Miami Heat: One Word That Describes Each Member of NBA Final Team
The Miami Heat are one win away from the NBA championship. Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem would get their second ring, while LeBron James, Chris Bosh and company will get their first. More importantly, it would be the second banner rising up in AmericanAirlines Arena.
It was not just the Big Three who have brought the Heat to this point; it's been a complete team effort. From King James to rookie Norris Cole, the Heat have shown a bigger difference than the Oklahoma City Thunder in playing team basketball.
It wasn't always easy, but this Heat team has shown complete resiliency. The loss to the Dallas Mavericks hurt last season and the guys never seemed to forget the feeling of being so close to winning it all.
If I had to describe this Heat team in one word, I would say resilient. Miami has been on the brink of elimination, but its will to win overshadowed all of that.
Here's one word to describe each member of the Miami Heat roster.
Terrel Harris is an unknown to most Miami Heat fans. He really hasn't been seen by the Heat audience outside of blowout games.
The guard out of Oklahoma State has talent, but really hasn't been used in the playoffs, with the exception of garbage time.
In the 2011 season, Harris has averaged 3.6 points, 1.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds.
In the postseason, Harris has seen a little over two minutes per game in three games. The rookie could have a bright future if given the opportunity to show his worth.
Dexter Pittman will forever be known as the guy who was suspended for Game 6 of the Indiana Pacers series. He gave a dirty flagrant foul to Lance Stephenson of the Pacers in Game 5. He delivered a hard elbow to the throat of Stephenson.
Pittman may have done the foul as payback for Stephenson being seen giving a choke sign to LeBron James in a Game 3 win over the Heat.
Pittman and other guys on the Heat squad didn't take too kindly to this apparently. Pittman could be seen giving a little wink following the flagrant foul.
Regarding his playing ability, the Texas center hasn't been able to show his worth yet. He's a big body and was solid at Texas but hasn't done much in a Heat uniform.
In the 2011/2012 season, Pittman averaged three points and two rebounds.
To think, Eddy Curry lost weight too. Curry was added to the Heat roster to add size and depth. He had more of a playing position in the season, but hasn't really been seen in the postseason.
Curry has been around the NBA with teams such as the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls. He's a tough guy to cover in the post.
This season saw Curry average 2.1 points and a little under one rebound.
The experience of Ronny Turiaf got him a starting position after the loss of Chris Bosh. Turiaf saw his minutes skyrocket following Bosh getting hurt in the Indiana Pacers series.
The center out of Gonzaga has played in 11 postseason games with the Heat. While he wasn't a stat machine, his height and effort attracted head coach Erik Spoelstra.
While he wasn't a match for Kevin Garnett defensively, Turiaf proved his worth in these playoffs.
The only word that is fitting for Joel Anthony.
The center is a complete blocking machine. He rebounds and hustles to get loose balls.
Anthony isn't much of an offensive threat as he has averaged 3.2 points throughout the postseason. However, he's there for length and defense.
Anthony has emerged as a reliable starter for the Heat but has seemed to find a role on the bench as of late.
What other word can describe a guy who has been in the league for 17 years? Juwan Howard has been in the league for quite a while.
Howard brings physicality, toughness and a good amount of support. He's known for being a part of the Fab Five at Michigan way back when, and he's still going strong.
While Howard doesn't see much time on the court, he could have his first crack at a championship come Thursday.
Mike Miller is the definition of effort. He provides a decent shooting ability and will also provide hustling and effort. These are all impressive traits for a guy who can barely jog up and down the court.
Miller gets his fair share of minutes, and he provides a spark defensively. He draws charges and does the little things that may go unnoticed.
Through a constant back injury, Miller has been able to play and really earn his ring if the Heat do prevail. He had 12 points in Game 6 of the Indiana Pacers series, nailing four three-pointers. Miller played a huge part in the Heat clinching that series.
Shockingly, Miller doesn't have any retirement plans following this season.
Dwyane Wade has even said that Miller is the toughest guy on the team.
Just get James Jones the ball. Chances are he will make a shot from long range.
Jones doesn't do much besides shooting. Spoelstra puts him out for offense. He doesn't have much of a game outside of jump shooting. Can you blame him? The guy is lights out.
The former Miami Hurricane has averaged four points in the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder but has been able to provide a lift when he gets open.
Norris Cole, the rookie out of Cleveland State, has a very, very bright future. He is quick, smart and has the ability to knock down shots.
This was evident in Game 4 of the Thunder series. Cole was able to provide eight points in the first half, a half that saw starting point guard Mario Chalmers struggle.
