Friday, January 27, 2006

Writing off the Heat?

On TNT tonight, Charles Barkley said that the Heats "aren't very good," and that this season is "a wash" unless they make a big trade. So this begs the question: can we write them off already? Sure they look terrible now, but they still have the kind of roster that could make some noise in the playoffs. Shaq is having a rough time, but he will have more of a chance to control the game in the playoffs. Jason Williams makes them a lot better, but hasn't been healthy. With Zo coming off the bench, Posey adding D on the wing, and Wade playing well every night, the Heat are certainly decent. Obviously they don't match up well with Detroit, but they wouldn't match up well even if they had the Western Conference All-Star team. I, for one, am not writing the Heat off. Who is going to beat them in the early rounds of the Eastern Conference playoffs? Other than the Cavs, nobody in the East outside of Detroit can beat Miami. Anyway, stay tuned.


micah said...

I don't know if I agree about the Heat (they look awful), but I'm sick of Barkley ripping everyone. No one plays good enough defense, no one is a good enough player to help a team in a trade, every team is terrible. Does he expect every team to be the Pistons and every player to be Tim Duncan? Bring a little realism to the table, Chuch, and quit being so negative. He acted like the Celtics and Timberwolves swapped Brian Scalabrine for Mark Madsen. Sure, maybe Davis and Wally have flaws, but it was a pretty major trade and worthy of discussion. He acted like someone stepped in dog crap and made him smell it. Enough!

Adam Hoff said...

Good point.

As for the Davis-Wally trade, I think I like it for both teams. Tonight was a fun night in the NBA as Artest, Davis, and Wally all made their debuts with their new teams. Wally and Ricky both get W's, so I guess it is "so far, so good."

Anonymous said...

The Heat suck. They will stumble their way to the two seed in the East and then get upset by someone like the Bucks. If they do survive round one, the Nets will smack them around.

Adam Hoff said...

I have to disagree with your assessment. Every year at least one veteran team scuffles along during the regular season and then pieces things together for a nice playoff run. I think that team will be Miami.

By the way, don't look now, but the Heat have won 4 of 5 and are destroying the Clippers early tonight. Not only that, but Shaq has gone for 22 and 11 over his last five games and is finally rounding into some sort of shape. Once Jason Williams can get back on the floor, they should be on their way.

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