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PBT Extra: Heat vulnerability, how Memphis is the “it” team

May 16, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

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Time for another PBT Extra, where Kay Adams and I are talking about what the Bulls showed us about the Heat — is Miami vulnerable? How much more Dwyane Wade to they need when it comes time to face Indiana?

And, Kay’s dad loves the Grizzlies these playoffs. He’s got a lot of company lately.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 16, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Sounds like you took my suggestion. Either that or we both had the same idea for an article/podcast. The stars may be aligning for Memphis.

  2. rodge1 - May 16, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Everyone picked the Thunder last year…

  3. jbeagles23 - May 16, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Heat are 8 and 1 and vulnerable. That’s called reaching

    • 1972sxwife - May 16, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      They played a borderline lottery team & a Bulls team missing 60% of their starting lineup. They should have been 8-0.

      • melkipershero - May 16, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        Ive never seen so much overreaction to one loss.

      • andrewproughcfe - May 16, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        If the Bulls even had Deng and Hinrich for the full series it would have gone 7 games, easily. Anyone could see that. And neither of them are world-beaters.

        These Heat are the least impressive 8-1 team I’ve ever seen. They look like 8-1 going on 4-5.

      • brutl - May 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM

        You people must not have watched the heat this season.
        The Heat either aren’t motivated by bad teams, or they want to make it a good game. I can’t decide which.
        Either way, there’s no doubt they play down to their competition.

  4. scorp16 - May 16, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    You do realize the Miami Heat have won 45 out of 48 games……… Think about that for a second.

    • andrewproughcfe - May 16, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      You do realize the Heat played 44 games against Charlotte, Washington, Orlando, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Toronto, Dallas, New Orleans, Utah, Portland, Minnesota, the Lakers, Sacramento, and Phoenix. Think about that for a second.

      • slapwowchop - May 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        You do realize they also played games against and beat Houston, the Clippers, Oklahoma City, Atlanta (twice), Chicago (twice, lost once), Memphis, the Knicks (played twice, lost once), Indiana, San Antonio, and Boston (twice). Over a 48 game span every team is bound to play some terrible teams and some good teams. The fact that they won 45 of those 48 is simply astounding. Think about that for a second.

      • brokerhenry - May 17, 2013 at 2:00 AM

        @Andrew: Did the Heat shut down Derrick Rose and company when they were at full strength? Yes. Did the Heat defeat the Pacers even without Chris Bosh? Yes. Are the Pacers better this year? Yes. Are the Heat better this year than when they won the championship? The answer is undoubtably yes. Everyone picked Oklahoma to win the championship last year. The Heat lost the first game and then rolled over OKC like an avalanche. Every single blowhard talking head picked OKC!!! The Heat are going to beat the shizznit out of the Pacers. The Pacers are good. But as good as the Heat?! The Pacers ain’t worth a wet bag of stinking North Korean weed! You just watch. The Heat rise to the occasion and play the good teams at matching intensity. The Heat realize the window is closing for D-Wade. They already lost one chance. They are not losing this one.

      • nard100 - May 17, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Amen brokerhenry. People keep talking like playing big-man ball is the best way to beat the heat, yet the knicks did just the opposite Indy. So if playing big-man doesn’t beat the lowly knicks, Why would it work against the Heat? It won’t.

  5. simonwelds - May 16, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Memphis are too so with there rotations to compete with miami, they will win the battle of the boards, but miami moves the ball way to fast for memphis, transition offense will be the key.

    • melkipershero - May 16, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Not sure how Miami matches up with Gasol and Zbo.

      • loungefly74 - May 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        Grizz will need to push the heat around. get them off balance. ZBo is capable of doing that.

      • kinggw - May 16, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        The same way they match up with West/Hibbert, Boozer/Noah, etc.

        People act as if Miami has never faced decent bigs before. I believe we are getting ahead of ourselves. The Spurs will not be a pushover. Bear in mind that Griz looked better than the Thunder throughout the series but OKC had a chance to win every game late. The Spurs are battle tested, better coached, and know how to execute at the end of games. If they are able to close out the Dubs, the Griz may be in for a surprise. Didn’t we learn last year, that its not wise to crown a team after the second round?

      • mister12 - May 17, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        zbo doesnt do well when he has to play both ends of the floor. he will have to do so going forward. the grizz and spurs split this season but SA did blast them by 21 for one of those games…this will be a good one though!

  6. golfrangeman - May 16, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Everybody plays those teams idiot !!! They also won 66 games and 45 of 48 how do you explain that !!

  7. golfrangeman - May 17, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Like I said 45 of 48… 25 and 5 against the west… I guess if they won 48 of 48 that would be OK

  8. realfootballfan - May 17, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Do people really believe this or is it just “keep picking teams until we find one” type of deal? The Grizzlies wouldn’t even win 2 games in that series for the same reason the Pacers will lose, they don’t have enough dynamic scores.

    People keep thinking defense and the height is the ticket, but just like when Jordan was beating the Knicks and Cavs every year with their trees in the paint, the team with the more dynamic players win out this time of year. Not to mention, it’s not like the Heat are too shabby themselves on defense when they put their heads to it.

    News flash, the Heat are really, really good even if they don’t always play like it.

  9. realfootballfan - May 17, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    andrewproughcfe ,

    Like it went 7 2 years ago when the Bulls had a better team and the Heat were worse? Just checking.

    The Bulls better stop wasting Rose’s prime and get him some better pieces around him before the window closes.

  10. jbeagles23 - May 17, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    Everyone always says how will the heat match up with this team or tht team. Then you watch the series and its the opponents trying to match up with the heat. Yea their bigs are bigger in Indiana an Memphis. Bosh and battier can both hit perimeter shots meaning Hibbert and Randolph will have to play away from the basket causing major problems. Chicagoans bigs are much more athletic then those bigs and couldn’t stop it

  11. kb2408 - May 17, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    If you want to crown the Heat, then crown them! But the next NBA champion will be the Memphis Grizzlies.

  12. golfrangeman - May 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Sounds like your crowning the grizzlies

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