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The reigning NBA champion Miami Heat and MVP Lebron James are coming off not only a memorable season, but a historic one. The Heat are going into this season aiming to become back-to-back champs.

The Heat have finally secured the first seed in the Eastern conference after battling the New York Knicks night in and night out but are only a half a game ahead in the East and overall are 6th in the league standing. Miami’s key players already made an imprint on the league, LeBron James won NBA player of the week for the 38th time (most in NBA history) just last month.

One reason the Heat will win yet another title this season is due to the teams great chemistry. With star players James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh who have played together for three years, have all played on the Olympic team twice and have age and experience over younger teams like the L.A Clippers who are young. Miami’s big three is simply the best in the league even compared to that of the L.A Lakers’ Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, or the Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace.

Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have also played together on the Seattle Supersonic. Also the team’s veteran leadership from players like Allen, Lewis, Wade, Bosh, and James gives the Heat an edge over dynamic teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Clippers.

As the Heat look to repeat, Miami has already made an unstoppable team even greater. With the off-season additions of Allen and Lewis to the already exhilarating three-point specialist, Mike Miller and Shane Battier, Miami will easily be the best team from beyond the arc this season.

Yet, not only is Allen an astonishing  three-point specialist, but he can help secure wins. Allen already has two game winning shots under his belt this season. The addition of Allen is truly the piece to the puzzle the Heat have been looking for to bring back yet another title to Miami.

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LeBron James has finally proved all the haters as he beat out Kevin Durant in the NBA Finals last week!

James and the Miami Heat took the series 4-1 as they brought home their second trophy in six years last Thursday. James was the only one who the media  seemed to focus on, but in Game 5 it wasn’t so much of Lebron as it was Mike Miller and other role players. This is the moment up until then James has only fantasized about; this is the entire reason the “Big 3″ came to join forces in Miami to win an NBA Championship.  James had 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assist as the Heat trampled their way over the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the Championship in Game 5.That was James only  triple double of the season and I’m talking pre, regular, and post this year. Miller went 7-8 on three pointers and scored 25 points, and went down as the greatest shooting to ever have taken place in the NBA Finals.

There are plenty of factors that led to Miami winning. First of all, Miami has the Big 3. I know you are going to say so does Oklahoma City with Durant, Russel Westbrook and James Harden, but the only player that I saw make a difference was Westbrook. Harden had the biggest struggle I’ve ever seen when it came to an offensive performance, and after Game 1 Lebron shut down Durant. Westbrook had a 42 point game but one guy can win it all for a team.

Miami simply outplayed Oklahoma City. Miami had experience in these types of games before, and it showed. You saw many things from questionable calls made by both the players and coaching staff. That’s not a problem with the Heat because they have one aspect that no one other than the Lakers organization and the Knicks organization know about and that is the man who brought everything together the man in the front office Pat Riley. Riley has won his share of championships 5 as a head coach to be exact. And when it comes to players. Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem just six years ago were celebrating their first NBA championship win. Also, LeBron has been in these situations before he was more determined than anyone else on that court to win it all twice before he’s been to the Finals and twice before he’s lost. If he didn’t win it this year I think his legacy would be hurt, which brings me to my next point.

Now Skip Bayless ESPN First take analysis can and needs to shut up and stop talking this crap! I’m glad that Mark Cuban called him out and destroyed him on TV because it put Bayless in his spot. Skip said before Game 5  that i quote,” There is no pressure on LeBron.” LeBron needed to show just how strong he is, he had to win Game 5 because if the series would have went back to OKC we could be looking at a different scenario. It would have hurt his legacy to have not won a ring, he would have been the next Charles Barkley, it  would have been almost the biggest failure to have left a home town, join with 3 of the best players in the league promise,”not one not two now three not four not five not six not seven (championships)”, but more. He made sure that when Mario Chalmers started already celebrating in the third quarter to stop him to basically say we haven’t won yet. Then with 3:10 left in the game when Lebron came out with Wade and Bosh he had the best dance I’ve ever seen, because they new that had finally done it. The king was finally crowned.

But congratulations to LeBron James and the Miami Heat organization on the being the 2012 NBA Champions, punch for punch they made it through.

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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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Before Game 6 critics were questioning the ability of Lebron James and the Miami Heat and how they think that the Heat need to get rid of one of the Big 3, but as we know when you critize James and his team you bring out the Beast within him. James pulled off the greatest performance in nearly five decades. James recorded 45 points along with 15 rebounds and 5 assists. We haven’t seen numbers like these in a playoff game since the great Wilt Chamberlin about 50 years ago. James shot 19 of 26 from the court and was just short of his playoff high of 49 points. Stephen A Smith said it was the Best game he’s ever seen Lebron play as a Heat player.

Faced with elimination Heat forward James kept the Heat afloat and forced a critical Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in The TD garden last night. James played 44 consecutive minutes, leaving the game with 3 minutes left when they secured the win. Dwyane Wade added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals even with what I considered a poor first half.

The Celtics really showed that they don;t have the stamina to keep up as their largest lead in the game was two points. That’s just embarrassing. If you have a chance to close out the series you have to capitalize yet that’s what the Celtics failed to do. The Celtics aren’t the only ones who had a poor performance; Mike Miller. Miller had countless number of wide open shots that he couldn’t get to fall same with Mario Chalmers. Bosh had a pretty poor performance on offense as he is trying to get back to 100% after his injury. Yet, Bosh lead Miami in block as he smacked away three balls.

Rondo had a decent game recording a double double just as Lebron did except not even close to his numbers. Rondo scored 21 points and dished out 10 assist. He also lead the Celtics in steals as he recorded three. Brandon Bass played a decent game I thought, scoring 12 points and leading the Celtics in rebounds as he brought down seven.

After the game during the Media session Miami Heat head coach Erik Spolstra had this to say on James performance,”He was absolutely fearless tonight, and it was contagious. The way he approached the last 48 hours, and not only LeBron, but everybody else. Nobody likes getting dirt thrown on your face before you’re even dead. He showed great resolve.” Then Wade said,”He played amazing. He was locked in from the beginning of the game like I’ve never seen him before.” This quote reinforces what Smith said on First Take this morning because Wade hasn’t even seen Lebron blow up like this. As my friends and I say he’s doin big things.

The do or die Game 7 is Saturday at 8:30 in Miami. Look for Miami to take this game and meet the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA finals just as I predicted in my school newspaper over a month ago.


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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?


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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?

 


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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.