Conventional wisdom report: May 12th

by Micah Hart

Each day until the end of the NBA Finals, we’ll be taking a look at the conventional wisdom of the moment — which team is currently the favorite to win it all, and which team should be ashamed to still be putting on their jerseys.

Here’s how it looks on the morning of Thursday, May 12.

Start planning the parade:

Miami Heat

Oh how it pains me to write this, but is there any doubt right now that the Heat are looking like the team to beat?

It’s funny. With all the commotion over last summer and how everything came together, and then the periods of struggle in Miami this season, I somehow managed to forget what a stone-cold playoff killer Dwyane Wade is.

Yeah, LeBron is playing well right now, but we’ve seen him shrink in the postseason spotlight before. Chris Bosh? God only knows what he’s going to provide game to game. But Wade? He’s a machine, man. He’s going to come through. And the fact that the Heat beat their Celtic nemeses in five games while getting almost no contributions outside of the Big Three (save James Jones‘ 25-point effort in Game 1) speaks volumes about what this team is capable of accomplishing this postseason.

It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but this is happening people.

Give it up already:

Memphis Grizzlies

Sekou is going to hate me for saying it, but the Hang Time Grizzlies’ run is over. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve been fun to watch over the last few weeks, and they’ve really shown themselves as a team to be reckoned with in the reshaping Western Conference hierarchy for the future.

But for this year, Memphis is finished. Frankly, the series should already be over, but the Thunder have this annoying habit of letting big fourth-quarter leads go to waste.

Losing a triple overtime game in a 2-2 playoff series has to be a backbreaking experience, and Game 5 showed us that it affected the Grizzlies big time.

Look for OKC to finish them for good Friday night in Memphis.

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One Comment

  1. JS says:

    Wade is absolutely a playoff machine. He can kick it into overdrive more than any other player I’ve seen in the last decade

    What frustrates me the most is how Kobe’s image has always overshadowed Dwyane Wade. Wade was very arguably the best 2 guard in the league this season. Putting aside all of both players’ past achievements and just focusing on this year’s performance, he was. He played better than Kobe for the past two seasons as well. He’s the best shot-blocking guard in the league, with more blocks this season than Lebron and even Tyson Chandler, and he had more steals than Kobe. More efficient than Kobe, better FG% than Kobe, better in nearly every stat you can measure. Yet Kobe still gets 1st defensive and 1st all NBA team this year…

    I know what a great, historic player Bryant is and has been, and he still exhibits the skills of his prime in some games. He is one of the all-time greats, destined for a big spot in the Hall of Fame. But, that being said, I think this year he’s gotten those 1st team nominations based more on his past accolades than his game this season. Seeing how Lebron and Wade have played this season side-by-side demonstrates just how equal in skill those two are. Hopefully eventually it will go towards Wade stepping out of the shadow of both Bryant and his teammate King James.