It was only a few days ago that the Miami Heat were scrambling to score points, and many “experts” thought that they would lose their composure as well as this series to Indiana. Well, so far they haven’t lost either. The truth is, the last two games(ok actually the last 1 1/2) against the Pacers have been an example of why the Heat, and specifically DWade and LeBron James, are so scary to the rest of the league. The “Dynamic Duo” combined for 58 points on Tuesday night, after lighting up the Pacers for 70 points on Sunday in Indy. Miami is on the brink of winning the series, but there is something even more important happening; the Heat have figured out how to beat good teams with a superstar out. This is not a good development for the rest of the league.
Miami has played without Dwyane or LeBron on occasion this year, but the loss of Bosh is different. While CB might not be Karl Malone in the post, he is still a force in and around the paint. Bosh plays a game that is completely different than that of James or Wade, so when he went down it created a huge problem, especially given the fact that this is all happening in the playoffs against a team with superior size inside. The Heat looked to be in big trouble after losing back-to-back games against the Pacers to fall behind 2-1 in the series. Then everything changed. DWade came back to life in the second half of Game 4 and Miami began to get contributions from forwards not named LeBron James. During the last 6 quarters both Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier have finally stepped up the plate and delivered. Actually, might have played himself right out of Game 6 with his flagrant foul on Tyler Hansbrough.
Game 5 of this series showcased an elevation of physicality between these two teams. If this kind of play continues these two teams might create a Heat-Knicks like rivalry from back in the late 90′s. One can only hope. The physical play seems to have inspired the Heat, even if it means that both Haslem and Dexter Pittman might be suspended for a couple of hard fouls. On top of that, Bron and DWade have been showing off the best transition game in the history of the NBA. Yes, better than the showtime Lakers, the Jordan-Pippen Bulls, or any Golden State team. When these two guys get the ball on a rebound, or worse yet a steal, it is beyond ridiculous how quick they can punish you at the other end. Sometimes they look like the Harlem Globetrotters, while other time they look like Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, but in any case it is horrible news for defenses.
The good news is that Chris Bosh could be ready for a Game 7 against Indiana. The better news is that he probably won’t have to be. With the awakening of Wade, the continued excellence of James, plus the contributions of others, this series should end on Thursday in Indiana with a Miami victory.
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...).