Posts Tagged ‘Mario Chalmers’


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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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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?


Four players in three different sports have now fell victim to ACL tears these last few weeks.

We all know what happened to Derrick Rose in game one of the Bulls v.s 76ers series. Rose came down very harsh and awkwardly on his left leg and tore his ACL. Rose is out for the remainder of the playoffs. The injury to Rose, basically killed any chances that the Bulls had of going to the NBA Finals. Then, Iman Shumpert tore his ACL in the first game of the Knicks v.s Heat series when he tried to crossover Mario Chalmers. That didn’t help New York at all.

Then came the biggest hit to New York sports when Yankees closer Mariano “sandman” Rivera was trying to catch fly balls, and fell. Mariano released a statement to the press when asked if he would ever pitch again saying this,” At this point I don’t know, at this point I don’t know. If he decides to not come back, his career will go down as the best closer in the history of the MLB. Truly, do I think he’s going to come back? No, I know its sad and we all want him to, but he’s already towards the end of his career. An ACL tear is one of the most devastating injuries a player can have. They almost never come back to 100%. He sounds doubtful now and he knows that he’s getting old. I’m just thankful I got to see him pitch once.