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(streetball.com)

That’s right Lady’s and gentlemen the Miami Heat are two games away from bring back another Title to Miami, and for Lebron to get his long awaited hard earned ring!

After losing Game 1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City the Heat haven’t looked back. Game one Kevin Durant showed what he was made of, being undoubtedly the second best player in the world. When Game 2 came around Dwyane Wade unleashed his inner beast as him and Chris Bosh tied up the series at one a piece. Then in Sundays Game 3 Lebron did what he does best, he played like he’s the greatest in the world!

Now, with all that said what is the key to the trophy case that holds the championship trophy? First is who will play better tonight in Game 4 Lebron or Kevin Durant. If OKC goes down 3-1 they are done no team in the history of the finals has come back from that deficient. That’s why tonight I think you’ll see a different KD who attacks the basket more and is stronger on defense. KD is going to give it his 110% tonight but he will come up short as the Heat take this one. Lebron has a different mentality than he had before there’s no doubt that he won’t let this championship slip through his hands after everyone has been criticizing him. He’s been to the Finals twice before and he lost both of those times, he knows what it takes; as we have seen from him this postseason he is a monster, he is not human and that monster Lebron is averaging 30 points in the Finals and it seems as if no one can stop him, he’s a force to be reckoned with. But I’m telling you right now he is only half of the key for Miami to win this championship, the great contribution from Wade and Bosh is also a big key; make sure to not overlook the major contribution from Shane Battier in these games. That is what is the K.O punch every time for the Thunder the relaxed defense they play on Battier. Mike Miller played big in Game 3 also recording a couple blocks a steals and even some points. I don’t care if he misses those three pointers as long as he contributes. now back to Lebron, Lebron has shown he has the clutch gene, and actually has become more clutch this series than Durant. He’s hit more free throws (which he’s usually poor at). Those are two crucial components that lock up why Miami will have tonight’s game.Now when it comes to the Thunder I think Westbrook is doing a really poor job yea he’s averaging 20 some odd points a game but he’s not distributing the ball enough to KD. And why wouldn’t you start James Harden? There’s a lot of things that need to happen in that locker room for Oklahoma to win the championship let alone another game.

Word has arose that Serge Ibaka has said and I quote,”LeBron is not a good defender. He can play defense for 2 to 3 minutes but not 48.” Here’s my problem with this I know Ibaka is by far the best defensive player on the court but you are down 2 games to 1 and are on the verge of losing the championship to Lebron therefore, you can’t say anything! Then Durant to have the audacity to go up to Wade and say your to short!First of all, Wade is a Finals MVP who are you to say anything to the man! The Thunder are letting the series get to their head, they are cracking under the pressure while Miami is now use to it. It’s as simple as that!

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(Bleacher report)

The Miami Heat are two wins away from booking their ticket to the NBA for the second consecutive season.

Although, Boston came out full fire in game three , expect tonight’s game to belong to Miami. The Heat have something to prove, and they aren’t about to let the Boston Celtics even up the series. If Miami could pull in a win tonight in Boston, it would be big.

The key to tonight’s game is Kevin Garrnet. If Miami’s big men can contain KG and Rajon Rondo the game is theirs. Yet, thats only half of the key to winning the game. The other key, rebounding! Every single game that has happened thus far the winner has led the game in rebounding, so it only makes sense to focus on it right? Well, it should be interesting since Heat forward Chris Bosh will be out once again, with that abdominal strain that has kept him inactive for the two series ( this series and the series verse Indiana).

With Bosh out, Dwyane Wade and Lebron James can expect nothing less than extra tough defense from Boston. As we saw Wade has been getting double teamed and it starting to effect him shooting only 9 of 20 resulting in 18 points in Game 4;  that was his second poorest performance this post season. He can’t have games like that especially with Bosh out!

Mario Chalmers has come out big for the Heat this post season when it comes to his offense, but his defense needs a little tweaking. Mario has been matched up with  3 point specialist and NBA leader in 3 pointers Ray Allen. When it comes to his defense he’s a little slow off that first step and Allen has no problem hitting down those 3’s. Miami’s biggest problem is Rondo. They can not. I repeat can not let him have such an easy game scoring triple doubles.

