Posted: 4/10/2012 1:29:03 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by stevenp:
sircharles88 thanks for putting yourself out there with the posts. the point about boston and putting their tools out there is relevant. i'm backing boston, but the heat revenge has got to be a big feather in your cap. boston has proven their point-- that they can beat the heat. miami lacks an identity. they're supposed to be a defensive juggernaut, but then they start the vagabond turiaf, an undersized center at best. i think boston is putting some clever mojo together with starting avery bradley, second best on ball defender next to tony allen (an ainge mistake to let go), and bringing a scorer like ray allen off the bench. miami's bench is suspect and norris cole hit the rookie wall in week three. agree with our new york pick. no opinion on cleveland-- they should never be a favorite at this point.
stevenp - thanks for taking time for an extensive response. I will try to relate to your points raised:
I agree about Miami lacking identity nad having a poor support from the bench. I agree that the match up decisions often are quaestionable. But, I see it as something precalculated to test all kinds of different sets on the floor. I don't agree with you that the Heat are not bringing on defensive plays when needed. I think they have the best defensive player in the league along with one of the best paint players as well as multifunctionality of many players that have enough experience to match their play to an on floor coaching which is of course applied when really needed only. And tonight - I see a Miami need to win night as they have done throughout the season protecting home.
The Cavs have no choice but to show up tonight as if you read a local press you would detect the discomfort Business people connected with the team are experiencing. By my experience - when that happens - many ghosts wake up and force the play.