Did Vinny Del Negro Deserve To Be Fired? – Omavi Darden

Wizards v/s Clippers 03/12/11
Wizards v/s Clippers 03/12/11 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This season Del Negro led this electrifying Clippers team to a franchise high 56 wins. The Clippers won their first ever division title and while doing so ended up with the 4th seed heading into the Playoffs.

This Los Angeles team was obviously better than its counter part (The Los Angeles Lakers ) for the year. Many people believed the Clippers would make some noise in the postseason.

They were scheduled to play Memphis, a team they had beaten in an exhausting 7 game series the previous postseason. A lot of NBA viewers gave the Clippers a slight edge in this match up.

Let’s point out the fact that Los Angeles had the best player and point guard heading into the series. Chris Paul was that guy, and along with the fact that the Clippers had such a good bench was also a reason for the slight edge. Heading into the playoffs Vinny was constantly put on the hot seat. His player rotations, coaching schemes, and late game deficiencies were always questionable.

Del Negro at times, seemed to put players on the court who didn’t seem to jell on the offensive side of the ball. His starting rotations were scrutinized.  Several times in the year a player coming of the bench would be outplaying the starter at that same position. Matt Barnes for much of the year outplayed Caron Butler, yet he still played in limited minutes behind the depreciating Butler. Also having Chauncey start at the shooting guard position didn’t make sense to many people as well.

Billups was injured most of this season, slower due to his age, and an inconsistent shooter for the most part. Willie Green was overall a better athlete, defender, and shot more consistently than the aging Billups. This Clippers team looked very stagnant on offense as well. Los Angeles abused the pick and roll to death, and became very predictable. Once teams started figuring out how to stop it, Chris was forced to go iso at the top of the key. Isolation basketball isn’t winning basketball, it takes a team to win, not one player.

Those were the Clippers two main ways of scoring, and a few down screens for shooters every now and then which didn’t work out to0 well in the long run. Del Negro seemed to want Paul to do everything on offense. He allowed Chris to dictate almost everything that was run on the court. As good as Chris Paul is, he isn’t a head coach in this league. He is a player, Del Negro is the coach.

Vinny should be the one in charge, he needs to put his players in positions to score. You can’t expect your star point guard to play his heart out on the court, and be a coach at the same time. It doesn’t work like that.  Everyone on the team has a task. The defense was just as bad.  Multiple teams lit up the Clippers from behind the arc during the season. It was as if they were running shooting drills on this disoriented Clippers squad. The Clips were constantly late on rotations, and close outs on shooters.

There was a report earlier in the season, that Vinny changed the defense up game by game. This tells me Del Negro doesn’t have a consistent reliable scheme at his disposal. If you are changing up the defense all the time, how do you expect players to be able to adjust in game situations. The players need to get a feel for the defense being run, and grow a custom to running it to perfection. The Clippers had  slow perimeter defenders, and frequently allowed penetration from opposing wing players. This defense appeared very discombobulated, too many times for a championship contender.

The Clippers late in games weren’t all that impressive either.  Vinny would allow Paul to handle the rock at the top of the key, let the shot clock wind down, and go one on five hoping to score. That doesnt even sound like offense in any way, shape, or form. He didn’t run many set plays late in games, this is probably the main reason the Clippers were so anticipatable in tight games. Del Negro seemed to only have faith in Paul on offense.  He hardly ever attempted to get any other players involved on offense in the fourth quarter of games.

Vinny had previously coached the Chicago Bulls from 2008-2010. He was very average at best, going a measly .500 both seasons with a record of 41-41 each year. He was shortly fired after his disappointing outing.  Once Del Negro left, the Bulls went an incredible 62 -20. Maybe Del Negro was the problem after all, who knows? So from there he became the Clippers coach in 2010. He wasn’t brought in to win a championship, but to be an average coach on a below average team.

Vinny was doing fine for the time being, until Chris Paul arrived in a blockbuster deal. Once Paul landed on the Clippers, expectations went up. Los Angeles was expected to compete for a title, year in and year out. Failure would not be tolerated. Once the losing started occurring, the spotlight was then shined on Del Negro.

He was an average coach, his weaknesses were being ridiculed. It wasn’t his fault and this wasn’t what he signed up for. In his first year over Paul, Del Negro’s team would go on to be swept in the second round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs. Vinny was on the spot heading into this season. People wanted a championship, nothing less would be acceptable.

