Posts Tagged ‘Miami Heat’

Mike: The Celtics must be one of the luckiest teams in the league right now. They lose their All-Star point guard and sole claim to youth, Rajon Rondo, then immediately rip off a 4-game win-streak, including one of the largest comeback wins in history against Orlando.

Nick: Thanks for jinxing the C’s, Mike. Right after you wrote this they fell to the Cleveland “We’re trying to get excited about Kyrie Irving replacing LeBron” Cavaliers.

Mike: After I completely jinxed the Jets against the Broncos and later their entire season, I think I learned a thing or two about the power of the jinx, and I’ve managed to master of the art of applying it judiciously.

But Rondo might be out until the All-Star Break. Yikes.

Rondo’s replacement, who is also making moves for a spot on the Crazy-Awesome Athlete Name Team, E’Twaun Moore, is providing some help, but the brunt of the play-making is falling on Paul Pierce’s shoulders.

Nick: I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Pierce seems to have no trouble assuming such a role, unlike Mr. Melo. Granted Anthony has been hurt, but 1 point, 4 assists last week? Please.

Mike: I’m glad you’re so supportive of Pierce considering he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn when he first came back from injury. I’m not giving Pierce credit just yet. He’s making up for past sins as far as I’m concerned.

Nick: Last I checked, his latest box scores weren’t cancelled out or penalized because of a slow start. In the parlance of childhood bedtime stories, the tortoise beats the hare, my friend.

Mike: Either way, Rondo’s injury derailed the Celtics’ season plan of resting the oldies so their legs would be ready for a playoff run. Instead of starting slow and steady like the tortoise, Doc Rivers has already had to play the veteran Big Three at a breakneck, hare-like pace.

Do the Celtics need to make a move here, or would you rather see them ride it out until the All-Star break? (more…)

Christmas Day is almost upon us, which means I get to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus soon. I almost wish I were as Jewish as you for this Christmas, though, because I think I would much rather celebrate a full day of NBA basketball instead. (Although I must say, I do appreciate the early gift of Kobe’s wrist injury.)

On this holiest of the days (by which I mean the start of the NBA season and the arrival of more sports into our lives), the Celtics, Knicks, Heat, Bulls, and Magic, the five teams with the highest expectations going into this season, all play in the name of their Lord and Savior (I say that as a joke, but it’s probably true). In honor of the unexpected gift of a 66 game basketball season, Mike and I present you with a preview of the East (well, the teams that matter anyway, and clearly the West doesn’t count since we’re Knicks and Celtics fans, respectively).

We’ll take you through the highest hopes and the darkest nightmares of each of the top-five teams in the East, starting with the heavy favorites and heavily hated Miami Heat. (more…)

Mike: LeBron takes his talents to South Beach, assembles a dream team in Miami, predicts a championship dynasty, but fails.

After an NFL lockout, the Philadelphia Eagles “win” the off-season by amassing so much free-agent talent, then crown themselves the “dream team,” and fail win. After a loss to the Chicago Bears at home, the Eagles have, barring a miracle, lost all hope of a playoff berth.

Nick: I think I know where you’re going with this and I love the comparison, if only because I despise both teams.

Mike: Me too, especially since a number of the “dream” players were courted by New York teams.

Nick: Can’t say I’m sorry the Jets didn’t land Nnamdi Asomugha to pair with Darrelle Revis. The thought gives me the shivers.

For whatever my opinion is worth, I think it’s more than mere coincidence that both teams have struggled despite acquiring so much raw talent. I’m a huge proponent of believing in the whole “team” concept; I’ve been brainwashed as a middle school athlete, as a Patriots fan who fell under the spell of Bill Belichick’s charm, and (to a lesser extent) as a Celtics fan who saw Ubuntu produce the 2008 NBA title. I just love watching teams that are able to play off one another seamlessly with strings of passes or have incredible team chemistry with crazy handshakes and the like (obviously the 2004 Red Sox are my favorite example ever – praise that team and their pre-game whiskey shots).

Mike: But my question is a little more specific… although I love basking in their failures. Beyond their nearly identically high expectations and rejection of NYC, there’s something else that connects these two epic fails: fourth quarter collapses (and a lack of awesome handshakes). Now, playoff games and playoff performance are clearly different from the regular season, but since the Eagles are not going to make it that far… Let’s look at the NBA Championship: (more…)