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Saturday, April 28, 2012

NBA Playoff Preview Part 3 Heat/Knicks

 Eastern Conference
#2 Miami Heat vs #7 New York Knicks
The Heat are led by their big two and a half; Lebron James, D'wyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. The Knicks are led by Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. The Heat are the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. The Knicks are the weirdest team in the league.

These two teams are very similar; Both like to score the ball( each team averaged over 97 points per game) create Turnovers(The Knicks were 2nd in the NBA , Miami 3rd, in turnovers forced per game ) and turn the ball over to their opponents(Miami was 23rd in the league with 15.2 per game, NY was 29th averaging 16 a game.)

If Miami fails to win the Title this year, it's season will be considered a failure. The Heat were led in scoring, rebounding, and assists by Lebron. That is an amazing feat even if you dislike the man. The Heat are at their best when Wade and Lebron are running in the open court and creating havoc in opponents passing lanes. Their half court offense can get very stagnant at times, with Lebron and Wade seemingly alternating possessions, while the other four guys watch. The key to beating Miami is to deny the rim and force them to hit jumpshots.

The Knicks will be a stern test for Miami in this series, because they have the best rim protector in the NBA, Tyson Chandler. He was a huge reason the Mavericks beat the Heat in the Finals last year. The Knicks excel when they share the ball, but too often Carmelo decides that he does not want to do this. Carmelo is the key to this series for the Knicks. If he catches fire, he could lift NY to a couple of wins all by himself. If he goes cold, the Knicks will get swept. Amar'e Stoudemire is back from injury and playing for the Knicks,  He's a guy that if he finds his game could dominate the Heat in the paint, which is Miami's biggest weakness. Jeremy Lin, the most overrated NBA player of all time, is not expected to play in this series for NY.

The Pick: Miami in 7 games. This will be a much closer series than most think. Miami wins because; Wade will not let them lose, and the Knicks do not have enough defenders to slow down the Heat in a seven game series.

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