Nerd of Batman, sports, logic, objectivity, Star Trek, personal enlightenment, Lincoln, the Rays, psychology, mic dropping. Kind've in that order.
KCP - Kentavious Caldwell Pope
WAR - Wins Above Replacement
FIP - Fielding Independent Pitching
LD% - Line Drive Percentage.
LOOGY - Left Handed One Out Guy
B/S - Batman/Superman
I'm conflicted. I usually always throw out rooting interests in place of being right. I root to be right. Got that? I don't think there's anything I enjoy more than being right. I put a great deal of effort and research into being right.
I picked the Spurs in 6 (SA, MIA, SA, MIA, SA, SA), but I REALLY want the Heat to win, as you can see below.
I actually come out of this NBA Finals feeling good either way. It's like betting against your team on a Sunday. They lose, you win the money. They win, you get the satisfaction of starting Monday with the enthusiasm of a W.
I'm not going to drop a SEE! JUST AS I THOUGHT on you after Tony Parker's dexterous French kiss helped the Spurs eek out a Game 1 win. I just want to make a comparison.
While the Heat lost, had a terrible fourth quarter and Chris Bosh is just a mess in so many ways, up until the end of that game they looked to be playing with an immense sense of relief.
No more every other day drilling in the dental chair.
Yea, the body language of the Heat looked like mine after I leave the dentist's office. Just a complete sense of relief. Whew! See you in 6 months!
The Heat need to win four of the next six to become back to back champions, and it won't be easy. Before the panic though, remember, they were down to their toughest opponents the last two postseasons - Pacers, C's, OKC, Chi, Pacers - and won them all. But now, in addition to knowing they won't be so mismatched as they were by Hibbert and West, there'll be more of even playing field since Popovich won't have had an excess of time to develop the perfect game plan for the Heat. Pop's probably the best all around coach in the NBA, but giving him over a week to prepare for an opponent is like giving the Spurs a 20 point head start before the tip.
I've been saying all postseason, ErikSpoelstra is underrated. He may have been a bit slow to respond to what the Heat faced against Indiana, but great coaching tactics go nowhere without player execution.
Spoelstra benched Battier in Game 7 in the ECF, and if Bosh continues to miss open shots, then all the adjustments Spoelstra's going to make won't do a damn thing.
It's one game, and the Heat can't lose three more. They even played a fairly crisp game and still lost. But at least Miami knows it can play to its identity throughout the series, and if they get beat at that, so be it. Letting Parker carve you up is much easier to digest than turning Roy Hibbert into the NBA's best center, so no I probably won't spend this series claiming that the Heat are NOTHING until they get better play from the point guard position.