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Posted on: April 16, 2009 8:07 pm
 

#4 Atlanta Hawks vs. #5 Miami Heat Preview

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Season Series: Atlanta won the series 3-1

This will probably be the only first round matchup in the East that won't be dominated by the favorite. These two teams are very different, yet very similar.

The Hawks are led by a balanced attack, with stars including sharpshooting guard Joe Johnson and defensive star Josh Smith. Young big man Al Horford and veteran point guard Mike Bibby are also in the starting lineup.

The Heat are led by MVP candidate Dwyane Wade, who finished with the scoring title in a win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Wade's supporting cast includes rookies Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers. Big men Jermaine O'Neal and Udonis Haslem are also key parts to Miami's rebounding season.

For Atlanta to win: Wade must be limited. Whether it's Johnson, Bibby, Smith, or a bench player, someone on the Hawks must step up and stop D-Wade.

For Miami to win: The supporting cast must play well when Wade is not on the court. Guys like the above stated Beasley, Chalmers, Haslem, and O'Neal must help Wade. Other role players include three point champion Daequan Cook and big Jamaal Magloire.

My pick: It's biased... Miami Heat advance in 6 by winning games 2, 3, 5, and 6.

Posted on: November 2, 2008 5:55 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2008 5:31 pm
 

Miami Heat: Week 1 Recap

Miami Heat logoAfter one week of NBA play, the Miami Heat are sitting at a 1-2 record. Things are shaky so far this season. With a new, small lineup to say the least, the Miami Heat won't have it easy. The 6'9" Udonis Haslem is playing center, while rookie Michael Beasley is playing power forward. Shawn Marion and Dwyane Wade easily became the starting small forward and shooting guard for Miami. And in the preseason, head coach Erik Spoelstra made the decision to start rookie point guard Mario Chalmers. This lineup is young, but has a lot of room for growth.

New York Knicks logoThe season opener for Miami was in New York against the Knicks. The Heat played great in the fourth quarter, but could not catch up to the Knicks on the road. Udonis Haslem went for 23 and 10, while Mario Chalmers had an impressive rookie debut with 17 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds. Miami could not stop Jamal Crawford however, watching him go for 29 points. Just like that Miami was 0-1.

Sacramento Kings logoThe second game of the season was the home opener versus the Sacramento Kings. Kevin Martin was the focus of Spoelstra and company, and the plan worked. Martin went 2-8 from the field, only 9 total points all night. The Heat won in a rout, 103-77. This was a statement game for Miami, in which Shawn Marion had a good game, going for a double-double. 1-1.

Charlotte Bobcats logoThe following night, Miami faced the Charlotte Bobcats at Charlotte. Gerald Wallace was unstoppable, and the Bobcats rode him all the way to the victory. Wallace's 39 points and 9 boards was too much for Miami to handle. Michael Beasley did have an impressive game, going for 25 points. 1-2.

That was Week 1 of the Miami Heat's season. 1-0 at home... 0-2 on the road. If Miami can play on the road the way they did at home against the Kings, it's too early to call any predictions.

Week 1 MVP- Udonis Haslem

Posted on: October 6, 2008 7:32 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2008 11:31 am
 

Champinoship Crew

Champinoship Crew

               

Jason Kidd, PG 

There is no doubt that Jason Kidd is aging. However, at full health Kidd is one of the best point guards in the league. He is a great passer and a great defender. He is also a physical rebounder who can crash the boards when needed. On Champinoship Crew, Kidd will focus on getting the ball in the hands of the shooters, as well as lock down the point guard of the opposing team.

 

Andre Iguodala, SG

Andre Iguodala has a great variety of skill, which is why Champinoship Crew picked him up in the third round. He can be a defender and shut down the other's team scorers, he can be the scorer on offense himself, or he can even be a passer. He has the skill to play three positions and really does a great job of focusing and being a team player. On Champinoship Crew, Iguodala will be used for his perimeter defense, ability to lead a team, and to score the ball. 

Danny Granger, SF

Danny Granger is one of the up and coming forwards in the NBA. He is a deadly shooter, and physical on both sides of the ball. He can shoot threes, mid-range jumpers, he can crash boards, he can play defense on power forwards and even some centers because of his versatility. His long wingspan will help when it comes to shot-blocking. On Champinoship Crew, Granger will look to be the main scorer alongside Andre Iguodala, as well as crash the boards and play defense on big forwards.

LaMarcus Aldridge, PF

LaMarcus Aldridge is another young player who is making a name for himself in the NBA. A dominant inside scorer and a strong rebounder, Aldridge is a great young power forward to have on your franchise. On Champinoship Crew, Aldridge will be used to rebound, block shots, and tire out some of the opposing big men with his ability to drive in and score.

Dwight Howard, C

Dwight Howard may be the best center in the NBA today, and there are lots of reasons as to why. He is a monstrous rebounder, as well a fierce shot-blocker. He can also put up twenty points per game and hurt your big men inside. His dominating efforts will be huge for Champinoship Crew. On Champinoship Crew, Howard will be used for his rebounding and defense.