Cole shot 50 percent in the game as well. Throughout the regular season, Cole averaged 6.8 points and two assists. In the playoffs, Cole hasn't scored as much, but he has provided a spark off the bench.
Perhaps Shane Battier has been training with the Duke shooting staff lately. Battier has been amazing in the finals. He has been drawing charges, shooting lights out and hustling.
Important plays include tipping the ball to Mario Chalmers with 18 seconds remaining in Game 4 of the finals. Plays like that will go unnoticed but Battier is a very intelligent basketball player.
Against OKC, Battier has averaged 14.3 points. He's been playing big-time minutes, usually close to 40 per game. Against the Thunder, the former Blue Devil has shot over 73 percent from the field. Battier has also contributed multiple 17-point games.
Battier is well-deserving of a championship ring. He's been with the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets, but was never given a chance to excel.
He's a defensive machine and does all the intangibles on the court. He's a big reason that the Heat are one win away from the history books.
Udonis Haslem is one of two guys that have been a part of the Miami Heat for over five years. The other guy is Dwyane Wade. Haslem has been with a championship team and he knows what it takes exactly to win the ultimate prize in basketball.
Haslem has contributed with rebounding and being a physical presence. He is more than capable of making a needed shot, as seen in the Indiana Pacers series.
While Haslem will never steal headlines on this roster, there's no doubt in the locker room that Haslem is a crucial part of the success of this team. After all, he's a captain.
The perfect word for Mario Chalmers. How clutch was the former Kansas star? He did it in Lawrence, Kansas, and now he's coming up big in the NBA finals.
Chalmers had a perfect night against the Thunder with a 25-point performance in Game 4. He had a very crucial layup in the late stages to solidify the victory.
Chalmers shot 60 percent from the field in the game and was a big part in filling in for LeBron James, who was dealing with leg cramps.
The point guard does make some bad decisions here and there, but he's a solid shooter and also makes good plays. He can drive to the basket with ease and set up transition fast breaks.
In the postseason, Chalmers has averaged 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
Chalmers is indeed an underrated point guard. It comes with the territory of playing with the Big Three.
If the 2012 NBA playoffs have shown one thing, it's that Chris Bosh is imperative to the success of the Miami Heat.
There were doubters of his abilities, but those doubters have learned what a key element to the team this guy is.
Bosh has been a big reason that the Heat are in the position they're in. He has gotten a double-double in nearly every game.
Bosh has averaged 12.0 points and 10.3 rebounds. He's shooting well and has provided the rebounding the Heat desperately needed.
Before the return of Bosh, Miami was very undersized and could hardly get an offensive rebound.
Bosh is always a tough guard because of his variety. He can shoot the 15-18 footer, while also posting up. No other big man on the Heat roster has much of a post-up game.
This is what makes Bosh special. He also has can motivate the other players on the court.
Who doesn't like seeing Bosh get pumped up for an ordinary play anyways?
He's a very important part of the team and is definitely worthy of being considered in the Big Three.
The 2006 Finals MVP represents the Miami Heat. Through thick and thin, Dwyane Wade has been the main guy and the leader.
With the Game 4 performance, Wade has had 10 25-point performances in the finals. Only Kobe Bryant has had more.
Wade has won a ring in 2006 and was amazing against the Dallas Mavericks.
In the postseason, Wade is averaging nearly 23 points per game. He has averaged 22.7 points per game against OKC.
While he hasn't been the best player on the court, Wade has made shots when needed and has carried the load right next to King James.
Wade is now looking for his second ring in six years.
There's no doubt that Wade has battled knee injuries but he has been able to fight on throughout the playoffs.
Some still believe it's Wade County.
This freak of nature has been consistent throughout the playoffs. Whether it was Game 6 against the Boston Celtics or Game 2 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James has truly lived up to his reign as king of the NBA.
King James has shown why he's the best player in the world. Through his ability to drive on Kevin Durant, shoot the mid-range jumper or just make a nice highlight, James has proved his critics completely wrong in this postseason. The guy is pretty clutch.
James has had a much better finals than last year. He has had 30-point games, and even close to triple-doubles.
As one of the most hated figures in all of sports, James has seemed to prove all his doubters that he can win a championship. He has led this team in a tremendous fashion.
Against the Thunder, James has put up incredible numbers with 29.3 points per game, 10.0 rebounds per game and 6.0 assists per game. Throughout the postseason, James has averaged over 30.0 points per game.
James has been on a mission as of late. He will not rest until he wins the most coveted prize in basketball. The one accomplishment James has not been able to grasp.
That may all be put to rest soon.
James has been a very difficult cover for Kevin Durant. He's stronger and can't be stopped from driving to the basket with ease.
LeBron James has put together a remarkable postseason.