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The annual NBA passion play is about to start. I’m talking, of course, about the NBA Finals. This years version has the Miami Heat reprising their role as villain and the OKC Thunder will step in as the basketball savior.

The story goes something like this: the Heat are the basketball equivalent of the Death Star, wreaking havoc throughout the NBA Universe. If they are allowed to win an NBA title all hell will break loose and their reign of terror will last forever. Everything that is good and holy is at stake.

The Miami Heat has assembled a team of mercenaries with a singular focus: bring a title home to the Evil Empire…I mean South Beach. They have stockpiled a team of supreme talent fragile egos that has been the scourge of the NBA. The OKC Thunder, on the other hand, has quietly built a championship-caliber the old fashioned way, through the draft and nurturing young talent.

Its a classic tale of good and evil, right and wrong.

Kevin Durant has to step in as hero and destroy the Heat. Sure, he is young and this is his first Finals and its not fair to put the fate of the entire basketball universe on his shoulders but that’s what makes for great drama. Luckily, he has help. Russell Westbrook and James Harden (along with the bench) will put their stamp on this series but it will be Durant who will lead the Thunder to the championship.

Make no mistake, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Dark Side will not go down easily. They will fight till the end. Unless LeBron has another 4th quarter disappearing act like last year this series could easily go seven games. And that would be some great drama.

I just hope that one game we can see the Thunder in their white uniforms and the Heat in their all black ones. That would let even the most casual fan know who is who.

I am looking forward to watching this drama unfold before me and I’m pulling for the good guys to win. That’s why I’m picking the Rebel Alliance…err…the OKC Thunder to win in 6 games.

May the Force be with us.

The Miami Heat are in big trouble. Not only are they on the verge of being eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Boston Celtics but they are on the verge of being dismantled.

After losing Game 5 at home last night, the Heat have been subject to even more scrutiny than usual. And no one is safe.

Most of the criticism has been aimed at head coach Erik Spoelstra. There is no doubt that he has made mistakes and has been out coached. Not playing Chris Bosh down the stretch in the fourth quarter might have sealed his fate. Even if Bosh wasn’t 100% you still have to put him out there to give yourself a chance to win. Like most of his team, he seems to fold under pressure. I can’t tell if he is infecting the team or they are infecting him. No matter what happens, Coach Spo will probably not be back next season. But you can’t blame everything on him.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade deserve some blame, too. Both of them will disappear for stretches at a time. LeBron has always had a weak psyche. When the team is winning he is the first one out there posing and preening for the cameras but when they are losing he sulks and seemingly gives up. He’s like the bully who finally gets punched in the mouth and runs off crying. The whole team is like that.

Charles Barkley was right when he called them a “whiny bunch.” They are. The fact that LeBron and Wade didn’t show up for the post-game press conference last night proves it. They were sulking in the locker room instead of facing the press. If Kobe Bryant had done that he would have been savaged in the press. When the Heat win they can’t wait to tell everyone about it. When the lose they pout like petulant little children.

And that is what the Heat are missing. They lack the maturity to deal with the ups and downs of professional sports and the mental toughness to needed to compete for a championship. The head coach can’t instill it in the team. LeBron James never had it. And Dwyane Wade is losing it with each passing game.

If the Heat lose Game 6 in Boston (and they probably will) you can expect to see some major changes in the Heat organization. You will also see the end to the failed experiment of stacking a team full of superstars in an attempt to win a championship.

The Heat Era is about to end and the Team Era will return to the NBA. And that’s what we’ve all been missing.

I know the NBA Conference Finals have barely started but I want to skip ahead and talk about the NBA Finals.

It seems pretty obvious to me that the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are going to win their series. I don’t want to disparage the Boston Celtics or the Oklahoma City Thunder by already writing them off but I can’t see it turning out any other way. (Okay, maybe I wanted to disparage the Celtics a little bit.)

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are playing at such a high level its almost scary. They aren’t getting too much out of the rest of the team but so far they haven’t needed it. They will need it when they meet up with the Spurs in the Finals, though.

And that’s where the problems will start. The Spurs are just too good and too deep to be beaten. The Heat will not be able to keep Tim Duncan out of the paint and no one has had an answer for Manu Ginobili. It also doesn’t hurt that they have one of the best point guards in the league with Tony Parker.

LeBron and DWade will have to score 80 combined points each game if the Heat are to have a chance to beat the Spurs. And I just don’t see that happening. That’s why I’m picking the Spurs to win in 6 games.

I know it seems odd that I’m willing to ignore the Conference Finals happening right now but the Heat and Spurs seem so far ahead of the competition they are bound to meet in the Finals. I hate to spoil the playoff for you but this is what’s going to happen.

The Miami Heat have fallen behind the Indiana Pacers 2-1 in their playoff series. But with the reaction of fans and media you would think the Heat were on the brink of getting swept.