I believe Vinny was overwhelmed, the pressure really got to him. Del Negro was only an average coach at best to begin with, remember that. So the Clippers would go on to lose in 6, against the hungry for revenge Grizzlies team. Del Negro would later lose his job once this season ended. So do I think he deserved to be fired. I would say yes, only due to the circumstances he was put in. He wasn’t ready for all of this to begin with, and isn’t a championship caliber coach. So with all of that said, I believe the Clippers made the right decision to let him go

Bad Combination (New York Knicks)

Over the past decade or so the New York Knicks had a plan that was suppose to get them back to the promise land. But the thing is they failed! They spent half the decade chasing a guy who paid them no attention, LeBron James. They shed contract after contract in hopes of freeing up enough money to sign LeBron and another star to play alongside him. They never thought about building around anyone else besides LeBron and that’s why their plan failed.

Do you think they wanted Amare’, I can’t stay healthy for five games, Stoudamire as their centerpiece? Because they didn’t. They wanted LeBron, Wade or Joe Johnson, Amare’ was down the list. Once Miami captured LeBron, Wade and Bosh, Atlanta signed Joe Johnson and Chicago signed Boozer the Knicks decided to sign Stoudamire.

Right after they signed Amare’, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony gave the Knick’s fan base something to talk about by saying they were going to join Amare’ once their contacts were up in attempt to rival the big three that assembled in Miami.

Once the season started it looked like signing Amare’ was smart. He was grabbing rebounds, blocking shots, getting buckets and leading the team. He continued to do that until Carmelo Anthony joined midseason via trade. On paper the trade seemed legit, but if you know basketball, which some of yall don’t, you would’ve known that they played the same game and wouldn’t be able to flourish together.

At the start when they weren’t playing well with each other people wanted to compare them to Miami and make excuses instead of looking at the obvious. The obvious being their games weren’t compatible. Eventually they got swept by the Celtics in the 1st round of the Playoffs and went into the offseason thinking about ways to make this duo work.

During that offseason (2011) they signed TYSON CHANDLER to lucrative deal. That move was comical. It didn’t make any sense and it made the puzzle even more dysfunctional. The Knicks excuse for signing him was the fact that Chris Paul expressed a desire to play with Chandler and the Knicks planned on trading Amare for Paul, which wasn’t going to happen since New Orleans was owned by the league.

So instead of getting LeBron they got Amare’ and Melo; and then the next year bring in Tyson Chandler instead of Chris Paul. In other words they failed two years in a row when it came to getting a superstar. Tragic.

During that season they were awful, until Jeremy Lin showed up and uprighted the ship. The end result of the season was a first round exit to the Miami Heat, because of injuries to Amare’ and J.Lin.

During that offseason they brought in some “veterans” that still had something left in the tank. (Kidd, Pridgioni, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace, K-Mart, Q.Richardson, Marcus Camby and James White.) They also kept J.R. Smith and signed Raymond Felton, while Amare’ worked with Olajuwon and Chandler and Melo played in the Olympics.

This season was suppose to be a Championship season, but turned out to be the 00’s retirement club.

During the Playoffs Melo and co. started off strong until J.R. Smith turned into a child and prolonged the series against Boston. After the first three games of the Playoffs the Knicks’ flaws blossomed. They lacked consistency and chemistry. No one played their role and most of them seemed content on the fact that they were getting exposed.

Their four best players, ( well the four players who are suppose to be their best,) were all ineffective against the Pacers and they all showed why they are nothing more than 2nd tier, 3rd tier players. Chandler’s “superb” defense was no where to be found; Melo’s clutch gene evaporated; Amare’ was the 20th best player in this series; and J.R. Smith was off chasing a popstar who didn’t want him, embarrassing.

At the end of he day this wasn’t a coherent group that meshed well. There is no superstar, just a bunch of guys who want that title. There aren’t any leaders either and everyone is too inconsistent.

Changes need to be made.

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Ryan Fort

Can Anyone Beat The Heat?

Throughout this season people have said the Heat are shoulders above the rest and can’t be beaten. Me and my partners, Kenton13 ( http://wp.me/p33YLP-71) and AllenRmon ( http://wp.me/p33YLP-5A) are here to debate that claim.

