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 Friday, May 13.
Start planning the parade:
Hawks fans may have winced at the beating they took at the hands of the Bulls last night in Game 6 (I know I did), but the other team doing a little shifting in their seats had to have been the Miami Heat. By turning aside the surprisingly competitive Hawks, the Bulls now set their sights on finishing what they started in the regular season — beating the Heat.
The Heat dropped the Celtics in five games, but they only faced a healthy Rajon Rondo for a little over two of those, and that series might have been a little different had Dwyane Wade not KO’d his elbow.
Miami won’t be so lucky in the next round against Derrick Rose and company. Have you seen the point guard production from Miami in this postseason? I mean, have you seen it? You probably haven’t, because it’s been pretty much invisible.
If any defense is going to slow down the LeBron–D-Wade train, it belongs to Chicago. As we saw over the past few games against Atlanta, the Bulls’ depth will continue to give Chicago the upper hand as players get more and more exhausted. Plus we all know the affect Omer Asik has on Chris Bosh.
Give it up already:
It’s been a wonderful run for the Grizzlies, but it ends tonight 10 feet off of Beale Street.
I don’t want to be the one to have to give the news to the fans at the local zoo…