Bulls vs the Knicks on TNT tonight and OKC vs. Golden State Warriors. Looking forward to analyzing the game afterwards and break down why one of these teams won.
It’s a brand new year and the L.A. Clippers are on a 17-game winning streak. There’s no stopping the Chris Paul-led basketball team, the Clips are outmanning the other 29 NBA teams with their deep bench and inside-outside scoring of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. I think there’s going to be a lot of firepower, especially with Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford as well as Eric Bledsoe on that Clipper bench. Look for Ryan Hollins and Ronny Turiaf to provide defense and energy behind DeAndre Jordan and Griffin. It’s a close matchup between the Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers in the Central Division. Of course, can’t miss the East matchup of division leaders between the New York Knicks in the Atlantic division and the Miami Heat in the Southeast division. I like the Oklahoma City Thunder’s chances of ruling the West with their dominant basketball play behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and of course, bench scoring weapon Kevin Martin.
The Minnesota Timberwolves get Andrei Kirilenko? This is a big day for the T-Wolves. They’ll get a defensive player who will help them stop the opposing team’s best perimeter scorer. They also added Greg Stiemsma, an interior big man who will help Minnesota play tough defense and get those pesky rebounds. Brandon Roy is back in a big way for the T-Wolves and hopefulyl he’ll get back to where he started. Expect another big year from Kevin Love.
So the New Orleans Hornets are rebuilding behind Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers. Getting rid of Chris Paul and sending him to Los Angeles to play for the Clippers was a big deal for them. They got nothing in return for sending CP3 away and will play for nothing in return.
The Knicks will look good on paper with defensive additions with Marcus Camby and Ronnie Brewer and the arrival of Jason Kidd. But New York won’t play any better because of team chemistry. This is a crowded roster that needs time for its starting five and bench to jell and learn how to play together.
The only time OKC will see its championship trophy every time they get to play in the NBA Finals is if they will get to play angry and with a purpose. It will start with Kevin Durant and end with his offensive and defensive repertoires. If Durant gets more muscles and I mean more muscles, get to the weights in the gym and get stronger he will be a force to be reckoned with. His length will be hard to guard.
So the Orlando Magic start over without Dwight Howard. This will be interesting considering that they have new personnel in management and in head coaching status. Expect the Magic to do terrible things because they don’t have a Dwight Howard anymore. On the good side, expect Arron Affalo and Al Harrington pick up the slack.
The Philadelphia Sixers get Andrew Bynum. This should be an exciting time for the Sixers. Bynum should be able to pick up where he left off when he was with the Lakers. I really expect Bynum to make a bigger impact in Philly now. They’ll expect more out of him, but how much can Bynum develop as more time passes by?
The Miami Heat really controlled Game 5. Lebron James and Dwyane Wade ran havoc all over OKC. They scored buckets, they played defense, they ran the basketball court in their own pace, and they made sure OKC made tough baskets. They deserved to win the NBA title. They ran set plays, they made Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook make tough shots. The Heat ran up and down the court to get open shots. Heat players Shane Battier and Mike Miller made open three pointers.
The Heat won Game 4 by playing Miami basketball. Lebron James had 26 points, Dwyane Wade had 25 points, Mario Chalmers had 25 points, and Chris Bosh had 13. They pushed the tempo, they toughened up on the play, they outhustled the Thunder, and outscored OKC on every possession. If Miami does this regularly in Game 5, they’ll win the NBA championship. The Thunder are witnesses to Miami stardom in Lebron James and Dwyane Wade. If James and Wade want to win this, they’ll need a total team effort to do so in Game 5.
I enjoyed the pace the Miami Heat played last night. They pushed the tempo, played at their own pace, and pushed the young, pesky Thunder around. Lebron James had 29 points, Dwyane Wade had 25 points, and Chris Bosh had 10 points. They showed OKC how star power in basketball should be played. Dwyane Wade and Lebron James showed Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook that they are playing Heat basketball and that they are playing at the Heat’s tempo. For Game 4, the Miami Heat should keep using the winning formula since Game 3. Then they will be able to overcome stopping Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and their offensive attacks at the rim.
I didn’t watch the entire game, as I was too tired and had to go to bed. It must have been an exciting game, because Miami won. The Heat beat the Thunder 100-96. Lebron James had 32 points, Shane Battier had 17, Chris Bosh had 16 points, and Dwyane Wade had 24 points. This was a vengeful game for Miami as they win Game 2. Now, Miami has to go back to their home and play three games there. This is a special time for OKC, because Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden are all 23 years old and are trying to win the NBA title in their first trip together in the NBA Finals. Miami has to sustain the effort they won Game 2 and apply it to Games 3, 4, and 5.