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Heat-Sixers Series Recap: Heat a step above

Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 1:04 am
 
Chris Bosh leads the way (?!) as the Heat close out the Sixers and advance to meet their destiny versus the nemesis, the Boston Celtics
Posted by Matt Moore




It wasn't pretty, it wasn't perfect, it was closer than it should have been. But the Heat have closed out the Sixers, and advance to the second round. The clutch hero was naturally... Joel Anthony?! Moving on, here's how this series wrapped up. 

Series MVP: Chris Bosh. Who would have thought the most-criticized of the Triad would step up like this? 19.8 points per game for Bosh, and he finally showed the kind of aggression you would have hoped to have seen more of this season. Bosh found Elton Brand at the elbow, and Brand was too old to match him in speed, and not big enough to match his length. Bosh was consistently aggressive, and it paid off. The Sixers were supposed to have a better set at the 4-5 matchup, and instead, Bosh, alongside Joel Anthony, turned it. Like a Bosh.

It was over when: Game 2 when the Heat blew them out. The Sixers had shown life in Game 1, but Game 2 really showed that the talent differential was too great. The seeds of doubt were cast then. The Heat made the statement and it held through for a five-game win. 

Goat of the Series: Andre Iguodala. Iguodala had his best game of the series in Game 5, but also shot 32 percent in the other four games. And on the key possession for the Sixers late in the game, after nailing huge shot after huge shot, Iguodala missed a pull-up jumper. The Sixers needed Iggy to take it to another level in this series, which was obviously a tough matchup. That's the playoffs, though, and he couldn't get it done. Iguodala will be a superb 2nd to 3rd best player on possibly a championship team. But as "the guy" he's just not a good fit. 

Going forward, the Sixers should: Feel good about the progress they've made. Their first year under Doug Collins they made a miraculous turnaround, made the playoffs, won a game, and developed some good young talent. It may be time to cash in Iguodala as a building block and move towards Evan Turner. Especially after Turner's performance in the playoffs, dealing Iguodala makes sense, and would net them a huge array of talent. Jrue Holiday looks legit, as does Lou Williams, and Turner. With Brand getting back to decent performance, even at his age, a better starting center would set their future up nicely. They still need a star player, but sometimes the search for those takes time. 

Going forward, the Heat should: Be grateful they didn't blow this one. Pushing this to a Game 6 in Philadelphia would have sent up "Oh My God, the Heat are choking again!" panic attacks. They now get time to prepare for Game 1 against Boston on Sunday. And they're going to need it. The Heat had so much momentum going into Game 4 and lost some of it. Even Game 5 felt like more of an exhalation than a victory roar. The Heat took care of business. Now the real playoffs begin for them. 

Winners: Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joel Anthony, Mario Chalmers, Doug Collins, Jrue Holiday, Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young

Losers: LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Spencer Hawes, Mike Bibby

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Since: Jun 11, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Heat-Sixers Series Recap: Heat a step above

Well the Heat made it to round two.  But the series with Boston is going to be a challenge of another dimension for the Heat.  The Celtics have a lot of depth. The Heat barely have a starting five, much less depth.  LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are a formidable trio.  But Kevin Garnett, Paul Pearce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and the O'Neals are a formidable five.  Plus, Boston's bench is pretty strong as well.  On paper, I don't see the Heat being able to effectively and consistently deal with this depth of talent in a seven game series.  Sure, maybe a game or two, perhaps even three with some luck.  But not the series.  The firepowr of the Heats' big three is impressive, and any wins will come through them.  But against Boston, all three would have to light up at the same time.  We really have not seen that the entire season.  Thus, the possibility of winning a couple of games.  The Heat are a few pieces away from being the dominant team they want to be.  But what a nucleus they have put together to build around for the future,  If they do it right, this could become one of the greatest teams in the history of the NBA.



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 11:43 am
 

Heat-Sixers Series Recap: Heat a step above

Hey, the Heat got this series in 5. Do we really need to look much deeper than that? I say congratulations go out to both teams in this series. To the Sixers for their one game win. That is a significant accomplishment for a team in their stage of development. And, of course, to the Heat for the 5 game series win. They're moving on. Do we really need to get our microscopes out and rip this performance up? I really don't think so. But I would like to highlight the play of Chris Bosh in this series. He had been in the shadows of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade for most of this regular season. Many of us were beginning to wonder if there really was a big three in Miami. Well, Bosh really stepped up in this series with the Sixers and has a lot of us believing once again. What clutch, big performances he turned in for his team. This was the single biggest development in this series. You know Boston has to be paying significant attention and energy to this development in their preparation for this series. Bosh changes the strategy on defense. Quite a challenge, but Boston has the horses to deal with it. They simply must prepare for it. Again, congratulations to both teams in this series.


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