Since I’ve started watching the NBA again this year, after a long hiatus, I have been glued to my television. I stopped watching a long time ago because of phantom foul calls, no calls for traveling and the beginning of the flopping era. Even though those things still burn my ass, I have been into the NBA this season more than ever.
The playoffs have been exciting and even though the Miami Heat were hyped as an unstoppable force, they haven’t swept the Pacers or the Spurs. Both teams have given the Heat problems in the postseason and that makes for exciting basketball. Like Forrest Gump’s mama always said, “you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Last night the Heat entered game four down 2-1 in the series. They came out and played like their backs were against the wall. Two of the fabulous disappearing big three even showed up. Even though I still think Chris Bosh is useless, he came out of game four with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
The big three combined for 85 points, 30 rebounds and 5 assists. The entire Heat team played more aggressive than I’ve seen them play all year. They pressured the Spurs, forced turnovers, crashed the boards and didn’t let up the entire game.
The most surprising thing in game four was the play of Dwayne Wade. He’s been hit with the injury bug and hasn’t been himself lately but he came out in game four and looked like the Dwayne Wade of old. He was incredibly aggressive and effective on the offensive and defensive side of the court.
With all of the great things we can say about the Heat in last night’s game, it has to be pointed out that they have played inconsistently in the last two series. Hopefully, for their sake, they can continue the aggressive play we saw last night. It would make for a great NBA Finals.
Even with everyone heaping praise on the Heat today, I would like to bring up the game that Tony Parker had as well. All reports were that Parker had a hamstring injury and everyone was wondering how affective he would be in game four. It looks like Parker answered all of those questions. Even though his stats (15 pts, 4 reb, & 9 assts) don’t look that impressive, he was everywhere on the floor and when the Spurs needed a spark, Parker came through.
I’m very interested to see which teams show up for game five. Will the Heat team from game three show up and get blown out? Will the Spurs team from game two make an appearance and get blown out? Will they both come into game five with an uber aggressive style of play?
Either way, I know I’ll be glued to my TV on Sunday. All I ever ask for is a good series or championship game no matter what sport it is. The Heat and Spurs have given me a great series so far. I’m looking forward to watching how the rest of this unfolds.