May 26, 2011 in Uncategorized
A couple of days ago, I finally finished my first season with the Miami Heat on my NBA2K11 PS3 game. It was a huge relief coz playing 82 games where one 1 game takes about an 1 ½ hours to finish, takes alotta time. AND that’s not even including playoff games!!! But it was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to my next season.
What was interesting about this season I played is that even though I played and won the NBA finals (obviously), the computer simulated the Dallas Mavericks to be my finals opponent. Yeah man, the Mavs!!! Not the Spurs or the back-toback defending champions the LA Lakers. In the REAL NBA playoffs, the Mavs knocked out the Lakers in the Western Conference semi-finals and just beat the Thunder 4-1 in the Western Conference Finals to progress to the NBA finals and in the East, the Heat did the same by beating the Chicago Bulls 4-1. IS THIS ALL A COINCIDENCE?? These 2 teams that featured in my game’s NBA finals are both in the real NBA finals?? Quite cool hey, n big ups to the guys that made the NBA2K11 game!!
I made a prediction a couple of weeks back as to who will be the 4 teams left to compete for a NBA title and I got it right.. Well technically I did:
So now it’s only fair to predict who will be in the finals and who will win the NBA finals:
Western Conference finalist: Dallas Mavericks
I cant remember when last I saw a Mavericks team play this well in the playoffs. It’s almost like Dirk Nowitzki is upset with the NBA that he finished lower than expected in the regular season MVP voting.
Well, if there was a Playoffs MVP, Dirk would be easily the holder of it. It looks like making the NBA finals was just a bridge too far for the young Oklahoma City Thunder squad but the key word here is young!!! I couldn’t see them see them winning game 5 in Dallas but Kevin Durant & the rest of the Thunder should hold their heads high and be extremely proud of what’s they’ve achieved this season and maybe they can still surprise but I doubt that coz this team is on the rise.
Eastern Conference finalist: Miami Heat
After losing game 1 so badly, few would’ve thought the Heat could do something NO ONE else in the league could do this season against the Bulls which was making them lose 4 games in a row and then ultimately the series. Chicago unfortunately, as brilliant of a season they’ve had so far, fell in the Thunder category in that their team and their star player still lacks a bit of playoff experience. Derrick Rose might’ve finished as the season’s MVP but Lebron James showed the whole world last night (and the whole series basically) that he’s still the same guy that won back-toback MVP’s before Rose did.
The NBA Finals
The Mavs and the Heat created a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, the only question is, will the result come out the same.
After Dallas kicked out the lackluster defending champs, the sky is the limit for this team and they will that this could be their last chance of reaching the promise land and enjoy the milk & honey. Their evergreen superstar Dirk Nowitzki is on the wrong side of 30 and his sidekick, point guard Jason Kidd on the wrong side of 35. The obvious question is: Will they have enough in the tank to make one final push of winning the one thing that will make their hall of fame careers complete??
The Miami Heat on the other hand have 3 of the best NBA players on their roster and to make things worse, they’re all in the prime of their careers.
Throw in the fact that 2 of those 3 players’ names are Dwayne Wade and Lebron James and immediately you’ll start to realize the mammoth task NBA teams have to beat these guys and make no mistake, they are beatable but that will become more difficult the more time these guys play together.
Prediction: Unsure of who will have home court advantage, I think this series might go the distance of 7 games, but in my book there’s only one winner: The Miami Heat to win in 6 or 7 games and here’s why:
- The Heat is playing defense: Either the Mavs are unstoppable offensively or the teams they’ve played so far don’t like playing D but they will have a tough time to score against a Heat team who’s as good (if not better) defensively as they are offensively.
- Lebron is finally coming through in the clutch: Now he only needs to work on his post-up moves!! His clutch shortcomings have been well documented but in this playoffs series LBJ’s performances have been nothing but spectacular.
- It’s not the 2 and ½ men show anymore: Chris Bosh has come through some heavy criticism this season. He’s heard things like he’s too soft for forward, he’s a fake tough guy, he’s a 3rd wheel etc but through all of that, he’s actually the leading point getter for the Heat in the series against the Bulls.
- Role players are starting to play their roles better: Guys like Bibby, Haslem & Mike Miller have accepted their roles on this star studded team and they’re beginning to contribute & bring things to the table coach Spo asked of them: Play tough defense & hit the open shot. Yip, it’s that simple
- The Heat have the King: He may have gone from fan favorite to public enemy nr.1 with just one “decision” but even the haters can’t deny that Lebron James is still best player in the world when he steps onto a basketball court. Throw in the fact that he’s hungrier than ever for winning a title (with the help of his superfriends) and suddenly the Mavs will have to come face to face with a beast.
I hope none of the Mavericks staff reads this blog because even though I didn’t list their strengths, there’s no denying that they are playing awesome ball at the moment. Dirk can’t miss, they’ve stepped up on D, they’ve got a couple of big guys that can trouble the Heat, Jason Terry is a hall of famer sixth man (if there was ever such a thing) and lets not forget that they will be hurting from that ‘06 finals that they lost after leading that series.
Im sure more people would like the Miami Heat to lose more rather than to see them win but I’m not one of them.
For me it’s about the players not the team. I’m not gonna deny that Dirk is probably one of the best big men that could shoot the ball to have played this game, period and that I’ll give him his due. But Lebron & D-Wade are still my main men and that’s why I support them & therefore the team they’re playing for. GO HEAT!!!!