The defending NBA champs are definately not done celebrating their big Finals win from last year. Looks like that entire team has one of the biggest hangovers I have ever seen and personally, it’s difficult to watch. I understand that many people dont think the Heat deserved their championship but all I have to say to those people is YOUR WRONG, but I wont get into it right now. The only player playing anywhere near the level that he should be playing is DWade (with honorable mention going to Haslem) but not even he is playing all that well (exemplified by his 5 for 23 shooting night in a loss to Detroit on thursday night).
I’m surprised that people are wondering why the Heat are struggling and the majority of people just attribute the slow start to Shaq’s injury but I’m sick of that reason. Last years Finals MVP was WADE not Shaq. Despite not having Shaq in the lineup, the Heat should still be a formidable force and should definately have a record over .500. Why don’t they? It’s very simple. The team is just playing awful. Each individual player is playing awful. Walker is averaging just 10 points/game and shooting under 40 percent. Gary Payon is averaging 36 percent shooting but I’ll give him a break because he’s 85 years old and Williams is shooting 34 percent from the field. Dorrell Wright, the guy drafted 2 years ago as a lottery pick and held from playing regularly in the NBA because he wasnt ready finally made his long awaited debut this season only to look like they had let him start too soon.
The only guys playing ok are Wade and Haslem but they really are not playing well enough to win games on their own. This entire post was written in order to convince you that Shaq’s absence is not the main reason they are losing although I admit it is one of them (but that has more to do with team chemistry and game strategy rather than his playing).
The Heat will pick up their game and get over their hangover and should be fine for winning their division and making the playoffs. I mean how long can Orlando keep keep it up? I predict that the Heat will start playing well around a week or two before Shaq comes back. They’ll win 5 or 6 games on their own playing very well and then Shaq will come back and they’ll continue winning. I predict and I know this aint much of a prediction because reporters, analysts and writers basically do the same thing every time but EVERYONE will attribute the “new” winning streak to Shaq’s arrival. They will all be wrong.
Always room for one more prediction: Miami will not make it to the NBA Finals but they will be in the Eastern Conference Finals. It pains me to say it but I have to go with my head rather than my heart on this one.
Soon to come: Top 5 at each position!!