Can Memphis, San Antonio or Indiana beat the Heat?

Kenton:
Yes. I think that either team could, but I feel like the Spurs have the best shot because they can score.

Ryan: I understand that, but i feel like Memphis has a better shot because of their defense and the bigs they have downlow.

R’Mon: NO!!!! When the Heat are on their game and playing their pressure defense, they are virtually unstoppable. Not to mention they have the best player in the world (just a thought).

Kenton: When anyone of these teams are on their game, they’re hard to beat!

Ryan: Fair enough, but Chicago did provide a minor blueprint on how to beat the Heat!

R’mon: Not really they eventually got beat at their own game. Miami can get physical too!

Kenton: Miami physical? I find that comical. Miami doesn’t like getting roughed up. With Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol under the basket Miami might not be able to handle it.

Ryan: Miami can get physical. Just not as much as Memphis or Indiana.

R’mon: Didn’t they handle it last year for two straight rounds against two physical teams, (Celtics and Pacers?) So you guys are factually incorrect. Sounds like a bunch of foolishness to me.

Kenton: But the Heat haven’t played big men like Randolph, Gasol and Duncan before. Big men who can go out there and get it for themselves.

Ryan: Honestly if Miami struggled with Noah and Boozer (laughs,) David West and Roy Hibbert are going to abuse them.

R’mon: Yes, but at the end of the day they will have a hard time defending Miami as well.

Kenton: True, it’s going to be hard for a team to beat the Heat, but I think it’s a possibility that someone can.

Ryan: All in all Miami can be beaten. It’s just a matter of will Indiana an Memphis stay true to their game when matched up against Miami. San Antonio plays too fast which would be disastrous in a series against the Heat.

R’mon: Well I don’t think anybody can I just can’t see it.

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R’Mon Allen

Kenton Adams

Ryan Fort

The Oklahoma City Thunder Were Favored Over Memphis Why? – Omavi Darden

Once Russell Westbrook was lost due to injury, many people still claimed that the Thunder could make it to the NBA Finals without him. I immediately disagreed with that claim.

For starters, the Thunder had a ferocious battle tested Grizzlies team to get by first. I already knew from the jump, that the Grizzlies would give the Thunder serious problems in the interior. The lethal combination of Zach and Marc scoring in the paint area and fighting for rebounds would obviously wear this undermanned Thunder team down over a 7 game series.

Their defensive schemes were just as good. The Grizzlies do a good job of forcing opposing teams top offensive players into spots on the court where there is help defense (greatly reducing the % of attempted shots and good for disrupting an efficient offense).

Next people seem to forget how good Mike Conley is. He is a top 10 point guard in my opinion. He is a good floor general, can stretch the floor with his shooting touch, and isn’t afraid to take big shots down the stretch of tight games. He is so agile and fast, he gives defenders fits trying to stay in front of him and guard him.

People also forgot that Memphis had a Tony Allen and a Tayshaun Prince. These two players are superb one on one defenders, and great team defenders as well. Tony is a quicker more physical defender who can get up in you, and pressure you into tough spots on the court. Prince is a tall/longer/finesse defender who uses his body to maneuver himself into advantageous positions on the court over offensive players (to the point where he can literally dictate the shot that the offensive player takes), and still contests it with his outstretched arms, resulting in a lower % shot. That’s exactly what Memphis wants you to do.

Marc is also the leader of this tantalizing defense. He doesn’t necessarily block a lot of shots or make the most exciting defensive plays, but its his paint presence alone that allows this Memphis team to function so well defensively. His help defense and rotations on defense are crisp as can be. He alters a lot of shots attempted in the paint area, causing them to miss severely. This Memphis team really believes in one another, and the trust factor is the reason they operate so well as a unit. Players know where teammates want the ball on offense, and also know where the help side defense is going to be at.

Memphis doesn’t necessarily have a designated star player on their team that they rely on to get them buckets at the end of close games. However, they don’t need one because they are such a good team. At the end of the day I understand Kevin Durant is a star in this league, and he can drop 40 on any given night. But at the end of the day, one man can not expect to take on a whole team and be victorious. Memphis ended up winning this series 4-1 I’m not too surprised.

Omavi Darden

Does Tebow deserve a job in the NFL?

