Monday, June 06, 2005

 

The Absence of Heat

In case you're wondering about the title of this post, the reason will become clear tonight, when the Detroit Pistons make sure the NBA playoffs experience this rare phenomenon. Sure, it's been a great run for the Heat, but it's over. Here are three reasons why.

1. Experience. Detroit is battle-tested; Miami is not. Last year, the Pistons proved their mettle time and time again on their way to the title. The Heat, on the other hand, is here for the first time; except for Shaq, that is. Detroit's experience will prove advantageous in what is both teams' biggest game of the season so far.

2. Dwyane Wade. Ironically enough, Wade was the reason why many "experts" were flip-flopping on their picks midway through this series, forecasting a Miami triumph. His injury in Game 5 changed all that, however. Now, he will be forced to play despite his obvious inability to, just because it is "Game 7". The Heat would be better off with him sitting out; on the floor, he will hinder his teammates more than he will help them.

3. Shaquille O'Neal. I might sound crazy on this one, considering Shaq is one of the most dominant players of all time and had his best performance of the series in Game 6's blowout loss. He is still injured, though, and has not played well thus far in the postseason on only one day of rest. After the long series, he is incredibly banged up; look for him to be no more than a glorified Alonzo Mourning in tonight's game.

There you have it: three reasons why Detroit will be playing San Antonio for the NBA championship come Thursday.
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