Tonight, the Miami Heat have a chance to close out the Boston Celtics. The most hated team in the NBA was finally able to get over a(not the) hump and win a game in Beantown. Now, the Heat must close this chapter immediately. They must think in Latin, and not the type of Latin normally associated with South Beach. This is not a time for que pasa, or even dos minutos, as is always announced at the 2:00 mark of every quarter inside the AAA. This is a time to seize the day and it doesn’t matter how the Heat do it. So far during this series, Miami has had superstar efforts by the likes of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in different games, as well as solid production by the likes of James Jones, Mario Chalmers, Joel Anthony, and Chris Bosh, but never all in the same game. Tonight, it doesn’t matter. Game 5 against the Celtics is not about stats or the box score, it is about having a killer instinct and closing the deal. Period. Watching the post-game comments after Game 4, Paul Pierce looked like a beaten man. He seemed ready to acknowledge that Miami is just a better team. In fact, all of Boston’s stars look deflated. Now is the time for the Heat to finish this and then rest for a couple of days before the Eastern Conference Finals.
The national media keeps referring to the Miami Heat as a team of three that can beat a team of five. It’s nice to see that professionals, some of whom have played the game and others who get paid to cover it, can come across as ignorant, or even just partisan to any team that is playing Miami. Everyone outside of Miami seems to frown upon what the Heat have done because it is unprecedented, but that is not true. The two closest historical comparisons are these very Celtics and the 1990′s Chicago Bulls, especially the team that won the second 3-peat. The major difference between the Heat and the Bulls is that Chicago drafted two of it’s stars(Jordan and Pippen), while Miami only drafted one(Wade). Most of the other key players on both teams were acquired through other means. So James, Bosh, Ilgauskas, Miller, Rodman, Kukoc, Cartwright, and Harper all have plenty in common. The bottom line is that the pieces around the “Heat 3″ aren’t great, but they are not trash either. Who wouldn’t want Joel Anthony on their team? Mario Chalmers is a third year player that I would take over somebody like Derek Fisher any day. Then there are other players, that because of injury, have missed significant time(Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem).
To the jaded NBA experts out there, quit moaning about how this team was assembled. As for the Miami Heat, there is only one thing to concern yourselves with today; win Game 5 at home. Carpe Diem.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).