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The drama wagon that is Tim Tebow. The famed college quarterback that led the Florida Gators to 2 BCS National Titles is now entering his 4 year in the league. This is also the first year he hasn’t had a job in the NFL. Is it too soon to say that his stint with the NFL should come to a abrupt halt? Or should a team take on the risk and try to reenact the short-lived glory days at Denver?

First, let’s look at the facts and what we do know. One, we know that Tebow averages a 75.3 rating. He’s only thrown 9 interceptions and has thrown 17 touchdowns. He also averages a 47.9% completion rate. Those are nice numbers, but he also has a terrible throwing motion and his accuracy has been a problem while in the league. These are things we do know.

Things we do not…

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Will The Flower Ever Blossom

Enough of the games already! Are you going to play or not? Stop saying you don’t know. Stop leaving it up in the air. Stop holding your fans hostage! Just make up your damn mind! If you’re going to play do it. If you’re not going to play just come out and say it. We’re all tired of waiting!

You were medically cleared to play two and a half months ago; what’s the hold up? You claimed you weren’t confident in dunking and cutting, but now you’re doing that all the time in practice. You your hamstrings were burning which is why you didn’t play, but you’re still practicing hard and not taking it easy. You later said you felt discomfort in your knee area. My question is why did you still practice on it?

Right before the Playoffs started we asked you if you were going to return. You answered by saying, “I don’t know it’s in God’s hands.” And then just the other day we asked again and you claimed you have had problems with muscle memory. How in the HELL do you have that problem? You’ve been playing ball since you were a child; you’ve been practicing for over two months, warmup before the game and you still have the audacity to say you lack muscle memory! Give us a break! If you don’t want to play SAY IT!

Dwight Howard came back early from injury; Metta World Peace came back from injury early; Iman Shumpert, who suffered the same injury is already back; Blake Griffin played through an injury; Chris Paul played through an injury; Steve Nash attempted to play through an injury; Stephen Curry has an injury; D-Wade has an injury; David Lee who was suppose to be out for the rest of the postseason came back early! And that’s not even half of the people that are playing through or came back from injury.

Rajon Rondo is itching to play. You don’t think he’s a franchise guy? Steph Curry is playing on bum ankles, with one being aggravated again. Is he not a franchise player? The list goes on. Great players return from injury early, especially when their team is need! How are you going to call yourself a franchise player when your franchise needs you now?

Noah is playing through Plantar Faciitis; Nate Robinson is extremely sick; Hinrich is battling an injury that’s keeping him in and out the lineup; Deng is hospitalized; Taj is injured; Hamilton is injured; Boozer is banged up. How can you just sit and watch them fight and play thru the injuries and sicknesses, and say you’re not ready to take the floor? You’re easily their healthiest player! Even if you’re not “100%” you could still come in and provide 5-10 minutes max. Elite players, franchise guys, and superstars will do whatever it takes to help their team win. We see Kobe do it all the time; we watched Dirk do it; we watched Mike do it. Now its time to you see you, Derrick Rose, do what other franchise guys do. And that’s coming through when it matters most.

Forget the past and don’t worry about the future! Your team needs you now!
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Ryan Fort

What Should The Mavs Do Part 2

After doing my first post about the Mavs offseason, ( http://wp.me/p33YLP-5q) I have had some time to think and do my research.So here are the people I think the mavs should Sign or try to sign.

1. Chris Paul.
After losing in the First Round of the Playoffs Paul said he wasn’t sure if he was coming back or not. And i know Mark Cuban would LOVE and I mean LOVE to have Paul and Dirk together. Paul would be the superstar guard that the Mavs need and would lead the Mavs back to the Playoffs, maybe even the Finals. But just remember I said maybe.

2.Andre Iguodala.
Iggy may not be an allstar, but he is a good player and I think he would be a great pick up for the Mavs. He brings athleticism,defense, and he’s a great player on the wing. Iggy has a player option this offseason so who knows if he will stay in Denver or not. But a guy can dream right?

3. Drum roll please……….. Dwight Howard.
For the past two years Mark Cuban has let go of good players and broke up his championship team just to get this guy. Every one knows that Dwight had a bad year with LA and he didn’t seem that happy either; Dwight wants to win and Dallas gives him that opportunity. Howard brings rebounding, DEFENSE, and a nice low post game. Dwight and Dirk?!?!?! Now that’s a great big man duo.

