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Can you remember a more exciting first-round matchup than this one? Or can you imagine a worse possible first-round matchup for the Miami Heat than the New York Knicks?
The Heat pretty much coasted all regular season, which included another ho-hum MVP season for LeBron James.
However, there are still questions surrounding the Heat. How healthy is Dwayne Wade? How well will Lebron James play in the fourth quarters of each postseason game? Which Chris Bosh will show up?
Then there is the big question.
Other than the Big Three, who, if any, will show up to help this postseason?
All those questions and the Heat are still the favorites to win the title. They can be that good.
The New York Knicks have had a roller-coaster season to say the least. First, they amnesty Chauncey Billups and steal Tyson Chandler at the last minute. Then, they pick up Jeremy Lin off waivers, which led to Linsanity.
Then, the Knicks are better without Carmelo Anthony and then they can't win without him. Then their coach gets fired. Now they have to deal with getting Amar'e Stoudemire back into the rotation, not to mention facing the most polarizing team in the NBA in the first round of the playoffs.
This Knicks actually have the tools to beat the Heat. They have Tyson Chandler, who was the best defensive player in the NBA playoffs last year in the Mavericks title run. He also knows a thing or two about how to beat the Heat in the postseason.
They have an elite scorer in Anthony, an All-Star power forward in Stoudemire and Chandler to form a Big Three of their own in New York. Iman Shumpert is an outstanding perimeter defender and Steve Novak and J.R. Smith are two of the biggest wild cards in the NBA. Those two can hit 16 threes between them on any given night, and we haven't even talked about how much Baron Davis gets when the spotlight is on him.
We could have a 12-page slideshow just on this series alone. Even though New York has a chance, I'll end it here by saying Miami will win.
Prediction: Miami win series 4-2