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:
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:
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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