4. Monta Ellis.
Yes I said it Monta Ellis. The guy is a great scorer but is too undersized to play shooting guard; so that’s why you move him to point guard. In today’s league having a quick point guard that can score is a deadly combination , and Monta is exactly that. If the Mavs fail with Chris Paul I think this would be a great backup plan.

5. Al Jefferson.
6″10 290 pounds they don’t call him Big AL for nothing. The jazz have been shopping Jefferson for the past year or so, but now that his contract is up he’s free to go, and Dallas is a good place to go. Jefferson and Dirk have identical games, but with Jefferson being big he can get it done on the low post. Bringing in Jefferson would make the Mavs look like the Grizzlies in a way.

6. Brandon Jennings
Jennings is a straight up baller. He has only been in the league for four years now and I have noticed that he has been getting better by the year. Now if you’re Dallas you have to be thinking that this is the guard of the future and if Chris Paul decides to go back to the Clippers Jennings will be the best point guard on the market. Signing Jennings gives Rick Carlisle a chance to develop a young and up coming superstar guard.

7.Eric Bledsoe.
When Chris Paul was out who stepped up for the Clippers? You guessed it right Eric Bledsoe.l Bledsoe is 23 years old so that gives the mavs a guard for the future. I don’t think Bledsoe is a max contract player, but he is a player to watch out for in the offseason.

8. Josh Smith.
During the trade deadline the Hawks were actively shopping Smith, but no deals were done because Smith wants a max contract. I don’t believe Smith will get a max contract, but I do believe that Smith and Dallas could be a good fit for each other. Smith can play the Small Forward position and the Power Position, if the Mavs bring in Smith it gives them an athletic big man that could spread the court.

9.OJ Mayo
Mayo already showed what he can do if he is the superstar of the team. So why not sign him back. Mayo is on the right track to becoming an allstar shooting guard.

Now I know you’re saying what about Tyreke Evans, Devin Harris, David West and etc, but I think these 9 players I named give the Mavs the best chance of winning. I know that the Mavs can’t sign every one on this list, but I think if the Mavs can get at least 2 of these players on this list they can be a great team.

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Memphis Grizzlies vs Oklahoma City Thunder

As we all know, these two teams with title aspirations are going at it head on today in the Western Conference Semi Finals. Of course the first typical question always arises, who will win this series ??? I will not make a pick on who will win, but I will inform you on each teams advantages over one another and let you make your own educated basketball decision on who will prevail and move on to the next round.

First we begin with the Memphis Grizzlies

1 Physicality- Memphis is a very physical team and they will bully/push a team around if they allow it to happen. Memphis usually dominates the boards and hurts teams in the paint area. They have possibly the best Big man duo at the 4 and 5 position in Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Both these players have range, post moves, and can rebound. Zach will kill you in the paint area, he lacks athleticism but he makes up for it with his offensive awareness around the hoop he will find a way to impose his will and score in the paint and hits the offensive glass hard. Marc is more of a finesse player who can shoot like a guard and pass like the point guard, his defense is also good he anchors the Grizzlies interior and usually makes the right plays down the stretch.

2 A Floor General- Mike Conley is an excellent pg he has quickness, range, passing ability, and can hit the dagger. He is very underrated and  some times overlooked due to playing along side Marc and Zach as well. He doesn’t really get as much credit as he should for what he does on the court. Against the flashy Clippers, he averaged 17 and 8 and constantly put pressure on Chris Paul the best pg in the game to play defense on him wearing Cp3 out over the stretch. Mike scores well in transition. His quickness allows him to accelerate at high speeds to the rim and his finishing abilities allow him to make circus shots in traffic over other bigs in the paint area. He is also good at setting up the bigs for scoring opportunities and knows how to get the team in a scoring rhythm.

3 Defense- Memphis has a lot of speed and length on the perimeter and the DPOY in Marc Gasol monitoring the paint area waiting to make a play on the ball. Mike at the pg has speed and quickness and can stay in front of other top point guards in the league. Tony Allen is one of the top defensive players in the league.  He is usually assigned to guard the opposing teams best offensive player,  has speed and is very physical and can disrupt an offensive player and throw his rhythm off at any key time in the game. Tayshaun Prince at the 3 has height at 6’9 and long lanky arms he can contest shots from the perimeter with relative ease  and has sufficient speed to hold his assignment in check. Zach is slightly below average on defense due to his lack of speed, however he has Marc behind him to help back him up on defense.

