LeBron and Spoelstra are easy targets to throw under the bus when the Heat eventually get eliminated but not the right ones. You can't win in the NBA without depth, and the Heat has none. That's on Riley.
For weeks now, the Celtics have given Bostonians every right to root and dream even as national NBA analysts and hometown sports reporters dissected their aches, their age and their weaknesses.
Their win on Sunday night put the pressure back on the Heat and, more importantly, back on LeBron James. Pressure bursts pipes and the Celtics have seen him crack before.
It was not supposed to be this close. Boston was not supposed to be this good; Miami, not this vulnerable. Four games through what has already been a grueling Eastern Conference finals, Miami and Boston are dead even at two games apiece.
It's young versus old, and the Thunder is a fast-paced, up-tempo team led by Kevin Durant, who was second in the NBA's MVP voting behind LeBron James.
In a new segment with Noah Coslov of CineSport, I break down why the Celtics' swing-and-miss Game 2 effort was a necessary but wildly costly risk, even as the series shifts back to Boston. Rajon Rondo was magnificent with 44 points, but he played all 53 minutes.
Because of its remarkable floor spacing and ability to run non-traditional, high-ball screens for Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, their offense quite literally leaves OKC with a cadre of defensive choices, none of which are particularly good.
Night after night, game after game, on offense and on defense, they are now working together as never before to produce plays that sometimes defy belief.
LeBron James is going to get his. And if Game 1 against Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals was any indication, he'll have an easy time of it.
Let's appreciate Dirk for who he is and was while we can, and hope that the basketball gods smile upon him while he still has a chance to prove his might.
In a new segment with Noah Coslov of CineSport, I break down why LeBron, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat remain vulnerable against Indiana in Game 6.
While Parker doesn't have the sheer athletic ability of his counterpart, his ability to get into the lane and finish below the rim with his patented floaters and leaners is remarkable. No point guard in basketball has a better "paint game."
Does it seem like people are a little bit biased against Anderw Bynum? Is it because they really want Dwight Howard? Is it because he is not jovial like Shaq? Or not the all-time best people person like Magic? Or is it too high expectations?
In a new segment with Noah Coslov of CineSport, I break down why two-time NBA MVP Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward of all time.
Moving forward minus Bosh, Miami is highly vulnerable. Let us not forget that this was the eighth most efficient half-court offense in basketball this year, and that was with Bosh. In other words, if they cannot get out and run, they can be beaten.
Instead of force-feeding the post to Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol and playing inside-out, Brown is content merely to run his half-court offense through Kobe Bryant.