Dwyane Wade didn’t help the cause when he had one of the worst games of his career and then topped it off with a shouting match with head coach Erik Spoelstra right on the court.

I know the knee jerk reaction is the blame LeBron James for everything but this time I think the blame lies with Wade.

Sure, King James hasn’t really come through in the 4th quarter like everyone wants him to but that’s really not shocking. That’s expected.

What wasn’t expected was Wade to fall apart just when his team needed him most. With Chris Bosh out and the Heat bench not producing at all, its falling on James and Wade to carry the Heat.

But it seems like Wade is melting under the pressure. He’s taking cheap shots at other players, complaining about the Pacers celebrating after their Game 2 win in Miami and now he has a problem with his coach.

I would never have thought that Wade would become a villain. After all, this isn’t the WWE. Sure, you would totally expect Hulk Hogan to join the NWO and turn into “Hollywood” Hogan but nobody saw this coming.

There is already a chorus of fans and media calling for Wade to be traded. If the Heat get bounced out of the playoffs by the Pacers you can be assured that one of the Big 3 will be gone. One thing everyone needs to remember is that Dwyane Wade is the only one who has a championship ring. That ought to count for something.

ESPN came out with their rankings of all the NBA players yesterday and promptly set the Twitterverse on fire. It seemed like everybody hated their list. Including me.

It comes as no surprise that they listed LeBron James as #1. ESPN will do anything to heap praise on LBJ even if it means destroying what little credibility they have left. LeBron Apologists were happy but real fans knew that the list was flawed. With Kobe Bryant at #7 and Carmelo Anthony not even in the Top Ten, you know something is amiss.

So if ESPN can just randomly throw names in numerical order I figured I could do the same thing. Only my list makes a lot more sense.

So here is The REAL Top 5 NBA Players.

1. Dwyane Wade. He has a boatload of skills and more heart than LBJ could ever hope to have. He is the undisputed leader of the Miami Heat.

2. Kobe Bryant. Still one of the most clutch players in the league. Has the heart of a Champion and the will to win. Has slowed down a bit but still one of the best ever.

3. Kevin Durant. Possibly the best All-Around game in the league right now. Could be the next Magic Johnson. And he’s only going to get better.

4. Dirk Nowitzki. Greatest shooting big man in the NBA. Ever. Has finally shaken off the “soft” label. A threat from anywhere on the court.

5. LeBron James. I’m not a hater. The guy is a freak of nature but still has the 4th quarter collapse stink on him from last year’s NBA Finals. He can move up the list but has to prove himself.

So there is my list. Let the debate begin.

Even I have to admit this is a pretty sick dunk!!! Would like to see a little more effort on the cabbage patch, though.

Losing four games in a row is never fun. Losing them in spectacular fashion can be down right maddening.

This is what has happened to the Miami Heat recently. 

After Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls some of the Heat players were actually crying in the locker room after the game. And of course every two-bit sports caster came up with the oh so clever, “There’s no crying in basketball,” line like they just bested Shakespeare.

A lot of people are enjoying the Heat’s misfortune right now. Most of it is just piling on. It is the flip side of all the fawning the media gave to them this summer. So many people were predicting this team would win 70-plus games. Many were predicting they would easily eclipse the all time win record held by the 95-96 Chicago Bulls. Most of those “experts” probably feel really stupid right now so they are doing a 180 and trashing the Heat. Luckily some of us didn’t drink the Kool Aid and tried to keep a (somewhat) level head about this.

It’s almost sad to watch as LeBron James continually fails to make the game winning shot at the end of close game. It gets even more uncomfortable watching him continue to try game after game and come up short.  It’s like watching Kevin Costner in “Tin Cup” desperately trying to clear that water hazard, only to send ball after ball into the drink. This is bordering on epic failure.

After the game, LeBron said he apologized to his team for letting them down at the end of games.

If he wants to stop letting his team down he should do what he has always done in crunch time; pass the ball to someone else. I have said it time and time again, he just does not have that killer instinct to finish off games. He has always been great when his team is blowing out an opponent. But when the game is close he continually comes up short.

When Dwyane Wade said that the world was happy because the Heat were losing I think he turned off that last few supporters they had outside of South Beach. No one wants to hear any of them whine or pretend they area martyr.

They brought this upon themselves. From the LeBron’s ill-conceived “Decision” to the ridiculous way they we introduced to Miami to the stupid “Heatles” moniker they tried to name themselves, they have put a target on their backs. So they shouldn’t be surprised when people take great delight in their failure.

The Miami Heat have gone out of their way to make sure they are noticed. To make sure the spotlight is on them. And they got it. But you can’t just have all the attention on you when things are going your way. You have to be ready to deal with the backlash when times are tough. And make no mistake, times are tought for the Heat right now. And to end on another oh so clever line, “It’s time to see if LeBron and company can handle the heat.”