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How are the Heat NOT going to win?

So I keep hearing, "The Heat have no bigs, they can't win"

"They have no true PG, they can't win"

"Who's guarding Dwight? Shaq? Bynum?"

Ok, now... Let me be the bad person here.

Let's answer Dwight:

Listen, yeah they have nobody to guard him, but this guy is NOT going to score 30ppg over a playoff series against a team like the Heat.. Yeah he might average 23ppg, 14rpg vs the Heat in a playoff series, but you have to remember, Dwight averages 3.5 fouls per game and the other team has 2 vicious drivers named Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

Shaquille O'Neal:

What's the deal with this guy? He averaged 12ppg, 7rpg, he isn't brought on teams because he's a great offensive player (anymore), he's on this team to guard Bynum and Howard.. He plays about 25mpg and already picks up 3 fouls, now imagine in a playoff series vs LeBron and Dwyane. Guess what? The Heat have NO Bynum and Howard so they don't need to worry about Shaquille.

Andrew Bynum:

Will he even be healthy in the playoffs? 2nd of all, he picks up 3 fouls in 30 minutes, Wade and LeBron will probably up those numbers a little bit, a LOT bit. Bynum is a 15-8 guy, and he's not going to suddenly become this UNSTOPPABLE force in the Finals vs the Heat. He's not going to be some 25-13 guy that he really isn't.

All this being said, there are only 3 "dominant" bigs in the league, but this IS a team sport, I would take the Magic out of the conversation as a team that can beat the Heat. Celtics look to be getting older, can they even keep up with the Heat's speed? And of course, the Lakers vs Heat.. Match made in heaven.


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Didn't read your post but I

Didn't read your post but I can answer your question.

1. Eric cannot coach against the heavy weights.

2. The Heat aren't big enough.

3. The Heat can't shoot.

4. Lebron James is a loser, I wouldn't be surprised if he never won during his prime.

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Bigs

I think when your debating the "big" issue, you have to discuss defending the PF as well. How will the Heat deal with Gasol and Garnett? I think this is the spot where the Celts and Lakers really hurt the Heat, and I suppose you could include Orlando as well. And, if the Heat want to concentrate on keeping the other teams PF from going off, that is when the Center for each team really needs to step up. I don't think anyone is foolish enough to think they can go toe to toe with the Heat on the perimeter, but in the paint? As Marv "Back-biter" Albert likes to say........YES!

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If chalmers was 6''1, not

If chalmers was 6''1, not 6''2 the Heat would win many championships.

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Coaching in the NBA is

Coaching in the NBA is important but way overrated. This is a players league. Yes Phil Jackson has a ring for every finger but he has also coached Kobe, Pippen, Jordan, Shaq. Look at Doc rivers three years ago. The celtics couldnt make the playoffs and they got KG and Ray Allen and they won a championship the next year. Did Doc Rivers suddenly become that much of a better coach? NO. He got better players. Eric Spoelstra is going to be just fine this year. He has 2 of the top 5 players and 3 of the 10 ten players in the league and he would honestly have to try to mess up on purpose to screw it up. People say he is going to be on the hot seat but he is honestly going to have such as easy job with being the leader of that super talented team

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Coaching in the NBA is

Coaching in the NBA is important but way overrated. This is a players league. Yes Phil Jackson has a ring for every finger but he has also coached Kobe, Pippen, Jordan, Shaq. Look at Doc rivers three years ago. The celtics couldnt make the playoffs and they got KG and Ray Allen and they won a championship the next year. Did Doc Rivers suddenly become that much of a better coach? NO. He got better players. Eric Spoelstra is going to be just fine this year. He has 2 of the top 5 players and 3 of the 10 ten players in the league and he would honestly have to try to mess up on purpose to screw it up. People say he is going to be on the hot seat but he is honestly going to have such as easy job with being the leader of that super talented team

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Lolz, don't be silly Phil has

Lolz, don't be silly Phil has 11 rings in 19 seasons. A Phil Jackson team has never lost a series after winning game one. Think about that.

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So the Heat have no one for Dwight.. Last I checked, 27 other teams dont either.

The Heat only need a PG to play defense and hit open shots.

The Heat will be fine. TWO top 5 players on the wings doing much of the dribbling, passings, and scoring.

