Are the Miami Heat this Good or Extremely Lucky?
Are the Miami Heat this good?
Are they fortunate to be in the weaker Eastern Conference?
Shouldn't they be the best team because of their talent pool in the weaker Eastern Conference?
Why do the sports radio stations and talk shows paint the Heat the better team, when San Antonio has the better record against a ridiculously tougher conference?
The answers are yes, yes, yes and yes! Yet it gets deeper then that.
Yes the Heat are this good. Who can argue with their record? With the re-emergence of Dwyane Wade that is largely going undocumented in mainstream media the Heat at times look invincible! Are they as good as they are being sold to casual basketball fan via ESPN?
Not even close!
The team who should be heaping in all the praise is San Antonio!
San Antonio plays far better competition , for example Miami and Indiana are the only teams with more than 40 wins in the EC.
Mean while in the wild west of a Western Conference there are a whopping 5 teams with 40 or more wins.
The other three teams that round out the top eight in the WC are good enough for a playoff bid in the Eastern Conference.
Just look at the eight seeds in the playoff brackets, playing the Milwaukee Bucks for the Heat will be just a formality. One could basically pen the Heat in the second round, and pencil them in all the way to the finals.
Western Conference not so much the eight seed is the Los Angeles Lakers led by 5 time NBA champion android Kobe I'm just as good in my twilight then you are in your prime Bryant! This is what San Antonio has to deal with year in and year out with no recognition from the major sports outlets.
I view the Heat San Antonio comparison like I view the Lebron James Tony Parker comparison. Both players are leading their squads to wins playing very efficient ball due to their dominance in the painted area most. Lets be clear neither one of them would be considered a serious threat from outside of the paint. The difference is Lebron James is built to dominate statistically, at 6'8 260 pounds and almost a 40 inch vertical he is tall enough to finish over the top of smaller players and athletic enough to jump over them. One could make the argument that Lebron could and should be doing more with his gifts. Even Larry Bird averaged 10 rebounds with virtually serious athleticism at all. ( Can you imagine if Bird had LBJ's body? Sheesh!!.
Tony Parker on the other hand is dominating the paint area with sheer skill. He isn't supposed to be dominating amongst trees.
It's harder on his body, the punishment when foul more severe sadly the rewards are less when they should be spilling over in abundance.
This is how I see Miami, a team who is very good, that gets the praise of a team who is doing more then they actually are, a team who should actually be better considering they have three of the top players at their positions surrounded by marksman shooters from the outside.
In short the Heat are this good, and extremely lucky that the media loves them. It could always be worse like playing in San Antonio.