Rajon Rondo, PG

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Anthony Parker, SG

Al Thornton, SF

 

Udonis Haslem, PF

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Nick Collison, C

Posted on: June 27, 2008 1:21 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2008 2:11 pm
 

Miami Heat: Grades, Thoughts after the Draft

After looking at the two players Miami got through yesterday's draft, I am actually quite thrilled.

Michael Beasley, PF, KSU:

I've decided to give Beasley a chance, although he was not the guy I wanted to see on the Heat originally. However, I think a young rebounder/scorer can really help us. With improvement on his defense, I think he can make some noise, especially being mentored by Shawn Marion, a similar player that can help Beasley tremendously with his defense. I love Beasley's rebounding skills, I cannot deny that. I also love his ability to score. If he improves his work ethic and defense, I think he can prove some doubters such as myself, wrong.

Grade: A

Mario Chalmers, PG, KU:

This trade was a very good one. We needed a defensive point guard, and we got one. I think there is a very good chance that Chalmers begins the season as a starter. There are lots of things Chalmers needs to work on, but some things I like about him are his clutch play, his lockdown defense, his ability to steal the ball, and just pressure the opponents. He is small no doubt, but that won't make me regret this trade to land Chalmers. Also, it doesn't hurt that Chalmers was my favorite Kansas Jayhawk!!!

Grade: A+

After the Philadelphia Eagles blew their draft, this draft was definitely a breath of fresh air. Next year's team will be very dangerous if both Beasley and Chalmers play up to their potential. There is a very high chance now that Haslem goes, but to where, I do not know... unless we choose to keep him and play him at center, which could possibly work, although Haslem is a true PF.

Miami Heat Depth Chart

Point Guards

Mario Chalmers
Chris Quinn
Marcus Banks

Harst's Thoughts: Solid group of young guys that all have tremendous upside. Quinn was impressive late last season, Banks has a lot of potential, and of course Chalmers is great defensively, and very clutch as well. Underrated group here that will make some noise.
Grade: A

Shooting Guards

Dwyane Wade
Daequan Cook

Harst's Thoughts: Dwyane Wade is of course the leader of the team, but injury-prone. Cook has shown he is a capable backup. I think Cook can be a great role player in this league.
Grade: B+

Small Forwards

Shawn Marion
Ricky Davis
Dorell Wright

Harst's Thoughts: Shawn Marion is the only player in this group that can do anything, but if needed, Davis is not half bad, although he needs to do more than just score. I'm not Wright's biggest fan, let's leave it at that. 
Grade: B

Power Forwards

Udonis Haslem
Michael Beasley
Mark Blount

Harst's Thoughts: I love this group, although it will probably look different soon. Haslem is very good on both sides of the ball, Beasley is a monster on the boards and on offense, and Blount is not as bad as people make him seem. He can actually shoot the ball when called upon.
Grade: A+

Centers

Earl Barron
Alonzo Mourning

Harst's Thoughts: Zo is not the Zo of his prime, and Earl Barron isn't good for much more than 5 points and 5 boards...
Grade: F

Recap:

I truly think the Heat could make some noise with the pieces we have set in place right now. Other than center, I think we have strong depth at every position. An upgrade at center could really mean possible playoff contenders for the Heat next season.

Let's go HEAT!
Posted on: June 26, 2008 12:57 pm
 

Miami Heat Draft Thoughts

If Derrick Rose goes first, I say we go for O.J. Mayo with the 2nd overall pick. Call me crazy or whatever, but I don't want to let go of either Shawn Marion or even Udonis Haslem at this point. Haslem does not recieve any credit at all, but he is actually a stud player when healthy. I don't think breaking up the Dwyane Wade/Marion duo would be good either. If we take Mayo, and put him at the point, that's still not bad.

Of course, I would take Rose over Mayo in a heartbeat, but if Rose goes first, I don't want to take Michael Beasley, and then end up trading Haslem/Marion. At this point, I won't complain with either Mayo or Beasley, but if we take Beasley, I don't see us improving as much as if we had taken Mayo.

PG- O.J. Mayo
SG- Dwyane Wade
SF- Shawn Marion
PF- Udonis Haslem
C- Earl Barron

I wouldn't complain about this lineup. I definitely like the young backcourt of Mayo and D-Wade, and I also really like the frontcourt of Marion/Haslem. Of course, Barron isn't the greatest center in the world, but you won't hear me complaining. If we keep Haslem, Barron can get the job done. If we let go of Haslem, then we will need an upgrade at center to show Beasley the ropes.

Anyway, here are the guys I think the Heat should take in order of preference:

1. Derrick Rose, MEMPHIS
2. O.J. Mayo, USC
3. Michael Beasley, KSU

After the draft, I will break down the team more and make some early predictions as to how this team will fare in the upcoming season.

