My nightmare almost came to life just as I mentioned in my earlier blog. Oklahoma decisively took care of business which I had no problems with at all. As for the Heat, they had me worried a tad. Don’t it confused with me being a Heat fan, because I’m definitely not! I just really didn’t want to see them old guys in Boston get ran off the floor by Oklahoma high-powered offense. But alas, we will finally get to see someone of the new school get a chance to taste the victory of being World Champions.
But who will that be?
By looking at these two t
eams, they both have advantages that they can really exploit. Miami for example have the advantage of having a 6’11 Power Forward in Chris Bosh who can hit the mid-rage jumpshot. Ibaka, who will likely have the assignment of checking Bosh, will have to honor that shot, which will ultimately take him out of the paint to disrupt shots when James, Chalmers, and Wade are attacking the basket. And they will be attacking the basket. That’s why I believe the eme
rgence of Bosh back in the rotation is a huge boost for Miami. Udonis Haslem, who often goes unnoticed during big games such as these really plays big knowing that he can play his core game of being a big rebound and defensive presence. Haslem really shines when he isn’t so much of a focal point as a offensive big man. With Bosh back, he can now play his natural game.
As sad as my next statement might sound, I have to say this. Wade has to bring his game! And by game, I am not talking about just 24 minutes of it. I’m talking about bringing it the full 48 minutes! I am not sure where it is has gone this playoffs, but it constantly comes and goes from game to game. On minute you are saying, “okay, there’s the DWade from 06″. Then, there’s other times where you are telling yourself, ” This isn’t the DWade that I know!”. At this point in Dwayne Wade’s career we should never be questioning whether he will bring his game to the Finals or not. After all we are talking about the once NBA MVP of the Championship, 8 times all-star, 2 time NBA All-First Team, the list goes on. But from the way he has played in this year’s playoffs, its a must. Averaging a playoff
total of 47 percent in field goals this year, Wade has dropped after obtaining averages of 49 percent last year and 56 percent two years prior. That’s not good when you see that you are going head to head with Westbrook and Harden. He ha
s to win these battles.
Now lets move o
n to the Oklahoma City Thunder. One major advantage that is clear for the Thunder is the bench production which Harde
n gives compared to the entire bench of the Miami Heat. In the regular season, the Miami Heat average 26.2 points per game off the bench ranking them 26th in the league overall. The Thunder, however, average 32.3 points per game off the bench. L
eading the c
harge is none other than Sixth Man of
the Year James Harden with a season average of 16.8 ppg and a career playoff high of 17.6. And just as a reminder, no one off the Heat bench averages over 10.0 ppg.
So I guess by now you’re wondering why I haven’t mentioned the epic battle that will take place between Kevin Durant and Lebron James. My reason is because this matchup has its own hype already. Everyone and their momma are making predictions on who will get the better of the other person. In my opinion, for the majority of the game they will cancel each other out. Overall I believe both players will have a big series, some games slightly better than the other. Having said that, there are a few areas where I would give the advantage to Kevin Durant. One of them being on the free throw line. If the game is close down the stretch, Kevin Durant is the best at getting to the line AND knocking down his free throws. As for James, he has been struggling as of late averaging just 71 percent this playoffs and recently came off from shooting 65 percent in his series against the Celtics. Durant on the other hand is averaging 87 percent throughout this playoffs and knocked down 91 percent of his during his series against the Spurs.
Another area I would give to Durant will be those last few possessions of the game pending if the game is close. Everyone knows that when the game is close, Durant will have the ball in his hands and he will shoot it. Sadly enough, there is nothing anyone can do to prevent it. Also based on this playoff alone, he has been pretty good at hitting the last second shot too. If you don’t believe me, just ask the Lakers and the Mavericks. Oddly enough, I can’t say the same thing for the Heat. They are in year two of this ” Big 3″ era and there is still no definitive person who will have the ball in the last few possessions of the game when they need a basket. As a result, they tend to turn the ball over constantly, or just appear to be stale and confused in their offensive sets. James and Wade often look at each to take the last which ultimately result in a bad play. Game 4 of the Boston/Heat series deemed to be the case where James dribble to his right, looking to pass left. We both know what happened next.
So, having said all of this, I guess what I am eluding to is that I believe the Oklahoma City Thunder will be the World Champs after all is said and done. In taking everything into account, I just can’t get passed the disappearance of Wade. I’m reading some blogs that says that his knee has been bothering him but nothing that I have read has came directly from the Heat organization. Now some people criticize Russell Westbrook for his erratic point guard play but I’ll gladly take that problem any day then having my very own superstar shooting guard suddenly playing like nothing but a mere role player throughout the majority of the playoffs. That’s just unacceptable.
Feel free to comment below and let me know who you pick to win it all.