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The NBA Finals

Tonight marks the start of Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat.  It’s definitely the match-up that most (not me, I hate the Heat) wanted to see.  We have 4 legit Superstars in LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Dywane Wade, and 2 Stars in Chris Bosh and James Harden.  In OKC,you have the best crowd in all of the NBA (sorry Sacramento and Golden State fans).  In Miami, you have perhaps the worst fans, front-runners who show up to games late (even Lakers fans know to show up to playoff games early).  Both teams were built differently but yield similar results.  Two young exciting teams with “Big 3” cores.  The Heat built up through free agency while the Thunder were forged through the NBA Draft.  So now it’s time for my breakdown and prediction (sure to be wrong) for the NBA World Championship (even though it’s only played in North America?).

  • Point Guard – Russell Westbrook, Derek Fisher vs. Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole — Westbrook is one of the best point guards in the NBA.  It’s a toss up if he is the best “scoring” PG in the league (Derrick Rose, sadface he’s hurt).  Chalmers will get somewhere between 8 to 14 points a game, but the difference in both talent and experience (old man Fisher) gives the Thunder the edge here.  ADVANTAGE OKC.
  • Shooting Guard – Thabo Sefolosha, James Harden vs. Dywane Wade — Harden is the 6th man of the year, Wade is a former Finals MVP, Sefolosha is a solid defender who can hit the open shot.  At this time, I don’t think anyone would take either of these guys over Wade, but judging this solely by the position, 2 are greater than 1.  ADVANTAGE OKC.
  • “Small” Forward – Let’s be real, neither of these guys are small.  LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant (no offense to Shane Battier or Mike Miller). This is the match-up everyone wants to see.  How often they guard each other is questionable.  LeBron is the better athlete, the better overall player, KD is the better pure scorer.  As much as I love the Durantulla, nobody in their right mind would pick him over LeBron (and I hate LeBron).  ADVANTAGE MIAMI.
  • Power Forward – Serge Ibaka vs. Chris Bosh — I love, love, love Ibaka’s team defense.  His offense is questionable (despite his bursts in the playoffs).  Chris Bosh is a horrible defender, but he is one of the best scoring bigs in the NBA.  With that being said, if Ibaka goes over to help on defense, Bosh will have open looks, if he’s locked in, he will hit them (think this year and last year’s Eastern Conference Finals).  With that being said, and as much as I hate to say it, Bosh has this match-up.  ADVANTAGE MIAMI.
  • Center – Kendrick Perkins vs. Joel Anthony — The Battle of the Century.  Nobody cares bout these guys.  Anthony is offensively deficient.  Perkins is a liability on pick and rolls.  Perkins is the better player.  ADVANTAGE OKC.
  • Other Guys – Not labeling it the bench, but just the other guys who weren’t really mentioned.  Nick Collison is pretty much it for the Thunder.  Battier, Miller, James Jones, Ronny Turiaf.  Wow, I never thought I’d be picking it this way but I’d go with Miami here.  ADVANTAGE MIAMI. (I gave the advantage to Miami as far as “other guys” but many people have been upset I didn’t mention Udonis Haslem, because he sucks, but here you go guys, Haslem is an “other guy”)
  • Coaching – Both of these guys are idiots.  Coach Spo looks like a guy that needs to be punched in the face for that stupid smirk he makes.  Coach Scotty Brooks looks like the guy from Franklin and Bash (also of Road Trip fame).  Spo has the better defensive squad.  Brooks has the better offensive squad.  It’s gonna come down to which of these guys can make an adjustment faster.  Ehh, I can’t pick either here.  NO ADVANTAGE, both teams need better coaches.

Well after all of that, I have a 3-3 tie with the 7th factor being a tie.  Does that mean this is going to 7 games?  Maybe.  My heart wants to pick the Thunder, because I actually like their team.  My gut says the Heat will win because I hate them and that’s the kind of year I’m having.  I don’t think it goes 7.  I think whoever wins it gets it done in 6 games.  I’m rooting for the Thunder, they represent all that is right in the NBA (except for the whole moving the team from Seattle thing…sorry Sonics fans).  Let’s hope the build up was worth it and this series delivers. Yep, you read all that right, I didn’t actually pick a winner because it can go either way.  Legacies will be cemented after this Finals, are you gonna be a Michael Jordan, or are you gonna be a Karl Malone?  Durant vs. LeBron…err I mean Thunder vs. Heat, tonight is the night (is the night, is the night).