Posted on: May 12, 2008 5:49 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2008 8:43 pm
 

Harst's NBA Mock Draft

1. Miami Heat- Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis

The Heat need a PG even though Chris Quinn has shown flashes of being able to lead them. Derrick Rose can do it all, and the Heat will benefit tremendously by taking a productive point guard. A lineup consisting of Rose, Wade, Marion, Haslem and Blount could be dangerous next season.

2. Seattle SuperSonics- Michael Beasley, SF, Kansas State

A fierce double-double machine that will give you 20 and 10 on an off night. His presence on the Sonics alongside Kevin Durant will make the Sonics a surprise darkhorse team to watch out for next season.

3. Memphis Grizzlies- Brook Lopez, F/C, Stanford

With the loss of Pau Gasol, the Grizzlies need a big man to take over the role. Lopez has great offensive potential, and with a slight upgrade to his defense, will be a force to be reckoned with very soon. This is a young team that could be really good in the East.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves- Eric Gordon, SG, Indiana

Gordon will give the Wolves a high scoring threat who they will welcome happily. They skip on Bayless here only because Randy Foye is getting the job done, and Bayless would just be seeing the bench.

5. New York Knicks- Jerryd Bayless, PG, Arizona

Point guard is the main position the Knicks need to be worried about in the draft. With Rose gone by now, Bayless is the obvious best point guard still on the board. Also, a backcourt combination of Bayless and Jamal Crawford could be deadly.

6. Los Angeles Clippers- O.J. Mayo, SG, USC

Mayo has tremendous upside...but also tremendous downside and could fall lower, although this is not a bad spot for him to go. The shooting guards that the Clippers have now aren't getting the job done, and Mayo could be the answer. (Minus the issues he has going on right now.)

7. Milwaukee Bucks- Anthony Randolph, SF, LSU

I don't think this is too early for Randolph to go. The Bucks could use Randolph in the future if not now. I think he will be able to start, but if not, he should have a decent season off the bench. I don't see Bobby Simmons or Desmond Mason doing enough right now for the Bucks.

8. Charlotte Bobcats- Kevin Love, F/C, UCLA

A big man next to Emeka Okafor will give the Bobcats a young, strong frountcourt that will keep the Bobcats in possible playoff contention a couple of years down the road. Many critics say that Love can't adapt to the NBA-style of play, but I think he can do well. Not great, but enough to silence the critics.

9. Chicago Bulls- DeAndre Jordan, C, Texas A&M

The center position should be the Bulls main concern in this draft. Jordan gives them a great big inside presence that they could desperately use. The scary thing is, he's only a freshman.

10. New Jersey Nets- Roy Hibbert, C, Georgetown

Hibbert's offensive abilities aren't superb, maybe, but his defensive presence inside will give the Nets a great big body that can help shut down some of the big men in the East. There is a lot of risk that goes with this pick, but I think it's the right one because I believe Hibbert is a major sleeper pick who can help out a lot of teams with his 7'2 frame.

Rest to come at a later date...

Posted on: April 28, 2008 6:06 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2008 9:43 pm
 

Miami Heat: Looking to next season

This year has been bad... real bad. However, this terrible season may be a mixed blessing for the Miami Heat, and here's why: During the course of the season, we learned what our big weaknesses were, and this following year we will be able to improve on those points and possibly once again become playoff contenders.

One of the few good things that came out of this season was our increased chance of landing the number one overall pick, which could be used in many different ways. Let's say we do land the number one pick, we have a lot of options:

  • Derrick Rose
  • Michael Beasley
  • Kevin Love
  • Jerryd Bayless
  • Eric Gordon
  • O.J. Mayo
  • Brook Lopez

And more...

In my opinion, I say the best pick would be Derrick Rose. He's got nice skills, he can score, he can defend, he's quick, basically, he's a well-balanced guy who will really help us to score and do some things we can't do right now. If we take Rose, we have a lineup of:

PG Derrick Rose/Chris Quinn
SG Dwyane Wade
SF Shawn Marion
PF Udonis Haslem
C Earl Barron/Alonzo Mourning

Which is not that bad. Other than center, we have some nice skills at each position. On paper, this team doesn't look so bad. How they play on the court as a team is a whole different story.

Or, if we upgrade at center and take Kevin Love (which wouldn't be too bad):

PG Chris Quinn
SG Dwyane Wade
SF Shawn Marion
PF Udonis Haslem
C Kevin Love

This lineup is also good. Chris Quinn has shown flashes of talent... whether he can lead this team for 82 games is questionable, though. Kevin Love is talented enough to play in the NBA as well...

With either of these lineups, I think we have a good chance of skipping the rebuilding process and once again become playoff contenders.

So all in all, with combined success in the draft and in free agency, I think we have a chance to once again dominate our opponents and bring another title to Miami... (okay, maybe not)

 
 
 
 
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