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There have been numerous articles chronicling the Miami Heat’s title chances. In all likelihood, these articles focus not on the team’s strong points and then their weaknesses, but instead spend 90 percent of the time blasting the team’s “problems” while offering no acknowledgement of Miami’s greatest strength: They will have the two best players on the floor in whatever series they play.
The last time I checked, this was a tremendous advantage for a team in the postseason, especially when rosters get smaller and stars have the biggest impact on deciding a series. But apparently, the benches of the Heat’s opponents will decide a series more so than Wade, James or that team’s superstar.
The Heat-haters talk a lot about the team’s poor interior, yet never bring up the fact that Miami had one of the league’s best post-defenses. They talk about Miami’s “lack of a bench,” yet dismiss great outings by James Jones (who had 25 points in a playoff game recently), Mario Chalmers (who had 20 points in the game before) or Joel Anthony (who objective observers have acknowledged as a key contributor off the bench this postseason) as "flukes."
How can you give an honest assessment of the Heat’s “title chances” when you can’t even admit they have strengths?
The analysis of the Heat’s opponents, however, is biased in the other direction. The closer we get to the Bulls-Heat Eastern Conference Finals, expect to see articles claiming that the Heat won’t be able to stop Derrick Rose and he alone will make up for the Bulls glaring mismatch at the shooting guard position.
Analysis is not about simply pointing out the flaws of teams you don’t like while emphasizing the strong points of the ones that you do. Real analysis acknowledges that every team that makes it to the final four of the NBA clearly has strengths and weaknesses and that no analysis can be complete without objectively looking at both.
The Heat-haters don’t realize this.