The game is in the Hands of the Heat, can they expose the aging Celtics?


The Oklahoma City Thunder had been beat by the L.A Lakers in 2010 and then the Dallas Mavericks in 11′  who both went on to win the NBA Finals in those given years. This year the tables have been turned OKC beat the Mavs in the first round and the Lakers last night.

OKC has ousted the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Western Semi-Conference Finals to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the second straight year in a row.

Kobe had an astonishing 42 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in last nights game; That wasn’t enough to stop the Dynamic Duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook who combined for 53 points. Durant had 25 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals; Westbrook added 28 points and 4 assist.

The Lakers lost the game and the series for a couple of reasons. It’s great that Kobe went off, and scored 42 points but he had ZERO assists; You can’t win a series let alone a game without good ball movement. The Thunder almost doubled the amount of assists the Lakers had, racking up 20 while L.A only had 12.

Rebounding was also a factor. Whoever controls the boards wins the games it’s as simple as that. You would expect L.A who is paying Andrew Bynum and Paul Gasol 33.6 million alone on the two starters to bring down more than 20 rebounds put together. Bynum had a terrible game like honestly, the man is seven feet tall and he could only manage to bring down four rebounds. That’s a shame and honestly embarrassing .  The Lakers got man handled on the boards bring down only 35 when OKC brought down 51.

OKC now looks foreword to Game 1 against the Spurs in the Conference Finals!

 


(L.A times)

The Miami Heat will try to keep their boat afloat tonight against the Indiana Pacers as Miami will be missing a vital piece to their puzzle. Chris Bosh will be inactive for an uncertain amount of time with an abdominal strain. Bosh is a critical part to Miami’s game. Don’t say he’s not because he is, if Chris Bosh wasn’t a big part of this Miami Heat team then why did they come together they came together because Lebron James and  Dwyane Wade couldn’t do it themselves, alone. There is no doubt that James and Wade will have put an extra load on their back for rest of this series and potentially the rest of the playoffs. As Espn’s first take said earlier today,” It is Lebron (James) time to shine.” James held Pacer’s forward Danny Granger to one made shot during game one (not including free throws which he went 4-4 on), and then he scored 32 points. I think the Heat will still win this game and the series, and it will be a close one.

How about the Conference Finals where they could possibly meet the Boston Celtics?  James will need to play at the MVP caliber he has been playing at in order to make up for Bosh’s absence, because the Celtics may be an old team but they have one thing the Heat don’t have with or without Bosh, a big defensive man. Kevin Garnett will attack them at full force, he will have a field day if Bosh isn’t available, but one man especially KG, cant win a series by themselves. If Wade and James can play a decent defensive series against the Celtics and especially Rajon Rondo,Ray Allen and Paul Pierce they could book themselves another ticket to the Finals. Miami’s big two doesn’t have to completely shut them down but they do have to make their presence aware.

Also on Espn today they talked about If the Heat didn’t win the Championship what that would do to James’s status, and they were arguing with each other if James should get a free pass if he doesn’t end up winning it all this year because of Bosh’s injury. My opinion he should, but most people will argue that he shouldn’t. I know Michael Jordan didn’t really have anyone other than Scottie Pippen, but once you start playing with people you get accustomed to having them there. To suddenly take someone in this case a big factor out of the equation, it leaves the team stranded they have to adjust and frankly even though Heat coach Erik Spolstra is saying that he will prepare as if they will not have Bosh for the remainder of the series against the Pacers, it will take longer than a week or two to adjust having to play with Joel Anthony. Thankfully the Heat have Udonis Haslem and Ronny Turiaf . If Lebron makes it to the Finals for the third he has to close it off. The people of Miami and of the entire will talk so much trash saying although he is great he is only like Charles Barkley, but thats not even the point, It will be so devastating to James that all three times he couldn’t claim the prize as his own.

With all that said, I think that even with a critical blow to the Heat with Bosh out they will still win. James can’t let it slip through his hands this time. He has the mind set to get this done, because he knows that his legacy is on the line between being know as the next MJ or just some future hall of famer. Three times the charm right?

