Word on the street, is the Heat are everyones favorite to make to back to the Finals, this is primarly due to every team aside from the Los Angeles Clippers getting somewhat worse, but in last years playoffs there was a moment when I thought the Heat had figured it all out and were poised at that time to get LeBron his first ring. Then suddenly as if it had all been a mirage the Heat took a giant step back and folded under the surging Dallas Mavericks.
The Heat are 4-0 for the second time in franchise history, and first since 2004-05. The Heat have shown glimpses of both sides, the unstoppable force that flashed in last years playoffs, and a team that struggles when a 2-3 Zone is thrown in their face. The two biggest improvements for the Heat was the drafting of Norris Cole, and the signing of free agent Shane Battier. Norris Cole may not be the distance shooter that Mario Chalmers is, but he makes up for it speed, and confidence.
”Mentally you just have to be prepared for the worst,” Cole told reporters after his first practice with the team. “There’s going to be a lot of things thrown at me, but with me being in college for four years, I think I have a quick learning curve. I’m mature enough to be able to handle criticism. As long as we work hard and earn the respect of the veterans, I think everything will be fine. This team was already good without me being here. With me having a quick learning curve, [the] only thing I can do is make us better”
Shane Battier hasn’t done much on the floor this season, but will be LeBron’s Bundini Brown when it counts.
So far this season Wade and Lebron have attempted only one three-pointer and LeBron James notched his 38th career 30-point, 10-assist game on Friday. It’s the most among active players, one more than teammate Dwyane Wade.
Before I resign up for the Heat bandwagon I need to see CONSISTENCY, and more of this ridiculousness: