series, especially with a banged up roster is delusional.
One thing I have noticed about this series is that the Heat is that I think the Spurs could beat them if that matchup occurs. They have the size and offensive rebounding in Duncan and Splitter to beat them on the glass, they have an explosive point that could get points and a guy, in Manu to bring them points in the 2nd unit, and an couple athletic wings (Green, Leonard) that could at least slow down Wade and Bron. Depth is going to give this year's heat issues. They're just not the same as last season, Wade looks a little slower, Battier looks slower, Haslem barely playes and although Cole has emereged, they're not as good as last season.
After watching these two games back to back, it looks like the Spurs have a favorable matchup when going against the Miami. Both matchups during the regular season neither team was playing will a full strength roster. The Heat look beatable...just not by Chicago.
To be honest, the only team I could see beating the Heat from the West are the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Heat need to be beat up for them to be beatable. The Spurs aren't a very physical team and they're in the bottom 10 in rebounds per game throughout the regular season.
The Grizzlies are the most physical team in the Western Conference and possibly in the entire playoffs.
Good point.Yeah, Allen and Prince would be huge assets against the Heat.
Not only can Allen and Prince defend Wade and James but the two biggest weaknesses for Miami (C & PG) would have the task of guarding Conley and Gasol.
They are essentially the West version of the Bulls; Blue collar, physical, defensive team with no real "star". I don't think theyd beat the heat in a 7 game series but they would be the team to do it.
As much as I like the way Memphis plays with their two bigs, you need to be able to score against the Heat. Allen and Prince are good defensively, but it just doesnt matter with Wade and James. They would get a ton of points in transition against Memphis.
I get where people are coming from about the notion that you need to muck the game up to beat Miami, which Memphis would be able to do, but they are almost too reliant on their big guys. Conley is a good PG, but he isnt going to dominate against the Heat scoring, Allen can't score, Prince isnt going to create for himself. There simply isn't enough diversity offensively imo.
I'm in the camp that thinks the Spurs have the best chance. Their ball movement would frustrate the crap out of Miami because they feast off dumb passes and poor shots to get run outs and transition buckets. The spurs have a good combo of ball movers, shot creators, and knock down shooters to complement Parker and Duncan.
Honestly the only way I see any team from here on out be it the Knick/Pacers or Spurs/Warriors/Grizzles beating the Heat are if they wrap up their series quick and the Heat are forced to keep duking it out with the Bulls and it just prevents them from gaining any rest. If they beat Chi in 5 games and Wade is allowed a week of rest along with the rest of the supporting crew then Miami is too deep and talented to lose 4 out of 7 to anybody this year.