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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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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.


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.


Earlier today Chris and Adrienne Bosh became a family! At about 3 am this morning Chris and Adrienne welcomed Jackson Bosh into the world.

Bosh is listed as a game time decision, but is expected to fly back up to New York and play in game 3 of the Miami Heat vs New York Knicks series. Heat coach Erik Spolstra had this to say about the situation,”Having his presence would help even if he isn’t 100 percent, when we left we knew it could be any day (talking about when the baby would be born).” All of Miami’s big three now have children, and  this time last year Heat forward Shane Battier and guard Mike Miller had children. Lebron had his son back when he appeared in the NBA finials with the Cavs in 2007. James then said this on the situation of the Bosh’s,”This is a great way to get away from it, to come back here and play the game of basketball, to get away from the kid and get away from everything that’s going on with that. I mean that’s what I did, I got away from my family and I was able to go play in the Finals. … I would bet he’d be here, this is a huge game.”Congrats to Chris and Adrienne on having their child.

Don’t forget to catch the Heat duke it out with the Knicks in the first game in the garden tonight at 7pm!


The Miami Heat have now won their fourth game in a row, against the Toronto Raptors. Not only were the Heat without Dwyane Wade yet again, they were also without Chris Bosh, but that didn’t seem to slow Miami’s roll. Miami won  96 to 72, sweeping the Raptors in the season series. Lebron James had another astonishing game, shooting a remarkable 80% from the court. James recorded 28 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Mike Miller scored an outstanding 13 points for Miami; nevertheless, the production in the bench tonight is what the Heat could have used all season. Miami Heat’s bench also helped out for bringing down 21 rebounds and scoring 41 points. The Heat have now locked in the second seed in the East but could ultimately take the best record in the NBA with a win tomorrow night with the against the Chicago Bulls; Miami would only be a game and a half behind them. Then, if Chicago were to lose another game before the end of the season and Miami were to win the next few, Miami would be awarded the first seed, not only in the Eastern Conference, but in the entire NBA. Wining tonight’s game against Toronto makes James and the Miami Heat tied for second seed with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. If Miami could pull away with that first seed and/or a better record than Oklahoma, it would give Lebron yet another edge on Durant for the MVP award. By the way, don’t expect Wade to be back until the playoffs due to the fact that he’s injured and most teams usually pull their star players away before playoffs to prevent injuries.