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It is opt out season and all that ESPN is spouting about is where LBJ and Melo will land.  Most think the King will return to the paradise we call South Beach (and if you have ever seen a Pitbull video who can blame him), and ME-lo is looking to be lifted and landing in the Windy City, Chi-town!  All I hear is that both want more weapons and a place to win more rings or A ring.  When I hear this I think to myself why not the Washington Wizards?  I know I’m a homer, but now I will make an argument for why The King and Melo should seriously consider D.C. their new home:

1.  Young Talent

The Wizards have a backcourt that can become one of the greatest in the league for a few years.  John Wall and Bradley Beal are up and comers, and they could benefit from having a legitimate #1 option in the offense.  The Wizards are one of the youngest teams in the league so these guys will be around for a while and the team can grow with the eventual aging superstars.

2.  The team compliments your weaknesses

When you look at the Knicks and the Heat, rebounding and down low scoring was an issue for both, thus morphing LBJ and Melo into post up players, and having to become better at rebounding to help their respective teams.  Well if the Wiz resign Gortat and with NeNe already down there, they have size, rebounding, and scoring.  Also both of these big men can shoot the 12-15 footer.

The team weakness in the playoffs was lack of composure and no go to scorer down the stretch.  Add Melo or LeBron, problem solved.

The Heat struggled with Point guard play, enter Mr. Dougie/NaeNae Dance John Wall. They also have a wily veteran coming off the bench in Andre Miller to help too.

3.  The Bench/Depth is not San Antonio good, but they are not bad either

As I mentioned above you have Miller for leadership and veteran sensibility, but you have a young energy guy in Martell Webster as the back up SG.  I figure to get either one of these superstars we wouldn’t be resigning Ariza, but you would have  youth at the back up SF in Otto Porter Jr (who is a bust so far), Chris Singleton, and Glen Rice Jr. You then look at Old Man Drew Gooden, Al Harrington, and the younger Trevor Booker at the back up PF with Kevin Serephin in the back up C position.  Again great Depth and granted these guys would look a lot better with a Melo or LBJ on the court.

4.  The City

Growing up in D.C. (called “Chocolate City” when I lived there, or the “Gun Murder Capital”) it’s a beautiful city.  Everyone knows about the sights and history there, but it is not far off from being a legitimate major market.  Especially if one of the superstars were to grace the city and play there.  The D.C. market is as competitive as the Miami market, naturally D.C. can’t touch NY, but those stars would bring business and marketers there.  We just witnessed the RGIII craze.  Imagine the The King heading to D.C., LBJ would be come the Mayor and the President in the same year.  Imagine Melo coming here with his roots in Baltimore and not snitching.  Also his wife’s reality show would have to be filmed in D.C. bringing more awesome to the city.

Also there are very little to no sports demons of the past for them to battle in D.C.  When it comes to Basketball it is Wes Unseld, and that is it.  In Miami LBJ will always be held to D-Wade and Pat Riley’s popularity.  In NY Melo has tons of demons in the Basketball Mecca!  Washington D.C. could be the house they built, ala MJ and Chicago.

5.  You can do something Michael Jordan could not

You can accomplish something that the great Michael Jordan could not…  MAKE WASHINGTON D.C. A WINNER.  Now I know MJ was old and the air was out of the Jumpman, and he was more of a Ground man.  But MJ suited up and he couldn’t lead the Wizards to the playoffs, let alone sniff a Championship.  LeBron, you can claim a victory in a Jordan failure.  How awesome would that be?  Melo would begin to rewrite the books about his legacy with a Championship, but he can also claim that which “His Airness” could not.  That allure alone should push King James here, and that double win for Melo’s legacy should be tempting.

All I’m saying is that the Washington Wizards should be on these Superstars radar and sadly enough they probably are not.  So if everyone in D.C. or everyone that loves the Wizards could share this and build up a ground swell that maybe will reach one of these superstars we may get my wish, and eventually get all of D.C.’s wish and that is to win the NBA Championship!

