NBA Finals Preview
Well well well, what do we have here? As the weather gets hot around the country, welcome back to the one column that stays cooler than the other side of the pillow. Tha Weatha Report is back to continue to drop a little knowledge on you and to give you a different point of view on the world of sports. Today we will tackle the NBA Finals which kick off tonight. Before we dive right in, let's touch on a few topics that have occurred since we've last sat down shall we?
Quick Hail Storm
1. Jim Tressel out at The Ohio State University isn't a shock, but his sudden downfall is the shocking part. The man went from untouchable to resigning from his head coaching position in less than a year's time. Just goes to show you that even the most successful coaches have to play by the rules.
2. I feel horrible for JR Hildebrand. One turn away from the Indy 500 victory only to crash and essentially hand the victory to Dan Wheldon. Hopefully the young man will use this experience to his advantage and come back bigger and better than ever.
3. The same can be said of "Lil E" Dale Earnhardt Jr. So close yet so far from victory as he ran out of gas on the final lap to hand the win to Kevin Harvick. Junior was attempting to end his seemingly decades long victory drought, but came up short. He's close, but maybe next time he'll fill up on Unleaded or something.
4. Kevin McHale hired in Houston to coach the Rockets? So let's get this straight: You let a coach go who took you to the brink of the playoffs with an incomplete roster to go hire a man who did a horrible job in Minnesota both coaching and being the General Manager? Exactly why Houston won't be in the playoffs for the next five or so years. You heard it here first.
5. Someone tell me what Jose Bautista has been eating. That man has surpassed Albert Pujols as the best player in baseball right now. I'll still take Pujols over a full season, but Bautista can't be pitched to right now.
6. Scottie Pippen must have been referring to the Birmingham Barons version of Michael Jordan when he said Lebron James could go down as the best player in NBA history. One stat for you to shut this argument down: Six NBA championships, six NBA Finals MVPs. That means Jordan was the best player, on the best team, for six years. Wake me up when Lebron gets to two rings and wins two Finals MVPs.
So, Who You Got? Mavs-Heat
Take a second to think back to last summer. Around July. ESPN showed some show....I think it was called "The Decision". Some guy picking some team....I think we all remember. Lebron James changed the landscape of the NBA and the free agent market for years to come when he announced that he was taking his talents to South Beach. Ever since then, this was Miami's destiny. To be honest, Miami had to make it to the NBA Finals to justify the hype that surrounded them from day one. In most cases, the hard part would just be beginning. But allow me to disagree.
The Heat went through a season where every loss was scrutinized more than any loss ever. Where every movement on the court was watched closely by any interested person who thought that they could decipher what was going on behind the scenes by how many times Lebron high-fived Bosh or how hard Lebron bumped Erik Spoelstra. The team went on highs and lows throughout 82 games and it's obvious that it made them the toughest team in the playoffs. You think they are worried about going on the road in the NBA Finals? Doubt it. They probably welcome another chance to shut the haters and the doubters up.
On the other side of the equation, you have the Dallas Mavericks. A team that is also very tough. This is also the same team that made Kobe Bryant and the Lakers look like the Washington Generals of Harlem Globetrotter fame. Dallas has their own superstar in Dirk Nowitzki and another Hall of Famer in Jason Kidd. It is obvious that these are the two best teams in the NBA this season. So, who wins? Allow me to share my opinion.
In answering that question, I ask a question of my own. Who guards Dwyane Wade? Jason Kidd? Nah, too slow and Wade could just back him down in the post. DeShawn Stevenson? I apologize, but I wouldn't let Stevenson guard my dog. Before his back surgery I would take my chances, but he has been a step slow since then. Jason Terry? He's a defensive liability, plus he comes off the bench. If you haven't figured out by now, Wade is my X-Factor. I think he'll rebound from his poor showing against Chicago and have big games. He won't average the 35 ppg that he did against Dallas in 2006, but he will prove to be unstoppable.
Miami has the two best players on the court in James and Wade. Nowitzki is very talented and is a MVP, but James will be able to make like difficult for him in the latter part of games. Shawn Marion can't guard Lebron, and neither can Nowitzki. So using my limited math skills, I see Lebron being able to score and the same being said of D. Wade. I take those two over any other two in the league.
While these two are the best teams in the NBA, the stars will decide these Finals. Both teams will play great defense. However, I see Dwyane Wade being able to impose his will on Dallas' defense more than enough to give him his second ring and finally deliver a ring for the King.
Miami wins 4 games to 2
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