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TNT’s Steve Kerr predicts Bulls will knock off Heat this year

Sep 17, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

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The last team to make the NBA Finals four straight years was Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics from 1984-87 — so many things need to go right for you to make the Finals (health being the key) that it’s hard to have it all break for you year after year after year.

So expect a lot of people to pick against the Heat to three-peat this year.

That starts with Steve Kerr, the analyst for TNT, who told the Los Angeles Times he is picking his old team from the East to knock off Miami.

“There’s a reason these teams don’t do it,” TNT analyst Steve Kerr said. “Emotionally, it’s just exhausting to keep doing it year after year, particularly when you have to deal with everything Miami has to deal with on a daily basis, just the constant critiquing and scrutiny on the team, and then you factor in the injuries with Wade and Bosh and their health. I don’t think Miami will get out of the East this year….

“I just feel like it’s all sort of teed up for Chicago with Rose coming back, guys like Noah and [Taj] Gibson entering their prime,” Kerr said. “I think Chicago will have something special this year.”

The Bulls with a healthy Derrick Rose makes for an interesting matchup — they have the size and defense to challenge the Heat, but will they have the offense when LeBron James lines up to defend Rose? The Bulls were just starting to hit the stride two years ago when Rose blew out his knee and we have never seen peak Bulls against the Heat. It would be a great matchup.

To me the Pacers took the Heat seven games in the playoffs and then went out and got a lot better — they get Danny Granger back plus they added depth with C.J. Watson, Luis Scola and Chris Copeland. Not to mention Paul George, Roy Hibbert and others are at the point in their careers where there can be considerable improvement year to year.

Then out West there are the Spurs (who had the Heat all but beat in the Finals, the Thunder with Russell Westbrook back and the Los Angeles Clippers — a team with questions but if Doc Rivers can meld them and get them to play defense (we’re looking at you, DeAndre Jordan) they can be right there.

The league feels more wide open than it has in years — we just need to start the season already.

  1. jonathonvirgen - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I think the semifinals games will be fun to watch, the heat will get the first seed, pacers second, bulls third, or visa versa, and nets 4th, and knicks fifth or vivsa versa. heat vs nets (my prediction) and bulls vs pacers (my prediction) for the semifinal. and bulls vs pacers would be really fun to watch.

  2. spursareold - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    A lot of people quoting history here to support the Heat. Here’s some history: no team has made 4 straight Finals appearances since the Dynasty Celtics. Not the Jordan Bulls. Not the Shaq/Kobe Lakers. Not the Kobe/Pau Lakers. Teams become a victim of their own success when they play close to, or actually 100 games a season for a few seasons in a row.

  3. youareverystupid - Oct 30, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Wow, quite a bit of stupidity from Kerr and the commenters.

    Jordan didn’t even have a chance for 4 straight, he “retired” after both 3peats.

    Kerr says Noah and Gibson are just entering their “primes.” In reality, Gibson and Noah are a whole 3 and 2 months younger than LeBron, and a year younger than Bosh. What primes are we talking about here, Steve? Are LeBron and Bosh entering their “prime” too?

    None of it’s really surprising coming from Kerr. He’s been writing them off since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011 when he said the Heat were “grasping at straws” trying to beat the Bulls. Sorry Steve. Not this year, either.

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