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By:  Jason “Big J” Allen @unsportsmenBigJ

“All you need is LeBron, and you can win”; “If I had the big 3 they could coach themselves”; “Man, Spoelstra can’t coach Pat Riley is making him great”.  -Comments from the peanut gallery.  I know some of you reading this have made comments like this or at least very similar.  I’m here to say stop that crazy talk.  Don’t let your hate/love of LeBron overshadow how Great Erik Spoelstra is as a coach.  Yes I just said Great!  I will examine the knocks on Spoelstra and why they are just simply crazy.

Let’s attack the elephant in the room and that is the Big 3 MADE Erik Spoelstra talk.  Yes do Superstars make winning easy?  Yes Sir, ask Rick Adelman how many Championship chances he would have had if not for Shaq/Kobe, MJ/Pippen, Magic, Isiah Thomas.  See a trend here?  The Superstars, or better yet some of the 1, or 2 best players in the game at the time held Adelman back.  Who coached these teams, Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, Chuck Daly, all time greats that we don’t knock because they had Greatest Players in the World in their era.  So stop the Big 3 talk, if you exclude the 2003-2004 Detroit Pistons, every team in the last 20-25 years who won titles have had Superstars not a Superstar, but SuperstarS (most had Big 3 of thier own).  We don’t take away from Phil for MJ/Pippen/Rodman, Reily for Magic/Jabar/Worthy, so why do we reduce Spoelstra’s ability for LBJ/Wade/Bosh (and some of you don’t respect Bosh as a Superstar).  We do this because LeBron is not Jordan and Spoelstra is not Phil Jackson type personality.

The first two years before LBJ took his talents to South Beach, and we had the Heatles, Spoelstra won about 56% of his games with one Great and a ton of average players (Michael Beasley, Jermaine O’Neal, Quentin Richardson, and Carlos Arroyo).  I know you look at the 1st rd exits in both years, the Atlanta Hawks I can’t defend, but the next year the Celtics bounced Spoelstra and the Heat.  Give him credit he still got the team above .500 in the East and we know you can make the playoffs with a sub .500 record.  In Spoelstra’s first 2 years as head coach Dwayne Wade had the best years of his career and Wade credited Spoelstra for helping smooth out his shooting form.  Once again you need multiple superstars to make championship runs, but with one superstar Spoelstra continued to keep the Heat above water.

“No rebounding, No Ring” words spoken by Pat Riley, but the Heatles are one of the worse rebounding teams ever.  Why would Pat Riley make a team that went against his philosophy?  Because Pat Riley deferred to Erik Spoelstra to build this two time championship team.  For the last time world please repeat after me “PAT RILEY IS NOT BEHIND THE SCENES COACHING THE HEAT!”  Stop that talk, this is Spoelstra’s team and it shows.  They devalue rebounding and post play.  Say what you will about “Showtime” Lakers, but they were a down low post playing team, don’t believe me see the name Kareem Abdul-Jabar.  Spoelstra’s team is not built that way, he believes in the new wave of the NBA.  Wingman scoring, huge emphasis on the Guards and Small Forward play, with situational defense, and three point shooting.  This is not the Riley way, but the Spoelstra way, because its coached by SPOELSTRA!

Lastly, if you watched the Finals, Spoelstra out coached Popovich in situational moments, and for a good majority of the series.  You want to know why Tony Parker didn’t play down the stretch of Game 6 and 7, because LeBron James wore him down.  A move Spoelstra made, he decided to have LeBron switch onto Tony Parker earlier.  How about the small line up Spoelstra forced Popovich to have to play?  Spoelstra neutralized the Heat’s weakness of rebounding by making the Spurs go small or move their bigs out of the lane to respect shooters.  Also how about the Game 6 decision to let LBJ go “Cleveland” style in the 4th quarter by giving LBJ isolation and a running start from just below half court to attack the basket.  Another great testament to Spoelstra’s coaching is his ability to watch and breakdown tape, so his team will be prepared for the next game.  This NBA Playoffs, anytime the Heat lost a game they won the next game.  Also an interesting stat is outside of these Finals if the Big 3 lost game won in the playoffs they usually went on to sweep the next four games.

So before we give all the credit to LeBron, and Riley.  Before we disregard Spoelstra’s coaching ability.  Before we start wondering if Spoelstra is a Hall of Fame coach.  Let’s just respect what this man has done thus far in his young coaching career.  The Zen Master didn’t have his team do Yogi for 1 ring, but 11.  Pop didn’t lose his hair on his way to 1 ring, but 4.  Riles didn’t keep dying his hair black for 1 ring, but 4.  And Spoels didn’t watch hours of tape, take a LBJ shoulder bump, and a Dwayne Wade cursing out to just win 2 rings, but….

