People have been asking "Who can defend the Miami Heat?". What people should be asking is "Who on the Miami Heat can defend?"
2006. Allen Iverson, who was averaging 33 points gets traded to the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets are supposed to be the unstoppable team of the future. "Who is going to guard Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony?" "They can outscore every team by themselves"
For the next three years, the Nuggets did not play any defense and went out in the first round. Which brings us to the Miami Heat. The "best trio ever".
Please go on about LeBron James individual ability to win 66 and 61 games. Please forget to mention the great team defense the Cavaliers played together. Please also forget to mention that on the Cavaliers, Anthony Parker and Delonte West defended the best scorer on the other team. Dore-ll Wright and Quentin Richardson did it for the Heat.
Both Wade and LeBron guarded the worst player on each team for 7 years, so they could play "free safety" and the passing lanes. Which basically means they suck as one on one defenders but their teams allowed them the chance to not get exposed each night.
There aren't going to be any Anthony Parkers or Dore-ll Wrights in the starting five for the Miami Heat. They are going to be at the mercy of the best perimeter scorer on each team.
That is, if the best post scorer on other team doesn't score 40.
Here is what most people calling this team the "Big 3" don't understand. Chris Bosh sucks. He got his points by being the focal point of the offense on a terrible team. The worst thing about Bosh, though, is that he struggles guarding his own shadow.
Chris Bosh cannot guard anybody. ANY. BODY.
In 7 years in the league, he has never had a big game against a quality power forward. Never. Look it up. Also, the past 3 weeks, this guy has been going to talk shows and award shows around the country and hosting parties to "expand his brand" while most other players are working on their games.
Nobody has debunked him because only four people watch Raptors games and they are three eskimos and an Italian living in an igloo off the coast of British Columbia.
Who is going to out-rebound and defend Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah, Andrew Bynum, Horford, Lopez, Camby? A guy named Joel Anthony, who has been a bench player, his entire career. Because of his secret ability to defend and out-rebound these guys.
And who is going to guard the point guards. Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Brandon Jennings, Jameer Nelson, John Wall etc. Nobody.
Who is going to stop Kobe, Durant, Carmelo etc.? LeBron? Wade? When they haven't guarded these players one on one for a whole game for 7 years without getting lit up?
Who is going to guard Pau Gasol, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Carlos Boozer, Amare Stoudemire and even Shaq? Look up Bosh's career stats against each player. A guaranteed easy 20 points. Usually in the 27+ range.
The Lakers are not going to beat the Heat in the 2011 Finals because the Heat won't be there.
The East isn't good enough to predict that the Heat are going out in the first round. But they are NOT making it past the Bulls, Celtics or Magic. Guaranteed.
The most over-hyped team of recent memory will be the biggest flop of recent memory.