There are a few parodies that come to mind when you look at the current series record and the way that the first few games have been played in the Heat – Bulls matchup. Let me give you my breakdown of how it all played out so far.
Game 1 was an exciting game much to the surprise of many. The first parody has to do with not having your best player(s). I’ve made some predictions at the beginning of the year, but never would I have predicted that Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng would all not be available for the post season but yet somehow, little Nate Robinson would find a way to carry the bulls past the newly put together Nets and play as well as he did in game one against the Heat. This is an anomaly that was highly unexpected. And me being a fan of the game, I seldom try to take sides with a “favorite”, I like to stick to the facts and in my experience it’s usually came out to my advantage. In this particular case, the facts show me that the Heat are the better team, both on paper, and on the court. But I say this, because in watching that first game of the series, my admiration for a player that I’ve always respected greatly because of heart, grew beyond the respect that I had for the greatest player of our generation. As a former basketball player in college and semi-pro, I understand and feel connected to other players that long to help give their team and fans the motivation and belief that Nate Robinson was achieving.
With that said, I do feel that even in defeat, there were some things that the Heat did positively, that cannot be over shadowed by the loss. And that brings me to the second parody: Are teams rusty after sitting for so long after a series?
Well, as I’ve gotten older, and as I’ve learned from veterans and other great players, practice makes perfect. As much skills that one can have, doesn’t amount to the confidence of another individual with the same talents, that takes time out to work on those talents. And in this case, it wasn’t that the Miami Heat didn’t take time out to work on their game plan, but after waiting for so long for the next game, there has to be some lag the same way there is a downtime before one has to shoot around in the gym before getting their shot back. This is an obvious issue with the first game for the Heat.
The next parody is: Keep your cool even in great victory. The Chicago Bulls’ Nate Robinson, although a very good player and very capable of helping the Bulls to win more games throughout the series, he has not had a chance to experience that winning mentality yet. Having a rough career never really finding a place to get settled down before being traded, there’s never really been good wisdom behind him to show him. This has been something that hurt Lebron James for years and now we see how things become a bit easier to handle once he had a good team with guys that have won before (either in the NBA or in the Olympics). This is what Derrick Rose can be doing for Nate, although not a Veteran yet, he still has very good ball knowledge and knows well how to be humble and keep his cool in victory.
The final parody is my favorite: Can the champions bounce back? As we see in game two, the Miami heat are no joke. They are the real deal and the only goal this year is to win the title. As I mentioned before, everyone expects the Heat to win this series. Not in the way they expected the Nets to win. The Nets are a good team and I think that it’s hard for many teams to merge several all stars and make things happen in one year. We’ve seen this fail with Miami, the Lakers, this year’s Nets and even the Clippers. It takes a good team to win an NBA playoffs and there are 8 good teams left this year. I’ve never seen a bad team or a team lacking it’s main pieces win the NBA Championship, and I don’t expect one to win it this year.
My predictions for this series is Miami in 5.