Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Pick for NBA Champion


First and foremost, this has been a great NBA Playoff season so far. Even with the Lakers and San Antonio getting ousted earlier than most of us probably expected, we've had other young/up-and-coming teams step-up and make their mark. The NBA has a bright future and it's shown throughout these playoffs.

Now for the NBA Finals match-up between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. I'm happy to see Dirk and J. Kidd get another shot at winning it all. I'm also happy that my favorite player, LeBron James, is also going to get another shot at winning it all. Both of these squads seem to be peaking at the right time and they both have at least one superstar that can carry the team (in Miami's case, two, maybe even three). I think this series is going to come down to a couple things:
  1. How well can Miami's defense close-out on Dallas's streaky but most of the time hot 3-point shooters
  2. Can Dallas contain 2 of the Big Three for Miami? It seems like Bosh can be neutralized the easiest since Chandler is a solid defender and Haywood is another big body they can throw at him. But whose gonna stop BOTH LeBron AND Wade?
  3. Can the eat guard J.J. Barea? This may sound funny but I think the series may come down to Barea. If he can penetrate the lane and dish out for wide-open 3's or pull his crafty lay-ups around the rim, it's gonna be a tough series for Miami. And I'm not sure if Miami has a PG that can keep up with Barea. Maybe Chalmers but definitely not Bibby.
Taking all those things into consideration, I think this will be at least a 6 game series.

I don't think that Dallas will have an answer for Wade and LeBron. I don't think Miami will have an answer for Dirk (yeah I know they've been saying Haslem and Anthony guard him fairly well and LeBron will have his shots at Dirk too). But in the end I think Miami's safe letting Dirk get his points and neutralizing EVERYBODY else. That is, as long as they can consistently score on the Mavs, which I don't see being such a big hurdle. Miami's the better overall defensive team and Dallas is solid on D but trying to stop Wade, LeBron, and Bosh for 4 wins is gonna be a tall task for the Mavs.

With all that said, I'm taking Miami in 6 games to win the series. It'll be LeBron's first and unfortunately, Dirk won't get his. The Heat are coming together at just the right time and clicking on all cylinders and if they remain focused on defense I believe everything else will take care of itself.

11 comments:

M.C. said...

I agree! Wow, we actually agree on a sports-related issue! However, my belief that the Heat will win, is rooted in the fact that I believe the playoffs this year is fixed, and the Mavs are notorious for choking (i.e. 2006 Finals)!

Home Inspector Training said...

This is one of the much awaited rematch since 2006. I’m so excited to watch this game. This gonna be a an interesting game of the day.

Home Inspector Marketing said...

Erik Spoelstra strategy plus Lebron, Dwyane, and the rest of the Heat is the finest combination this season. I just hope that it is enough to beat Mavericks, cause they’re quite tough too.

miKeSee said...

Great game 1 even though it wasn't a big offensive output. I may have to refine my prediction to Heat in 5 games, especially if they win the next game.

Protecting Your Identity said...

The Heat just proved in the first three rounds that they can overcome youth and experience! By beating the the Bulls, they showed that the 3-0 sweep didn't mean anything in the Playoffs.heat have overcome this whole season. they took so much pressure and still they made this far. from there, i personally think Heat deserves this championship as much as Mavs, since both team has worked so hard and made to the final.thanks for sharing this.

Raising Your Child said...

The Heat played a .500 76ers team, a Boston team with a one-armed point guard and a Bulls team that struggled to score 80 points. The Mavs can defend James and Wade better than the Heat can defend Dirk.
Yes, i'm a HUGE homer and I feel like it's time for the Mavs. No more heart breaks.
Mavs in 6. Dirk for Finals MVP.

miKeSee said...

I agree with Protecting Your Identity 100%. @Raising Your Child... Dirk can't do it himself. If those other guys don't step up and hit shots, it's a wrap.

Millionaire’s Consultant said...

Alright! This is gonna be the most watch game in this month. With two tough teams colliding and a former finals rival this is so exciting. And both teams really deserves to own that crown.

Website Guru said...

Yeah!! NBA is really an exciting game and so as the fans are excited too. I wanna watch it every of this game

Seduction Secrets Revealed said...

The sad thing is that the window of opportunity is closing for Dallas and the West, both Dirk and Marion doesn’t have that many years left, and the teams in the East seem to be getting younger and stronger. I think this was Lakers last chance to win the last one in a while. Spurs, Lakers, and Mavs are getting older. Let’s just wait and see who’s team going to take NBA 2011 trophy. Thanks for sharing this.

miKeSee said...

I agree that Dallas's window is definitely closing. They pulled out a nice win in Game 2 but if James, Wade, and Bosh shoot better than they did in the 4th quarter that game would have been an easy win for Miami. And if Bosh could play anything close to solid defense, Dirk may not have even made that game-winner.