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(Espn.com)

(Espn.com)

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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(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?

 


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.


In yesterdays game one of the Heat vs Knicks playoff series you definitively felt the tensions between these two teams really flare up, just like the old times. It started out with Amare Stoudemire jawing at Udonis Haslem and getting double technical. Then, just moments later Shane Battier carried out very bitter foul on Carmelo Anthony which then Baron Davis came up and pushed Battier. This was a physical game all around. It wasn’t the type of atmosphere Carmelo was use to, and that caused him to struggle missing his first eight shots of the night. Once Miami got on a roll it seemed like New York was trying to injure Lebron and Wade intentionally. Tyson Chandler set a very dirty pick/shove on Lebron which caused him to fall to the ground and give him whip-lash. That didn’t seem to impede Lebron’s performance, he would go on to finish the game with 32 points. Yet, Lebron held Melo to a lilliputian amount of 11 points (missing 12-15 from the court). Tyson almost got a double technical which would have resulted in an automatic ejection from the game, but the refs called it back after review saying it was just an ordinary technical foul. Miami would go on a 24 to 2 run after that hit on Lebron (who continued to play).Wade collided with Davis while bring up the ball, it look like he had just thrown his body into Wade. Then  the Knicks fell victim to injury/payback when one of their most productive players Iman Shumpert tried crossing over Mario Chalmers and he tore his ACL,I wish him a fast and healthy recovery. Once a player tears any ligament in their knee they just never seem to come back 100%. Now back to Wade and the Miami Heat, who were very productive scoring 19 points in his first game back from dislocating his finger. Miami handed New York their worse playoff lost since 91. Miami’s 100-67 win was the second largest in Heat history, a 33 points victory. Even though this was a blowout win I don’t expect a series sweep, look for New York to play with an even greater intensity and aggressiveness when these two meet again tomorrow night in Miami, then they go back to New York for games 3 and 4 where I expect them to pull in a win against the Heat.

O yea by the way, it seems that it pays to sit court side because every one who did in yesterdays game got a pair of Lebron 9 Elites (playoffs), which released in stores yesterday for $250.