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Jason “Big J” Allen Prediction:

Heat win Game 7

Game 7!!!  but I’m still exhausted from Game 6.  Big Play and I watched Game 6 (shout out to Jack Daniel and BP hospitality) and I’m sad to report that was the Spurs one chance to close the door on the Big 3 in Miami.  Que up “Eye of the Tiger” for me because the LeBron we saw in the 4th and OT, that was demanding the ball and yelling at teammates for not giving him the rock (very Kobesque).  This final game will dictate the legacy of a King or the downfall of a Prince.  I’m with the Heatles showing up and taking care of business, but it won’t be Lennon or McCartney (LBJ or Wade), its going to be Harrison and Star (Chalmers, Miller, Allen, and Birdman Birdman).  Let’s not forget in close out games with the Heat the role players play their roles and shoot the lights out.  I see the same thing tonight.  Forget dinner with the players Pop, forget the pity party in the press conference, forget the Ray Allen saved LBJ legacy (I don’t hear anyone dissing The Dream, Shaq, Kobe, Duncan and etc when Robert Horry and Derek Fisher hit clutch lucky bounce shots so stop with the Ray Allen crap, LBJ don’t ball out in the 4th there is no need for a late 3 to tie), and forget the NBA is fixed talk (Spurs win LBJ is a choke artist, Heat win NBA is fixed give me a break people).  In the words of Jay-Z “We are about to WITNESS a Dynasty like no other” (well except Mr. Russell’s). I’m taking the Heat as the repeat NBA champions, Got 1, Got 2…  Now you just have 6 more to go LeBron!

What do you think let me know @UnsportsmenBigJ

Raymond “Big Play” Miller prediction:

Spurs win Game 7

So it comes down to this… 1 game… 48 minutes…  championship on the line.  Who wants it bad enough?  I know D. Wade will show up after having a bad Game 6 and Tony Parker will do the same.  Bosh did his thing last game (but we still don’t respect him after his comments to the fans or rather ticket holders) and Ginobili didn’t.  LeBron has to and WILL be LeBron (brother please keep that headband on MERCY!!!! didn’t know if that was LBJ or Joel Anthony on the court and shoutout to Hawk Harrelson).  Greg Popovich normally makes great adjustments after losses as we’ve seen in this series and Erik Spoelstra putting birdman, birdman back in the series gave the team some energy, which was great for the home crowd early.  However, I believe this game will come down to x-factors who between Mike Miller and Gary Neal will be the difference in the game. My head tells me this is easy Mike Miller and Heat win going away right; but this series hasn’t been that way, GUT FEELING Neal is the difference and Timmy!!! and Pop win ring #5

Just my thoughts right or wrong tell me what you think @bprunsportsmenm

Maurice “Cool Reece” Thomas prediction:

Spurs win Game 7

Does LeBron James have a heart of a champion?  That  anwser  all depends on how LeBron handles the pressure in game 7.  I wrote an article stating that LeBron may not be the one (LeBron James more Mr. Anderson than NEO).  Its not about the headband or Ray Allen saving his legacy, its about how aggressive can LeBron be by attacking the basket.  If LeBron is passive or settling for jump shots then you can’t expect the rest of the team to carry him or the Heat to win.  The Spurs want it more than the Heat, is just the feeling I get.  After Game 6 the Spurs decided to have a dinner together to clear the air and to talk about what happen and what is expected for the team.  Now you know the Heat are not going to do that.  I’m not saying in order to win a championship your  team has to go out to dinner with each other, but it still builds team chemistry.  On that note Heat fans should be more worried about LeBron anxiety instead his headband. I’m taking the Spurs.

I’m just saying, but what say you @coolreece15

We are missing the old man of the group James “JD” Davis, but maybe I will update this with his take in an hour or so.  We all will be watching the game so feel free to tweet and harrass us.  Here’s to a Great Game 7! UnSportsMen Mic Crew

“If I ain’t better than Big I’m the closest one ” Jay-Z

You can take this anyway, sub “Big” with Michael Jordan and then you would have Kobe Bean Bryant’s legacy.  Last night “The World’s Greatest Basketball Player On The Planet” was a total no show.  So it begs the question, “WWKD” what would Kobe do?

