Heat @ Pacers
David West abusing Miami's frontcourt. 16 pts in the first half on 6/7 shooting. Paul George and Bosh on foul trouble.
I really think Miami needs a defensive presence inside for them to repeat, someone who can be physical, swat shots and rebound. With Bosh playing mostly from the key, they dont have enough offensive rebounding. Offensive rebounds that they get are usually from long shot misses. Haslem is gritty but undersized.
Lol the french broadcasters covering this game are making fun of erik spoelstra, they compared his anger after that technical foul to a little boy when his hot chocolate isn't warm.
I'd talk about their flaws, but they have the same flaws they had last year. So it doesn't really matter. Indianna is just playing harder and showing they aren't a team to be messed with. And if they repeat or not, depends on LeBron James.
Lebron needs to start becoming that league leading scorer he says he can be at time like this when they're down by this much. He has had a really good game though. David West has been great, Paul George has been good, hasn't shot much but at least he isn't forcing it.
The East is not a Cake Walk for Miami this season, Chicago and Indiana are already giving them trouble and each team is still going to get Rose and Granger back respectively. New York should regain it's mojo now that Ray Felton is back and Amare rounding into shape, Brooklyn might not be a threat per say but they have enough talent to at least make the Heat work. And imagine having to go through Boston in the first round, they might not have a shot of actually winning, but you can bet KG and his boys aren't going down without a fight. The East may not be as stacked all around as the West, but there are still some legit threats to the Heat.
And just to point out, if the Heat lose tonight, they will fall to 11-11 on the road. Even Milwaukee has a better road record, as well as all top 5 seeds in the West. I know they're playing down the their opponents, but they can't just "flip the switch" whenever they want to. If they rely on that, they'll be caught off guard by an able and pumped up team.
They need to stop giving the ball to Stephenson. Had like 3 straight turnovers. He must develop a better decision making with the ball in his hands.
Happy to see Orlando Johnson get some PT, he didn't do much with it but I met this kid on his recruiting trip to LMU and we partied hard. He played his freshman year at LMU and was the best player on a team that won 5 games before transfering to UCSB where he became confrence player of the year. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think he'd play in the nba but happy to see it.
hahaha, heat lose. lebron didn't do enough.
Stephenson's decision making has been one of his strong points in the past, if you watch him over the course of the game he makes a lot of simple but effective passes which demonstrate his vision. He's especially good finding people out of the pick and roll, so cut the guy some slack.
The Pacers match up very well with the Heat.
Danny Granger's return is close. The Pacers no longer need him to be a star... Just be another offensive threat on the floor and provide better spacing for the bigs.
IF the Pacers could somehow get the top seed and have home court advantage, watch out.
Although that is feasible because the Pacers are only 3 back of the Heat and one back in the win column, they can also slip as far back as 6th or 7th with the East as tight as it is. But if they can figure a way to get Granger in the flow, they could be very dangerous.
Although I do believe the Heat will be back in the Finals this year, I believe the Pacers will definitely give them problems if they meet. Im not big on the Bulls posing a threat, but they are a very good defensive team. The Pacers however are solid all around and can play defense as well as score from all angles consistently. Im here to talk about the Heat though. I think their team EXPECTS Lebron to do everything. It seems as if they are a smart efficient team, but from watching them continuously, i see that it's all Lebron. He makes super smart plays. Finds the right person in the right position. He wont throw the ball to Shane Battier if Ray Allen is wide open. He wont throw the ball to Udonis Haslem if Bosh is open. That takes me to Haslem, he's supposed to be the tough guy on the team but he does NOTHING TOUGH. Chalmers and Wade make ALL THE WRONG DECISIONS.... Their decision making and shot selection is terrible. Wade chooses the wrong times to take crazy shots instead making the simple shot. Chalmers tries to make a fancy pass every chance he gets. And on Defense, it seems like everybody fouls intentionally now instead of just contesting the shot or either just trying to block the shot. Lance Stephenson drove to the goal yesterday and Bosh just grabbed him instead of blocking the shot. HE's 6'11! As someone stated above, its up to Lebron to do everything for this team. No knock on Lebron but with the emergence of these other teams, the Heat may be in trouble.