The real question is: can anyone take down league MVP LeBron James and the Miami Heat?
Miami seems to have it made right now. They have arguably the best ‘big three’ in the league, they have growing support from fans around the country and they look like they are on the fast-track to title No. 2 in two seasons.
However, they can be stopped. In what is their only loss in the postseason thus far, the Chicago Bulls exposed a major weakness of the Heat: post play. In Game 1, the starting post players Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh combined for just 13 points and nine rebounds. These numbers will not cut it for any team looking to make another title run.
The Heat may have the best guard play left in the playoffs, assuming James sometimes runs point when he needs to, but that doesn’t nearly make up for the lack of rebounding that they have exhibited.
In the Game 1 loss, Miami was outrebounded by 14 and looked absolutely weak down low. In fact, that has been their problem all season long. The combined scoring and rebounding average all season long by the starting power forward, Haslem, and the starting center, Bosh, was 20.5 points and 12.2 rebounds.
For the best team in the NBA to have such mediocre post play– the two guys combine for one ideal player– is something that should be addressed. Not to mention the fact that they were the league’s worst rebounding team in 2012-13.
So, to answer the question, can anyone stop LeBron James? Probably not. Can anyone stop the Miami Heat? Yes, just play the post and the points will come. Every remaining team has a solid post presence that could dominate the Heat down low.
Will the Heat repeat? If they can’t produce in the post — no.