I’m not a huge Kobe fan but I respect the Black Mamba.  When you have a chance to win a championship and your the #1 (LeBron James) guy for your team numbers go out the door it’s about mindset. The mindset that everyone in the building, players, fans, and coaches know that I’m the best player in the gym and I’m about to take this damn game over. 

I felt that Lebron had that chance in the beginning of the 2nd half to do just that.  Neal hit that big 3 pointer to get the Spurs and fans excited going into the half.  James needed to hurt their feelings coming out of the locker room, like the Mamba would.  Unfortunately, he came out like a Prince who was disinterested and upset about the efforts of Bosh and Wade.  Instead of getting in those guys faces LeBron showed them that the Heat are nothing without him (we’ve seen this Cleveland #DelonteWest #Gloria).

Kobe would’ve cursed them jokers out, he also would have forced his opponent to adjust to him instead of settling for jumpers.  Losing by 36 is not what kills me, it’s seeing a great player seem like he’s ok with having an average game.  At the end of the day to heck with being liked, your legacy is on the line.  Kobe wouldn’t and won’t let anyone dictate his legacy but him.  Even if that means snitching on Shaq, playing with Kwame Brown, pissing off Phil Jackson (and reuniting), or even shooting his team out of games.  At the end of the day that’s what the Mamba is and will always be.  If the Heat lose this series what will LeBron’s legacy be known for?  He might not even know from the way he played in Game 3.  So again ask in Game 3 WWKD?

Raymond “Big Play” Miller

@bprunsportsmenm

With Game 3 of Finals being played tonight in San Antonio the defending champion Miami Heat are looking to take back home court advantage in the series.  The Spurs have two of there big 3 playing but where is the Slashing Argentinian (i made that nickname up)Ginobili!!!!!! #CharlesBarkleyVoice.  Ginobili is avg 9.0pts so far and even worse only took 6 shots in Game 2.

Obviously, everything runs through Tony Parker who should take the majority of the shots but if the Spurs want to avoid getting blown out again they have to get Ginobili involved. I’m not being critical of Pop(currently one of the best in the game if not the best), but I feel that he needs to setup some back cuts and screens for Ginobili to get some easy looks at the basket, those moves may also get him to the line.  Some top of the key isloation plays where Ginobili can take advantage of Chalmers/Cole in the 4th quarter, because the King will be on Parker.  Once #20 gets some easy buckets he’ll regain his confidence and start to play like the man that helped the Spurs win multiple championships.

Again the Spurs won’t win this series without Ginobili.  Or if Pop decides to get his Erik Spoelstra on and sit Ginobili ala D. Wade, but I don’t think the Spurs have anyone else with enough talent to fit Ginobili’s production.  So they will live or die with GINOBILLLLI!!!!  (Again in Charles Barkley voice) and I think they live by him tonight.  My pick tonight is Spurs 101 Heat 97.

Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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This will be easy.  Basically the Heat BIG THREE out played the Spurs big three.  Even Spoelstra out coached Popovich for stints during the game while the game was close. What did Spoelstra do?  First he forced Popovich to go to a small line up, this is effective because one it allows LeBron to play the 4 (complete mismatch for whoever has to check him.  If its Splitter LeBron steps out on the wing, it was Leonard he got put in the post), but the most important thing going small did was allow the Heat to have an advantage on the boards.  The Heat out rebounded the Spurs in this game.

Spoelstra also noticed that the Heat were getting good looks in Game 1, but didn’t take great advantage of it.  Enter sharpshooters (Miller, Allen, and even Cole has been effective from 3) and exit no legs Wade.  Great adjustment, and the scary part is Popovich is still not pulling the trigger on a no game remaining Manu Ginobli.

Turnovers Turnovers and Turnovers…  4 in Game 1 and the Spurs had 4 in the first quarter and 6 in the 35-5 run the Heat went on.  No one expected to see the Spurs to repeat the amazing 4 turnover stat from Game 1, but you can’t have 17 turnovers and win.  Hell the Pacers, who play better defense than the Spurs, couldn’t win with 16 turnovers, so the Spurs had no chance.

