Why the Miami Heat Should Not Be a Favorite in the NBA, or Even the East

November 6th, 2010 by Michael Burke Leave a reply »
You can make your case of why the Lakers will win the Finals this year. Or the Celtics or Magic. I think the Lakers will complete their three-peat, but I give Boston a great shot at grabbing the title, and I think the Magic are a force to be reckoned with.

The Heat will not win the East this year, mark my words. Sure, just like the Cavaliers of the past few seasons, it wouldn’t surprise me if they finished with the best regular season record.

With that said, there is an immense difference between the NBA regular season and playoffs. In the regular season, it’s a lot more high-paced and a lot more high-scoring. The Heat have the most talent in the league, with the “big three” and the injured Mike Miller, and I expect them to start to mesh better as a team as the season continues. I wouldn’t be surprised if they won 65+ games.

That’s the regular season though. You know what wins in the playoffs? Two things really: Defense and rebounding. Just look at the NBA Finals last year between the Celtics and Lakers. Whichever team won the rebounding battle won all seven games, and a lot of the series, especially game seven ...

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