Before you ask who's going to contain Dwight, Boston down low and LA Big Men.... Who is going to contain what the Heat bring on Offense.

What they CAN do overshadows what they CANT do by a wide margin.

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I have to admit I kinda agree

I have to admit I kinda agree with the OP's point. The Bulls didn't have a good center or point guard either and they won 6 championships in 8 years. The Heat have 2 of the top 5 players in the league and three of the top 15 players in the league, it's not going to be easy to top that...

That being said I still think the Magic have a legit chance. Not only do the Magic have Dwight but they also have far better depth and can shoot lights out from deep. If Dwight can stay out of foul trouble and we hit our threes in the playoffs it could be a great series between the Magic and the Heat.

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Why I pick the Heat, and why it is difficult too

The reason I am picking the Heat to win the championship at this point pretty much stems from my heart more than my brain. As much as people hated this decision, and I somewhat struggled with it as well, in the end I love it. It is something different and something constructed by players rather than owners, plus with the attitudes of the management groups who lost out on the deal it really gives them no excuses. A somber and heartfelt hurt would have garnered more sympathy than throwing an angry hate spewed tantrum. But, besides that point, it is not hard to see why the Heat should be a championship contending team. The duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade rivals Kobe and Shaq as far as placement amongst the NBA's elite, and Chris Bosh is miles ahead of any third option those Lakers ever dreamed of having. These guys have all carried teams, though Bosh with of course limited success in his time with the Raptors, but nonetheless, these 3 players not only win, but dominate most of their match-ups on most given nights. You may say there is only one ball, and there will not be enough touches, but the thing about having 3 players of this caliber is, they will make the game so much easier for each other. I would not be overly surprised if all of them shoot above 50% from the field, they should all become much more efficient in their roles. Not to mention, those playing with these players will reap the benefits, and flourish off of the openings given by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. At crunch time, they have LeBron's amazing court sense and Wade's fearless ability to drive to the basket. Teams will more than likely be attacked inside from the get go, and hopefully Anthony has worked on his 15 foot jumper, because if he has not, than Haslem and Bosh will have their bread and butter. Everyone says that with this "Big 3", there is no Rondo and no Perkins (and I would add just for good measure, no James Posey, who was a key to their championship win). But, before Pierce, Allen and Garnett, there really WAS no Rondo and no Perkins, nobody knew what to expect from either player. They both had potential, but even when they won the championship there were gaping questions about Rondo's ability as a team leader and if Perkins could be a Center on a championship team. But, the attitude of the team changed, and a team that was damn near the bottom of the league, praying for Greg Oden, was built into a championship team. Now, you have three younger, better players, in the exact same positions, and they are supposed to be worse than said Celtics team because of those same questions that team had? I know it is gambling a bit, but I say those problems become less and less gaping as the season goes on, the Heat figure out what best suits them as a team, and they will get it together. That is why I predict Miami to have the best record in the league and in their first year, win the championship.

The reason this is such a difficult thing for me to do is of course, that glaring uncertainty. This Heat team may be have more talent in those first three spots than the Bulls 72-10, I know that sounds sacriligious but it could very well be true, but the NBA is constructed incredibly differently than when that team played. The top 4-5 teams in the league are not that far away from each other if everything goes right (injuries, chemistry wise) and I think the Lakers, Celtics and Magic are incredibly tough opponents. They are all deep teams and many of the core pieces have played together for a number of years. On top of that, I think as a team, the Lakers are so incredibly tough to beat. Sure, their is only so much Bynum can do to make a dent in the production of the Big 3, but their length and new role players could make them a serious problem for the Heat. Gasol, Odom and Bynum provide the most difficult combination of 4/5 players to play against in the league, and it is yet to be known if the Heat can neutralize them. So, while the Heat may be the most talented team 1-3, the Lakers I still believe are more than likely the best team 1-8 with all things considered. The Celtics bigs, could also really cause mismatches, and get some of the Heat players in foul trouble. Who knows how well the Heat can neutralize Shaq like most teams do in the pick and roll? The O'Neal's are still huge mismatches for most teams, and Bosh will really have to outplay Garnett. Rondo will more than likely be the wildcard again, but I am guessing that the Heat will not be as defensively bobbled with how to take him out of the game as the Cavs were. But, it is still an unknown. Almost everything I am saying about the Heat is just a prediction, so it is hard to forecast how good they will be as a team. Individual talent can only take you so far, and in the end it comes down to a number of different players filling roles to get to that championship level. For as great as Michael and Kobe were, they needed certain pieces to lead a group to a title. LeBron, Wade and Bosh are all great players, but there are still so many unknowns, and so much change over time that it is difficult to rely on the past a compass. But, in the end, I see the Heat's supporting cast being thought of radically differently than they were at the beginning of the season, and if that is so, than the Heat will more than likely be the best team in the game.