Last moment of note in Game 2 (not the overrated block on Splitter), the way the Heat defended the pick, screen, and roll with Tony Parker.  They flashed high and trapped on Parker and help defense stopped the cutter from getting a the ball in the paint for a high percentage shot.  That is why the Spurs got some great 3 point looks in the first half.  The shots they missed in Game 1 they made in Game 2.

Overall this was a great first half, but a terrible second half for fandom and the Spurs.  The Heat got their legs back (still don’t buy the tired thing, if they were tired Gatorade and Powerade need to get their money back from Wade and James), and were able to force the Spurs into silly turnovers.  I mentioned in the “Outside the Box Predictions” for the series that Spoelstra has to out coach Popovich.  Well Spoelstra did it in Game 2, and the Heat weakness in Rebounding was a strength in Game 2.  May we see a Blair in Game 3 to combat the small line up and give some physical play?  Another “Outside the Box Prediction”.  We will see, here’s to a competitive Game 3!

Jason “Big J” Allen

@UnsportsmenBigJ

I’ve taken my talents to South Beach; Boom Boom Room is shut down for the week.  I’m in wet willies drinking.  Someone call me a cab, but I’m definitely in my zone and so is Tony Parker if the Heat keeps leaving Cole and Chalmers on him.  For those who think Erik Spoelstra can’t coach give the man credit for adjustments made after his team loses a game, especially a game 1.  After losing Game 1 to OKC in last years Finals Heat won 4 straight; after losing games in this years playoffs the Heat have not only won the next game after that but some of them have been blowouts.  Why do you think Pop’s been praising LBJ and questioning the medias basketball IQ?  Meanwhile having his Spurs interns digging up dirt on Gloria (LeBron’s mama). Popovich knows in the Finals you don’t win most games shooting 43% from the field and 32% from 3 and only having 4 turnovers again is highly unlikely.  

Honestly, I feel like the Heat should establish Bosh down low and try to draw fouls on Duncan and Splitter; moreover, putting LBJ on Parker starting the 2nd half would make some sense. LeBron gonna do what he do and play his game and getting teammates involved early.  The other side of this is LBJ may have to take the game over if Wade isn’t more consistent. Bottom line Heat win tonight 95-85.

Raymond “Big Play” Miller

@bprunsportsmenm

It’s the NBA Finals and unless you are living under a rock we all know this series should and will be a Great ONE!  Is Duncan going to match Kobe in rings, and make an argument for having the best Dynasty of this Era (Move over Lakers).  Will the King get revenge on the Spurs sweeping him when he was just a Prince?  Either way this is a career finishing, or defining moment for whoever wins this series.  So I decided to go around what the experts are saying and see if I can pull some points that both teams would need to win.

Spurs ways to win:

Rebounding

The Spurs are a good rebounding team, and they will have to keep that trend up, because we all know the Heat are a lackluster rebounding team (looking at you Bosh).  Along with rebounding they have to revel in the aggressive play in the paint.  The Heat should be coming in a bit beaten and battered so continue the process and hope by Game 6 or 7 the Heat run out of fuel.

Make LeBron a scorer

We saw when LeBron has to carry the SCORING load aka go back to his Cleveland days, the Heat fall apart.  Yes make LeBron become Carmelo Anthony, no teammates involved and dribble, dribble, dribble.  The Spurs should be used to this blueprint, because they used it to sweep the Cavs in the Finals years ago.

Manu, Manu, Manu get off the Milk Carton

This one is easy, the Spurs need Manu to be Great, not good, but GREAT.  These playoffs Manu has shown up in sprinkles, yet this series that will not do.  If Manu can outperform Wade in this series, the Spurs will win.  Remember James and Parker will be a wash, Tim Duncan will basically make Bosh a wash so you need Manu to out perform Wade.  In Game 7 I feel the Heat rediscovered who they are and will bring in a more aggressive Wade, so Manu needs to do what he does best. Score, and frustrate opponents.

