Can they do it?

Posted by By at 3 May, at 00 : 19 AM Print

After a season full of more ups and downs than a swing set, The Miami Heat now find themselves with a 1-0 lead in their best of 7 game series versus The Boston Celtics.

In the first round of the Playoffs, Miami had little problem in defeating the clearly under-manned 76ers 4 games to 1.  Philadelphia put up a valiant effort, but after the dust had settled The Heat had little resistance in putting away the Sixers.  What Philly lacks is a true go-to Superstar that can be counted on night-in and night-out to put up 20+ points and be the guy with the ball in his hands when he is needed the most.  Fortunately for Miami, they have 3 of these. 

Yes, I said 3.  In having a roster that consists of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, Miami has the luxury of 3 players who all can be trusted with the ball in their hands with the clock winding down.  In their previous seasons when they were on their old ball clubs, both James and Bosh were “The Man” and were counted on late in games.  In Miami, the script is being written a tad differently as apparently it is James and Wade who handle late game pressure shots while Bosh acts as a decoy some could argue.

In this semi-final matchup against The Boston Celtics, Miami is going to be tested like they have never been tested before this season.  Although they lost the Regular Season series 3-1, once The Playoffs begin it’s a whole new ballgame.  These Celtics are cunning and have been down this road before; where as The Heat’s ‘Big 3’ are learning on the fly. Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen have won a Championship together.  They have been in The Finals twice and have pushed it to the limit over and over.  They are coached by an extremely intelligent leader who won’t panic even though they are already down 1-0 to this ever dangerous Heat club.  The Celts are a veteran club who knows how to get the job done and The Heat must be cautious.

The Heat have dealt with naysayers all season long and have worked their way through winning streaks (12 games), losing streaks (5 games) and injuries (Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem).  It took some time for them to get to know each other on the court and to figure out where they need to be.  Each player demands a certain amount of touches and Coach Erik Spoelstra has done an excellent job molding this team into quite the offensive juggernaut.  It isn’t easy managing 3 Superstar’s on the court at one time.  After all, this isn’t an All-Star Game…these are The Miami Heat. 

There have been many questions asked about the validity of this team and whether or not a team with 3 studs and the rest of a roster composed seemingly of duds can compete for a Championship.  Lest we forget that Lebron made remarks about winning multiple Championships and the way they looked at times this year it’s easy to chalk up James’ comments to the excitement of playing alongside Bosh and Wade.

After finishing off the season strong and taking 2ndoverall in The Eastern Conference, walking over The Sixers in the 1st round and their destruction of the Celtics in Game 1 of the Semi-Finals one has to wonder if they have finally put it all together at the right time.

The question one has to ask themselves is pretty obvious…Can they win it all?

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