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Old 05-03-2012, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Born & Raised DC > Carolinas > Seattle > Denver
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I absolutley can't stand lebron, but he's probably the best player in the league right now.

And the eastern conference has pretty much rolled out the red carpet for the heat to make the finals. Rose is out for the Bulls, Josh Smith might be done in Atlanta...
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:23 PM
 
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I've never understood the LeBron hate. I agree that having 'the decision' was a terrible idea. It just sent the wrong message. Even so, people should get over it.

LeBron will get back to the Finals. It's just a matter of whether they can get over the hump. I suspect they'll play one of three teams: Thunder, Spurs, or Lakers. All three present slightly different challenges, but all can be overcome.

The Lakers present the challenge of size and experience in big games, but the Heat are more athletic and their defense would have no problems shutting down L.A.'s offense.

The Thunder and Spurs would be more difficult. I think the Heat would rather face San Antonio. No disrespect to the Spurs, because they're doggone good this year. But it comes down to the fact that the Heat would rather take their chances with age and court savvy than youth and athleticism. Both teams are impressive, but the Thunder can do things that just can't be prepared for in a video room.
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:57 AM
 
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The Lakers present the challenge of size and experience in big games, but the Heat are more athletic and their defense would have no problems shutting down L.A.'s offense.

The Thunder and Spurs would be more difficult. I think the Heat would rather face San Antonio. No disrespect to the Spurs, because they're doggone good this year. But it comes down to the fact that the Heat would rather take their chances with age and court savvy than youth and athleticism. Both teams are impressive, but the Thunder can do things that just can't be prepared for in a video room.
I would pick the Spurs over the Heat, should they meet. I think the Spurs are a more cohesive and deeper unit. How Miami matches up against the Lakers depends on how much LA can exploit their advantage inside, or if Kobe somehow gets lulled into a showdown with his two perimeter contemporaries Lebron and Wade. But make no mistake, the Lakers are far more dangerous at this point, then they were when the season started. I thought they were at best a second round team. Now, it wouldn't shock me to see them go right through to the finals.

I think their best shot is against the Thunder, who don't have the inside game to hurt Miami, and the Heat's big 3 are easily capable of matching the Durant/Westbrook/Harden trio offensively. Experience factor goes to Miami in that one as well, while also being able to match OKC athletically.
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:11 AM
 
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obviously i am picking the spurs. the notion that the spurs are "old" is just ridiculous.
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Old 05-04-2012, 06:12 AM
 
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obviously i am picking the spurs.
No way!!

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Old 05-04-2012, 06:28 AM
 
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No way!!

yeah huh!
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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obviously i am picking the spurs. the notion that the spurs are "old" is just ridiculous.

The Spurs are sort of like the NBA version of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Every year people count them out, say they are too old, over the hill, etc... and almost every year they make a deep playoff run and win a title every few years.

I agree with some of the previous posts regarding how the Heat match up with possible opponents from the West. My money would be on the Spurs and Lakers against the Heat but I would think that the Heat can beat the Thunder.

Should the Heat lose I'm sure many out there will somehow try and blame Dan Gilbert and Cavs fans for their loss.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:27 PM
 
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I think Heat would lose against Spurs or Lakers as well and their best shot would be with Thunder. Next year I think any of the top 3 West would beat Heat. If Rose can stay healthy the Bulls might stop the Heat from even making the finals next year.
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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I think that Lebron is clearly showing signs that he wants the burden off his back, and is showing a determinaton and drive that some of his detractors didnt think was there.

He clearly is the best player in the nba who has never won a title-----I really like his chances this year, especially if the Heat can continue to get something off the bench from Battier, Miller, Anthony, and Haslem.

I think their biggest challenge will be from San Antonio------they are a tough bunch-----tough professionals, very deep, and very well coached. Duncan is a free agent and also suspect he wants to prove something-------do not sell the Spurs short by any means.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:18 AM
 
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I would pick the Spurs over the Heat, should they meet. I think the Spurs are a more cohesive and deeper unit. How Miami matches up against the Lakers depends on how much LA can exploit their advantage inside, or if Kobe somehow gets lulled into a showdown with his two perimeter contemporaries Lebron and Wade. But make no mistake, the Lakers are far more dangerous at this point, then they were when the season started. I thought they were at best a second round team. Now, it wouldn't shock me to see them go right through to the finals.

I think their best shot is against the Thunder, who don't have the inside game to hurt Miami, and the Heat's big 3 are easily capable of matching the Durant/Westbrook/Harden trio offensively. Experience factor goes to Miami in that one as well, while also being able to match OKC athletically.
I see it a little differently. I see OKC having three guys who can attack the rim, starting with Westbrook and Durant. They also have good D. Teams will put more pressure on Westbrook than Dallas did, but I don't know if it matters; OKC's more mature now. I think even if Westbrook has a bad game, they just shrug it off and play well the next night. I like Ibaka and I also like the maturity of Fisher and Perkins. That team's physical and built to win this year. I'd still say the Heat are the favorites, but only slightly.

But yeah, the Thunder are not a lock to get past SA. Beating the Spurs will be a monumental challenge for OKC. It would mean a lot to take on an experienced, functional team like San Antonio, and manhandle them.
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