Heat Need To Win

Spoelstra needs to out coach Pop, or Better turn into Pat Reily

Erik Spoelstra has to show that he is “THE COACH” in this series.  He can not be out coached like he was in the Bulls and Pacers series.  Why?  Well the Spurs are a way better and polished team then the Pacers and Bulls.  They will take advantage of the bad coaching and bad positioning.  Spoelstra also needs to tap into his inner Reily, and promote strong paint defense, and rebounding.  Remember Reily’s saying “No Rebounding= No Rings”  Spoelstra has to live in that saying and get the Heat to buy in.

Heat Bench has to outplay Spurs bench

The Heat bench was M.I.A. (no pun) for most of the Pacers series, to bad the Pacers didn’t have a strong enough bench to take advantage.  Well the Spurs do, hell Pop benched his starters against the Warriors and the Spurs benched sparked a come back.  So I’m looking directly at you Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Norris Cole, and “Birdman Birdman” (thank you Shaq) Chris Anderson.  These guys have to out perform the Spurs bench and add an element to help the starters to get rest.  If LeBron has to play 44+ minutes a game in this series we will see a repeat of the Mavs vs Heat Finals when LeBron had nothing left in the tank.

Don’t make a Star out of a Non Big Three for the Spurs

What I mean by this, is we expect Duncan, Parker, and possibly Manu to go off and ball out.  At the end of the Finals if we are talking about the great performance of a Leonard, Splitter, Neal, Blair, or Bonner.  Don’t allow any of these player sot make a big four, or play well enough on defense to make on of the Heat big three disappear.  If I had to choose I would say be careful with Blair….  (that’s me letting everyone get all the laughing out)…  (you probably just looked up his numbers and realized he has rarely played in this series)…  (and now do you have control of yourself?  Good I will continue).  Blair has the body and aggressive post play that he can actually contribute in this series.  The Heat have shown they can’t deal with post players that can bang.  So again Heat don’t allow a Big Four to emerge for a Series.

Now these points are outside the box points that I think each team needs to win.  I reserve the right to switch up after each game.  What do you think of my outside the box points?

Jason “Big J” Allen

@UnsportsmenBigJ

 

 

So it is easy to look back in hindsight and say what someone should have done, but what the Pacers should have done was win Game 1.  Why??? Not because the Pacers could have taken a 1-0 lead, not because the Pacers get the home court back (they did win Game 2 so they got the home court back), and not to show the Heat who’s boss.  They needed to win Game 1 because they would have had the adjustment advantage for Game 7.

We can all agree that Frank Vogel out coached Erik Spoelstra whole series, but Spoelstra didn’t have to be perfect to win, he just needed to be able to respond to every aggressive chess move that Vogel made.  Vogel had the whole sporting community confused and actually thinking the Pacers were a better team than the Heat.  Ladies and Gentlemen let me assure you that the Heat were and are the better team in this series, but because of the extreme out coaching of Spoelstra, the Pacers looked like a Championship ready team.  Look at the line up man for man:

Starting PG

Hill

Chalmers

Pacers

Starting SG

Stephenson

Wade

Heat

Starting PF

West

Bosh

Tie

Starting C

Hibbert

Haslem/Bosh

Pacers

Frontcourt Bench

Hansbrough/Mahimi/ etc

Battier/Anderson/

Heat

Backcourt Bench

Augustin/ Green

Cole/Allen

Heat

Best player on team

George

James

Heat

You may not totally agree with who I said is better after watching the series but pound for pound Wade is better than Stephenson (watch Game 7 if you don’t believe), West and Bosh is a tie, Bosh averaged 18pts and 8reb in the regular season West averaged 15pt and 7rebs again a wash.  The Heat have the better superstar and the better bench.  So Heat won 4 out of 7 categories, and what closed the gap was Frank Vogel’s coaching.

Vogel did make a questionable coaching decision at the end of Game 1, and that cost him the series.  The whole series went tit for tat, and every time Vogel implemented a game plan sto stop whatever the Heat did he won, but by the time they reached game 7 it was Spoelstra’s turn, and Vogel didn’t have the luxury of adjusting a game plan.  Imagine if Vogel would have changed his Game 6 strategy going into Game 7 and the same outcome happened, in Game 7 (blow out).  We would have killed him for changing his plan from what worked in Game 6.  Instead Spoelstra had the luxury of going into Game 7 knowing what Vogel had planned.  So imagine if the Pacers won Game 1, then Heat adjust win Game 2, the Pacers adjust win Game 3, Heat adjust  win Game 4, eventually that would led to a Game 7 with Vogel having the adjustment advantage.