 


(Espn.com)

This Miami Heat have officially moved on to the second round; the Heat beat the NewYork Knicks in game five.

It was the big plays from Heat Forward Chris Bosh that blazed Miami into the second round where they will face the Indiana Pacers.  Bosh finished this game with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 steal. Ever since Bosh has had a child he’s become a whole new player. We have never seen this tenaciousness and explosiveness coming from him.

Dwyane Wade also finished with 19 points; showing us how great he really is. Wade hit back to back to back shots during the second quarter, and it seemed as if he couldn’t be stopped. Then, his defensive game became a major factor for New York as he recorded 2 blocks. Wade also finished the game with four rebounds. Expect him to keep fire as they continue into the second round.

Lebron James was the most productive player for the Heat yet again, bringing down rebounds, dishing 7 assist, swipping away 2 steals, swatting away a shot, and scoring 29 points. Yet somehow, despite the good efforts on defense by Lebron, Carmelo was able to score a remarkable 35 points. After the game Lebron stated that, “We will savor this win tonight, and then we get to work tomorrow and get ready for Indiana.” He shows exactly how dedicated he is as his quest for a championship ring continues.

This game was a well fought game both offensively and defensively.  It was a critical game for Miami, if New York would have won, the series would have been 2-1, then, they would have to go back to New York where the Knicks could have forced a game seven, and inevitably pull off a come back win to move on; Something only a select few teams have been able to accomplish before. Finishing it off at home gives Miami time to rejuvenate and get ready for the Pacers in round 2.

Miami is truly showing that they have what it takes to win it all.


Today at 3:30 pm est the Miami Heat will try and add the final blow to knock out the New York Knicks at the Garden. Miami has a 3-0 series lead on New York and look to sweep the series. The Heat know that they’re going to have to come out guns blazing if they want to win this one, because New York is going to give it their all, 110% because it will be the first time in the history of this rivalry that there will be a sweep. Now as we know Lebron, Wade and Bosh will be big key factors in today’s game if they plays like he did on Thursday, but look for James Jones, Mike Miller, and Udonis Haslem to come out strong for Miami also. When it comes to New York, Carmelo will be the big factor, if he can get going like he did during the regular season vs the Heat expect New York to pull away with the victory in tonight’s game. When Melo spoke to the press yesterday he said this,”Not winning at all, it hurts, I feel that, I go home at night, I think about that. But right now my focus is for tomorrow. Them three games is behind us, and tomorrow is all we’ve got.” He then went on to say,” It won’t sit well, if you get swept it’s embarrassing because you’ve come in and weren’t able to get one game from a team; so I definitely don’t want to go down like that. With all this talk from Melo I expect them to come away with a win tonight even though I’m a Heat fan. New York is going to show us something we have never seen from them before and I think it’s going to catch Miami by surprise. Amare Stoudemire is a game time decision, he had taken part in full practice yesterday so I think he will get some minutes tonight.


                                                                                    ( from espn.com)

It was the defending champion Dallas Mavericks that were the first to be sent back home packing. The Oklahoma City Thunder completed the first series sweep in the playoffs this year. The Thunder took game four 103-97 in Dallas. Dirk  Nowitzki and the Mavs had a 13 point lead on Kevin Durant and the Thunder in the fourth quarter until James Harden scored 15. I mean what do you expect when its one guy vs three. Dirk is the only big time player Dallas has, and OKC has Durant, Russell Westbrook and Harden. Harden finished with 29 points (leading OKC), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block. When Harden spoke with the press he had this to say about his performance,”I got into attack mode, I was determined to make plays.”  Dirk can’t handle three different threats at once. That’s why Dallas doesn’t look like the same team they were a little less than a year ago when they beat the Miami Heat to win the NBA Championship. Mark Cuban will really need to bring in some key players to surround Nowitzki if he ever wants a Championship contending team again. Jason Kidd might have played his last NBA game being the oldest player on the court at the age of 39. So  Mark Cuban is just losing talent left and right. Dallas just became the second team (who was the defending champs) in the past five seasons to have been swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs. OKC now awaits to play the winner of the L.A Lakers v.s Denver Nuggets series.