LeBron got the MVP. Will Durant get the Championship?

(Yes I’ve linked this before, but seriously, how does this shit not get you hyped up.  John Tesh, please sell this song to ESPN!!)

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Not 1, Not 2…..

So last night LeBron James went nuts in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.  45 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists.  A stat line for the ages.  A thing of legends.  Doesn’t matter though, I still hate his guts.  But I’ll give him his proppers, he straight killed it last night.  I still don’t think that as a team, the Heat are as good as the sum of their parts.  What I’m saying is individually they have the talent, but together they haven’t really figured it out.  Yeh, Bron Bron went off last night, but where was the clutchness from his buddy D-Wade?  Wasn’t really there, check the stats. I’m gonna give ya a comparison of 2 rosters and then explain myself.

Roster 1: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, Norris Cole, Ronny Turiaf, Joel Anthony, James Jones (I’ll stop there because nobody else is getting any run in the games.

Roster 2: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Shane Battier, Dwight Howard, Joe Johnson, Kirk Hinrich, Antawn Jamison, Chris Paul, Brad Miller, Elton Brand, Carmelo Anthony

Obviously Roster 1 is this years Miami Heat.  Roster 2 is Team USA from the 2006 FIBA World Championships.  Which of these teams would you say is better?  Without question Roster 2.  So what’s my point? Well Team USA in 2006 finished FOURTH in the FIBA World Championships.  That’s right 4th!  As individuals, look at the other rosters for the teams they played against and maybe, MAYBE Spain was close, but they still should have never lost.  Again what’s my point? That individuals don’t win championships, TEAMS do.  In 2004 Olympics, Wade and James on the same team as stars like Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson, yet they lost in the Olympics.  They lost in 2006.  They won in 2008, but no because of Wade or LeBron (and definitely not because of Bosh who was also on the 2008 team).  They won in 2008 because they had a guy name Kobe who in the last game, when these “stars” got scared to take over, went into “F%^$ everybody” mode and single handedly won Team USA the Gold Medal.  Throw in last years choke job by the Heat in the Finals, and collectively the Big 3 of Wade, James, and Bosh are 1-2 in tournaments together (with that 1 being a product of Melo carrying them in the knockout rounds and again Kobe being Kobe).  If you collectively figure Wade and James records together its 1-3 in tournaments.  Think about that.  Now think about why.  It’s because they aren’t complimentary players.  They aren’t Jordan and Pippen.  They are player 1-A and player 1-B.  They are the same style player, just in different sizes (Derrick Rose is player 1-C, just like them but smaller).  They play the exact same way.  Neither has a reliable outside jumper (last night was an outlier), and both like to slash and have the ball in their hands.  They would rather dribble the clock out and do their own thing.  That’s the way they play.  For some reason people don’t see it.  But look at them closely.  Yes Bosh helps them spread the floor, but he needs the ball in his hands too, and last I checked there is only one ball on the court at a time.

The Heat may beat the Celtics (I hope not) and then we will see what’s up with a must watch Thunder-Heat NBA Finals.  But count me in the non-believer side.  LeBron had a game for the ages, but the “Boston Three Party” didn’t even show up last night.  Had Pierce been able to hit a damn shot, who knows what would have happened.  31 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists.  That’s what Pierce, KG, and Ray Allen provided last night.  As good as LeBron was, had any of the 3 gotten it going, the Heat might not have won that game.  Here’s to a good Game 7, where the refs aren’t absolutely garbage and everybody plays their game.  I foresee a Celtics victory though because at some point Wade and James will battle on the court, to the detriment of their team.  And then, they will be right, well kind of.  IF I’m right, then they wouldn’t win the Championship this year.  So for those counting at home, that’s “not1, not 2….”

Maybe that’s what he meant, that they wouldn’t win any?? “Once the game starts it’s gonna be easy.”  How easy is it now Bron Bron?

Yes. We. Did. What exactly did you do? Keep in mind this was the “Celebration” for winning their first title. Wait, what? They haven’t won anything yet? Oh, then what the hell was this for? Oh, it’s because they all signed contracts? Wow…..

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