Now I don’t want to totally throw Spoelstra under the bus, because he made great adjustments for Game 7.  He took Wade off George and let James guard him the whole game (George fouled out and only had 7pts).  He also made the early offensive game plan to get Wade and Bosh involved because we all know James can get his whenever.  Getting Wade and Bosh involved early helped them be more active on the defensive end.   Another great strategy change was the Heat trapping and pressuring the ball handler.  This is great because the Pacers are not great ball handlers as a team, it slowed down their offensive sets so they didn’t have the whole shot clock to pound the ball down low, and lastly it allowed the smaller Heat post defenders to fight their way out of bad post positions.  Another great coaching adjustment for the Heat was immediately double teaming the ball in the post.  They never really let West and especially Hibbert get the ball in man to man situations, if you can find a major fault in Hibberts game besides inconsistency it would be that Hibbert is not a good passer out of the post, so he couldn’t take advantage of the double teams.  So again Spoelstra did his homework and came out with a game plan that led to a complete blow out in Game 7.

Going back to the main point if the Pacers win Game 1, all these adjustments for the Heat would have been in Game 6 and then the ball (no pun) would have been in Vogel’s court and we have seen that when he has the ball or plan on his side the Pacers typically get the victory.  Let’s be honest we really didn’t want to see the Spurs vs Pacers, everyone just wanted to see LeBron and the Heat lose.  So for the Haters enjoy the Finals, because you’re actually going to watch the Finals.  If Vogel manhandled Spoelstra like this, wait til he gets a load of Pop!

Jason “Big J” Allen

 

We got Crown(Royal) on deck, boom boom room locked down, crown on deck, crown on…..speaking of the crown as my eyes see it ladies & gentleman The KING shall return to take his talents to… Cleveland… That is, a part of me feels like I’m watching the Miami Cavs anyway. To quote @FrankIsola (Wade playing like Larry Hughes, Bosh playing like Drew Gooden), which means the BIG 3 are now playing like the LONE 1 (LBJ is the 1 in case you forgot).

 

That’s not what LeBron signed up for (Melo would take it though) so let’s look at Wade and Bosh. Wade looks injured, no explosiveness, no lift, no energy damn is that Gabrielle Union pie that serious??? then again. Bosh isn’t hurt so what’s the excuse? Yeah I know he’s a finesse player getting dominated on the defensive end but what about the offensive side? With Wade struggling Bosh should be making the Pacers adjust to his style of play. Yea he yells and gets animated after a good play, but where is that energy when Hibbert is backing him down (No Homo). What’s even worse is Bosh and LeBron are getting paid the same this season; ridiculous! The Cavs with Mike (do whatever you want LeBron) Brown back in the fold and the probability of them selecting Nerlens Noel with the #1 pick, or trading the 1st pick to stock talent, added with some guy named Kyrie Irving already there; in my opinion it makes sense so people brace yourself for the DECISION 2014!

Onto my thoughts…..
1. Hibbert’s gotta be smarter than that right? Why follow Jason Collins after it.
2. Tyler Hansbrough is the dirtiest player in UNC history.
3. So let me get this straight Mets sweep Yanks and then get swept by Marlins? #baseball
4. Stephen Strasburg has too much talent to be this inconsistent and unfortunately he might be injury prone. Makes the Nationals look stupid for sitting him last year.
5. I think Mangini will help the 49ers a lot, with the Jets I thought he got ripped to many times over that Gholston pick. Seems people forgot his other 1st rd picks Ferguson, Mangold, Revis, and Keller.
6. That’s right Keyshawn to hell with Beiber! I trying to switch seats when cops rolled up.
7. If your not from Boston, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, or Chicago are you watching the NHL Playoffs? Well you should because it’s actually been good.
8. The way Tiger played this weekend I thought Lindsey Vonn dumped him.
9. Miguel Cabrera #BEAST nuh said.
10. Can Patrick Ewing get an NBA job please c’mon Larry Drew got the Bucks job… Larry Drew!!!

 

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