Miami Heat Team’s Biggest Test of the Year: Cleveland Cavs
The Miami Heat team. Where do we even begin? Since I’m on the side of those actually pulling for the Heat rather than the side of the haters, there really is no way to sugarcoat this: it was a bad idea. Not to say it can’t become a better idea, or even a championship-winning team in the future. But it was just plain naïve to think three good, if not great, players would make a team. The NBA is too good and the supporting cast of the Heat is too bad to justify the intelligence of this move on the part of Lebron and Bosh. What does this mean for them, the upcoming Heat vs Cavs game, and the 2010 Eastern Conference standings?
Of course, the Miami Heat team isn’t complaining – they have already sold out every game and even fired the ticket sales staff because they’re not needed until 2011-2012. The actual team might want to hibernate with the ticket sales staff until then as well. With Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem out, three centers that wouldn’t play much less make a roster on any other team, and opposing point guards dissecting Carlos Arroyo and Mario Chalmers like they are playing a charity event, it’s gone from excitement to hard to watch.
You have to wonder if Lebron has any regrets as he heads towards the Heat vs Cavs game. Does he look north to New York and wonder what might have been? Running the pick-and-roll with Amar’e every night in Mike D’antoni’s ‘7-seconds or less’ offense without having to defer to Dwyane Wade every other play might have been the better choice. I say “might” because as a basketball fan, I hold out hope that Wade and Lebron will figure out how to co-exist, Bosh will grab rebounds, and someone, anyone will come and help these guys. If or when that happens we’ll see something special that we haven’t seen since the 80’s when teams like the Celtics and the Lakers had hall-of-famers coming off the bench. You also have to wonder what is going through the mind of the Cleveland fan, they must be delighted to see the Heat barely above the Cavaliers in the 2010 Eastern Conference standings.
Which leads to the most-anticipated game of the year so far – the Heat vs Cavs game. December 2, the Miami Heat team flies out to Cleveland to take on the Cavs in the ultimate hate-fest. The anger towards Lebron is so bad that there is expected to be twice as much security than for a playoff game. Once the prodigious son is returning home to Ohio, one sentence can literally seal your destiny.
I predict this is the make-or-break game for the Heat. The atmosphere will be so intense, so electric, that a win, even a small win, will catapult the Miami Heat team toward the top of the 2010 Eastern Conference standings. But a loss, and not only will those sympathetic towards the Heat begin to feel sorry for Lebron and company but it might be time to bring back the ticket sales staff. There will be a lot of empty seats in January in American Airlines Arena.
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