Blowout in South Beach

8291848680_bdd70639d4_bYesterday’s blowout playoff game between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls had to of been the most physical games in history. There is definitely a rivalry and history between these teams. The Bulls are typically a very tough, physical team based around defense. The Heat on the other hand are based on offense and not as physical as the Bulls. The better team here is obviously Miami, but the Bulls keep getting under their skin and Miami is losing their minds. The referees last night had to break up a fight what seemed like every time down the court. These NBA players are supposed to be role models and when kids see them fighting and swearing they are just going to repeat what their role models do.

There was a total of 51 personal fouls in the game. There was a total of 9 technical fouls in the game and one flagrant foul. Two people on the Bulls got ejected too, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. As you can see this was a very physical game. Both the Bulls and the Heat need to stop fighting and just play the game. Especially the Bulls, they get under the Heats skin and then they are the ones who have people get ejected. In the first half it was a close game because the Heat were not focused they were too busy fighting.

Once the second half started it looked like the Bulls did not know what hit them. LeBron James scored 19 points in the first half and 0 in the second half because he was making everyone else on his team look good. Ray Allen and Norris Cole took over the game during the second half. Ray had a couple 3-pointers and (and 1’s). Norris had a couple big 3-pointers also. The Heat ended up beating the Bulls 115-78, the worst loss by the Bulls in playoff history. The Heat out rebounded the Bulls 41 to 28 and the Heat had 20 fast break points while the Bulls had 2. Miami scored 56 points in the paint and the Bulls scored 18. Miami’s biggest lead in the game was 46 points. That is what I call a blowout.

Five Ways The Miami Heat Beat You

It is almost playoff time in the NBA. For basketball fans, it is the best time of the year. You never know who will make a run, and who will become a legend in NBA history. Every team has a chance in the playoffs. But there is always a team that seems unbeatable in a seven game series. This year it is the Heat. After a bad loss to the Pacers in early February, it looked like the Heat were easily beatable. They then went on to win 27 straight games, manhandling some of the best teams in the league. How can they possibly be so good night in and night out? Here are 5 ways they beat you.

 1. Three point shooting

The Heat were one of the best shooting teams in the league last year, and they have become twice as good this year. With the edition of the greatest three point shooter of all time, Ray Allen, and even better shooting from Lebron and Norris Cole, teams are forced to play tight defense on the heat. If you don’t, you kiss any chance of a win goodbye. When you do play tight D, they just let Lebron and Wade beat you to the basket.

2. Unselfishness

When you watch the Heat play consistently, you notice something every game. Almost every shot the Heat take is a good look. All of the players are willing to make that extra pass to get the best look possible. It is even more impressive when you consider the especially good shooting they have. This unselfishness is priceless when it comes down to a game seven in the playoffs.

 3. Coaching

When the Heat lost to the Mavericks in the 2011 Finals, the coaching staff sat down and decided they needed to change their offense. With all the skill Miami has, they cannot afford to play like the rest of the league. The Heat incorporated a post offense for Lebron and Wade, opposed to leaving them on the perimeter, and it has paid dividends for them. Once they get going, they can just kick it out to their three point shooters. It is simple, but efficient.

4. Defense

The edition of Chris “Birdman” Andersen has really improved a good defense to a great defense. Lebron and Wade both are very strong forces on defense, but the Heat were lacking a strong piece to stick in the game for 15 minutes a night to help down low. Andersen has provided that, and now players are finding it even harder to get past the red hot Heat with the Bird standing in the middle.

 5. Lebron James

Lebron is Lebron. There is nothing to describe the level that he is playing at right now. Teams used to play off of him and let him beat them with his shooting. Now he can actually shoot the ball. When you play up on him, he explodes to the basket and finishes with a layup or a dunk. When you play off of him, he just hits the jumper in your face. He used to be made fun of for not being able to finish in the clutch. Now it has become his trademark. He is “Jordanesc”.


With these 5 things going for them, the Heat are the best team in the league.  

Welcome to The Club

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On Wednesday January 16, 2013 in Oracle Arena history was made by 28 year old LeBron James for the Miami Heat. James became the youngest player to reach 20,000 points in a career and he also reached the 5,000 mark for assists. James is now one of 11 people with 20,000 points, 5,000 assists, and 5,000 rebounds. LeBron reached 5,000 rebounds last year. James is one of 38 players to pass 20,000 points including his teammate Ray Allen.

LeBron James was drafted in 2003 first overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers right out of high school. He went to St. Vincent St. Mary High School in Ohio. James was a great high school basketball player, and he won many awards. He was named Consensus 2003 National High School Player of the Year. He was also named parade High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the as a Junior and a Senior. LeBron James was the first 2-time winner in the 47-year history of the award. He was also named USA Today boys’ high school basketball Player of the Year junior and senior seasons. Lastly James was named Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior and senior.

This season LeBron is 5th in the ppg (points per game) averaging 26 points and 10th in assists with 6.9 per game. James’ had 20 plus points in the first 33 games of the season the second largest 20 plus points streak from the beginning of a season. LeBron James is arguably the best NBA player ever and he has not even played 10 years yet, he is only 28 years old and is getting better. Lebron James is my favorite sports player because of his determination, resilience and his skill. I believe by the end of LeBron’s career he will have broken almost all the records and will win many more championships and gold medals. I hope everyone will believe that he is as good or better than Michael Jordan. LeBron is a one of a kind player who is 6’8 and can dribble and shoot like a 6’1 point guard but, can still rebound and dunk like a 7 foot center. This is why he is the best player the NBA has and will ever have, and welcome to the 20,000 points and 5,000 assist club.

Celtics Still Have Gas Left in the Tank

After defeating the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, the Boston Celtics are up 2-1 against the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA playoffs. They won Game 1 by one point,  but lost Game 2 in a tough one point game. Then they went to Philadelphia and blew out the 76ers 107-91. Game 4 is tomorrow night in Philadelphia. If the Celtics make it to the next round, they will play either the Indiana Pacers or the Miami Heat. The Heat are the better team, but they are losing the series 2-1.  To beat either team would be a tough but possible task. Even though the Heat are the better team, the Celtics had more trouble with the Pacers. They were able to handle the Heat, going 2-1 against them in the regular season. To win the championship, a team needs 16 playoff victories. The Celtics have six. How many will they get before they finish their season?

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