Lakers/Heat Preview 03-10-11

The game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat is a clash of two teams heading in the opposite directions. The Lakers are the league’s hottest team right now, winning eight straight since the All-Star break. And are playing like the two-time defending Champions that they are.

The Heat are another story. They are losers of five straight and seem to be on the verge of collapse. They can’t win close games, they can’t beat the top teams and they are blowing huge leads. To top it off, some of them are even crying after games (allegedly).

The sound bite you keep hearing from the Heat, as well as their fans (however many of them that are left), is that they are “figuring out their roles” and are just “waiting to gel.” The last time I checked, there were less than 20 games left in the season. If you are still trying to “figure out” your roles and if you haven’t “gelled” by now, it’s not going to happen at all. Ever.

Provided this team does not go on a crazy losing streak, they should make the playoffs. And if they keep playing like this, they are going to be One and Done.

The Lakers, on the other hand, are playing their best basketball of the season. And they are doing it at the right time. Their offense is hitting on all cylinders and the defense has improved immensely.  Most of that defensive prowess can the attributed to Andrew Bynum. Since the All-Star break he has been averaging 12 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. But what he does best isn’t reflected in the boxscore. He is a menacing presence in the paint. He is altering many shots and most times just denying the opposing player from even getting the inbound pass. I think he is finally living up to his potential.

With all that being said I think the Lakers will win this game. I see it going down only two ways. Either it’s going to be another nail biter, coming down to the last shot and the Heat lose yet another heartbreaker. Or it’s going to be a repeat of the Lakers/Spurs game and the Lakers will blow them out by 40 points.

Either way it should be an entertaining game. If it’s another close loss, the post game press conference should be even more entertaining.

Is Paul Pierce Really a “Studio Gangster”?

The answer to the above question is: Of course he is. Paul Pierce is the biggest front-running douchebag in the NBA. He talks shit with every win and sulks off the court after every loss. (Think back to Game 7 of last year’s NBA Finals). The question really is rhetorical. Paul Pierce is the NBA equivalent of the Studio Gangster. But that’s not the important part of the story.

This all started after the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat on Thursday. After the game Pierce decided to tweet the following, “It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents to south beach now on to Memphis.” Funny, to be sure but you know he wouldn’t have said jack if the Celtics had lost. Again, think back to Game 7.

What makes this even more funny is that he was taking a cheap shot at LeBron James and the Miami Heat; the Ultimate Frontrunning Douchebags in the history of the world. That’s the punchline. Its two studio gangsters having a fight. Think Soulja Boy having beef with Ja Rule. That’s how funny this is.

You know who doesn’t think it’s funny? Udonis Haslem. He was the one who called Pierce a studio gangster. The whole quote is this: “”Paul who?” he said.”Man, ain’t nobody paying them dudes no attention, man. You know what studio gangster is? Look up that; look up the definition of studio gangster. I’m here to play basketball. First of all, I don’t tweet. So I wouldn’t know what he tweeted if you guys didn’t tell me.”

Let’s just set aside the fact that LBJ has to get teammates to defend him for a second and focus on the fact that a member of the Miami Heat is calling someone else a “studio gangster.” The whole city of Miami is made up of studio gangsters. From Rick Ross to DJ Khalid. From the Jersey Shore Guidos to The Basketball Wives. South Beach is the Studio Gangster capital of the world.

As a Laker fan I love to see two pretenders to the throne fight amongst themselves but this goes beyond all my wildest dreams. It’s off the charts on the Irony Meter.

If the Celtics want to puff out their collective chests when the win a game and sulk when they lose, that’s fine with me. If the Heat want to get overly defensive every time they lose a game, that’s fine, too.

I wouldn’t expect anything less from either of them.