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"3. The Heat can't

"3. The Heat can't shoot."

First of all, Remember some guys named Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen? Yeah their strength was slashing, and guess what?! They won 6 championships!

And Phil Jackson hasn't lost a series after winning game 1, but then again, he always had the best teams. I'd like to see him coach the pistons and see how he does.

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Its not nesscarily Centers

Its not nesscarily Centers that they need to worry about its the PFs can Bosh honestly guard Gasol ,Garnett, Boozer, Amare, Dirk one on one.............Nobody respect him he is the 3rd wheel of this team, Shaq called him the Rupaul of Bigmen its no secret he is the toughest down low

another thing

Your John Bryant your not allowed to post anything serious so by order of NBAdraft rules and direct request from Aran Goodell you are ordered to change your avatar name and picture for illegal contact with my eyes or be hit harder than Desean Jackson

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Chris Bosh isn't going to

Chris Bosh isn't going to need to guard Dirk or Amar'e in the playoffs. And he's going to most likely only guard either Boozer or Garnett to get to the Finals. And Gasol isn't the strongest PF.

Plus, they do have a very tough backup in Udonis Haslem.

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Michael Jordan was a great

Michael Jordan was a great shooter.

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Defense

I think James and Wade will be able to contain any wing tandem in the league defensively. Especially against Orlando where they only have to worry about Vince Carter and Michael Pietrus. Lebron and Wade will be able to shut them down and dominate those match ups.

I agree with Mel, what the Heat can do (dominate the wing matchups with almost every team in the league) overshadows what they can't do (defend elite PF's and C's)

Thirdly I think that Bosh will cause a matchup problem for Gasol if they play the Lakers in the finals. Gasol had trouble with KG in the past who is the same type of offensive player as Bosh (I'm just comparing their offensive game, KG is the far superior rebounder and defender). If Bosh can draw Gasol away from the paint to make more room for James and Wade slashing I think that gives the Heat an advantage.

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The heat will lose 3 yrs

The heat will lose 3 yrs straight and the team will break up.

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Sup...I thought you were a

Sup...I thought you were a serious poster.

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Nope, Sup is an idiot. M.J.

Nope, Sup is an idiot.

M.J. was a great midrange shooter, he shot 32% from behind the 3pt line for his career. Learn something before you talk kid.

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championship year for them

if Lebron could be a whole team and take that team to the best regular season record, D wade with a ring and he carried his entire team to a fifth seed in the east and the Bosh will just end up being a solid roll player for them. D wade and lebron will take over the team and they will easily win it all

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Exactly, LeBrons team:

Exactly,

LeBrons team: Jamison/Mo Williams

60wins, guess what? Bosh is better than Jamison and Wade is a tad better than Williams. Just a tad tho. (Sarcasm)

And guess what? Bosh is better than J. O'Neal and LeBron is better than Beasley.

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I think the media wants to

I think the media wants to stir things up to make the season more interesting and its working. If you really sit and look at the heats lineup, they are building it like the bulls 70 or 72 win season. They had jordan who was the best in the league at the time, the heat has lebron ( 2 time mvp, kobe has 1), they have wade who is really a top 3 player in the nba compared to pippen who was a top 10 player in his prime. And lets not forget how wade too over the entire series to send dallas home. And bosh..............bosh is the xfactor in comparison to the bulls team because the bulls really didnt have a third guy, bosh is a top 10 player right now, arguably the best pf in the game statistically. If you compare his numbers to the all nba forwards of last year, bosh has better numbers than all of them, but again, the cast of characters always play a big part and we know bosh had NONE in toronto. He was like a great guy playing on a sorry team, wouldnt you leave too? The only boundary they will have to climb is chemistry among the role players, other than that, I see 4 rings in 6 years and the other 2 will be epic playoff defeats.

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6 in 6 years

6 in 6 years

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