Now Oklahoma City Thunder

1 Kevin Durant- This man right here at 6’10, can shoot from anywhere on the court. He makes scoring look so easy, he scores in bunches, he can have only 15 after 3 quarters then end up with 40 for the game. Kd has height,length,quickness,handles, and range he can shoot far behind the three point line like its nothing.  Shooting the basketball to him, is like shooting a layup. He is virtually unguardable by even the top tier defenders in this league. Guard him tight, he will hit you with a nasty crossover and blow by you and then dunk on the whole defense with his long frame. Sag off him, he will shoot on you from the perimeter and pile up points on you in a heart beat. He is also automatic from the the free throw line, so fouling him won’t help. He has also improved on his passing and hitting the open man behind the arc for the 3 pointer. Kevin Durant is deadly at the end of games, he is the last person you want with the ball with 2 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter of a tight game. He will take that shot and he will make that shot.

2 Serge Ibaka- At 6 ’10 Serge is so athletic, he is a game changer at the defensive side of the court. He can make shots attempted in the paint miss just by his pure presence alone. I’m sure when guards attack the rim, he strikes some type of fear in their eyes and they know he is going for the high light reel block. He has also extended his range and is a reliable jump shooter from the outside. His post moves have slightly improved as well. Since the Thunder don’t have Russell Westbrook he will have to step up and be more aggressive on the offensive end of the court.

3 Experience- This team has been through painful losses in previous post season stints and has been to the finals. They know how to play under pressure and know what to expect when the going gets tough. These players have Derek Fisher a proven veteran/warrior has won multiple championships with the Lakers and knows what it is like to be in this position. He is a clutch player as well as Durant and can drain big shots with the game on the line.Image

Is It Just That Easy?

Once again Floyd “Money” Mayweather wins another easy, lucrative fight. Can anyone in his weight class beat him? Every time he fights the haters come out and say “He’s losing this one” or they’ll bring up Manny Pacquio and how he would lose to him.

What people fail to realize is the fact that Floyd is head and shoulders above the rest. He manipulates boxers of every kind. He’ll out wit the quick boxers; he’ll dance around with the power punchers; he’ll make things ugly against boxers who are slower and weaker. Floyd Mayweather is untouchable. Face it! No one in the Welterweight Division can compete with him. So stop whining and complaining every time he wins. He’s the best hands down; bar none. It’s just that plain and simple.
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Ryan Fort

The Chicago Pests?

LET THE PESTERING BEGIN!!!! The Miami Heat will inevitably play the thorn in their side for the past couple of years ..the gritty,ruff rugged,and very annoying Chicago Bulls. I don’t care who you are if you are a Heat fan you were the biggest Brooklyn fan tonight, but alas the Bulls won. They won even though they had multiple injuries including players with the flu.

It should be a very interesting and grind-it-out series, but that’s the last thing Heat fans wanted to experience at this point in time. Yes it would look better on the Heat’s résumé if they were to pull out yet another championship which nobody would be shocked. Though Lebron James and Dwyane Wade say they don’t care who they were going to play but I’m sure in their subconscious mind they were rooting for the Nets.

The Bulls present the Heat problems in a multitude of areas. One of them are the Heat’s undeniable weakness REBOUNDING! The Heat were ranked dead last in rebounding this year and the four times they played the Bulls they pounded the Heat on the boards mercilessly and Miami had no answer. The main culprit of this rebounding massacre was none other than Carlos Boozer.

Everybody knows that when a team plays the defending champs they elevate their game to another level. This means they are going to hit shots they wouldn’t have even dreamed of against other teams and they are going to have that chip on their shoulder. No team has shown that more than Chicago this year.

Remember this is the same team that ruthlessly ended the Heat’s incredible 27 game winning streak. They were also the only team during that streak to really overpower the Heat and really get physical with them, so much to the point where Lebron lost his composure and handed out his own punishment. The Bulls showed that night that they are not afraid of the Heat.

It should be a real tooth and nail series and could go to as much as 6 games, considering D-Wade will not be as healthy as he would like to be but if the Heat stop Boozer from getting 20 and 20 every game and hit threes on a consistent basis they could end it really early, but just know the Bulls are nothing to play with.

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