As I predicted at the onset of this series, the Heat have taken control of this series. This time, down the stretch, it was a Chris Bosh jumper that gave Miami the go-ahead basket. For a team with three serious weapons, the Heat have found a way to make it work. And perhaps the key lies right there in Bosh and his willingness to sacrifice some of the offense he provided when in Toronto.
After having been called “Wade’s lap dog” by Stan Van Gundy and having struggles early in the season, Bosh came around. Sure, there was the incident where he blamed a crick in his neck for his struggles on the court. But that can be overlooked; the fact is, Bosh is going to be an All-Star for the better part of his remaining years and though I absolutely hate to say it – Miami’s big 3 is better than Boston’s big 3 of 2008 Champion Celtics.
The similarities are there, however, of course.
Both teams were fortunate enough to have players who were willing to set their ego (and perhaps even more importantly to some, their statistics) aside for the sake of getting a ring. It was nice to see KG win a title. I didn’t think he would ever have the chance after playing with so many mediocre Timberwolves supporting casts. The best thing the Timberwolves ever did put together involved players such as a shoot first Troy Hudson, a one dimensional slow Wally Sczerbiak..not to mention the amazing Rasho Nesterovic.
With such a supporting roster, no player could go anywhere with that team. Even LeBron’s teammates in Cleveland were better than that. And of course there was the brilliant idea by Kevin McHale to pay a failed number one pick in Joe Smith under the table. That cost the Timberwolves three first round selections, only further crippling the franchise for the future.
All that aside, and back to the topic: The Heat have what it takes to reel off four more championships. With Wade approaching 30, probably only has 3 more seasons at the top notch level, while LeBron is 26, with a few more quality seasons in the tank than Wade. So let’s say there are three more years in which the Heat will be nearly unstoppable.
What hope is there for the rest of the league? Well, in New York Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire may recruit Chris Paul to run the show. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are both for real and OKC has some nice role players to play along side them. Then there is the one man show that is the Mavs – and you see why they fail. Superstars are what win championships and all the great teams had trios:
Or at least solid tandems:
Shaq and Kobe, Shaq and Wade
Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars
Few players, save Hakeem Olajuwon, have done it by themselves. Dirk is not going to be an exception to that rule and other than a solid cast of role players, he has no second fiddle on his team. That said, I’m just going to write this year off and hand it to Miami. They might even end it in 5 or 6.