Following Game 1 the media proposed that LeBron James, or as I like to him in my Wake Forest group message LeGawd, transform into a selfish player. Is this even remotely sensible? The Miami Heat missed 10 open fucking 3s in the first half and combined with Chris Bosh playing horribly, Miami only lost by 7 points. So hell to the no should LeBron change up his steez. However some things did disturb as I watched recaps of the game especially this : Wades ability to sometimes fall asleep on the defensive end, Chris Bosh relying too much on 15 footers and Miami’s trouble guarding Nate Robinson in the pick-and-roll. Wade didn’t have a spectacular game on either end but there were times when he just fell asleep watching the ball allowing his man to go backdoor and get a layup or inexplicably helping one man away and allowing Marco Belinelli to hit a wide open 3. Wade and his funks are the least of Miami’s problem. This pick-and-roll offense that was executed beautifully late during the game has to be countered not with a hard hedge which forces a third defender, usually out of position, to help but rather as Coach Nick would put it forcing the ball handler to the baseline leaving the roll defender to sink back into the lane and contain any drive.
The Chicago Bulls have been so good of lately that we forgot how really good Derrick Rose is. So it shouldn’t have been that much of a shocker that they won Game 1 vs the Miami Heat on the road (The season series was split 2-2). We should definitely credit Chicago’s head coach Thibs, Jimmy Butler for being physical with James and Nate Robinson for playing well. I would not raise Miami’s panic levels just yet. Being off for so long showed as Miami started off slowly. Combine that with playing against a very good defensive team in Chicago and Bosh playing into Chicago’s plan to allow him to shoot as many jumpshots as he wants, inevitably spell a loss for Miami.
History may not repeat itself but it does rhyme. Remember Game 1 of last years Finals? More specifically, remember Game 1 of the 2011 Semi-Finals against Derrick Rose and Bulls? The Heat have faced adversity before to begin a series 0-1 and have come back to literally decimate the opponent. So could the Heat actually lose? Ill say Miami in 6.