I don't know about you guys, but the smell of the playoffs looming around the corner just makes me downright impatient. I can't for the Heat to blaze through the first two rounds, take the ECF to 6 or 7 and return to the NBA Finals. Though I doubt the Mavs will be waiting for us there to defend the title, and the prospect of revenge is a tempting situation that would most likely be the only satisfactory situation for the Heat to play in before winning again, just the thought of them winning a championship is orgasmic in itself that I can't help but shift in my seat, waiting for June.
That said, without stats and play analysis and visual aids, and with the help of tacky metaphors, I'll attempt to draw out a formula for the Heat, specifically, the duo of Wade and LeBron, to consistently dominate a game in the Finals. The plan is pretty obvious, but there is beauty in seeing how it works from another perspective.
Ever since The Heatles dominated the road, they've become somewhat reminiscent of 80's rock stars. And metaphorically, LeBron and Wade are not far off. To make their duo work, they need to look at a memorable late 80's rock anthem that transcends decades.
LeBron is no doubt the front man of the team. He's just a tad bit more famous than Wade. He's higher than Wade on the media priority scale and he's the best player on the team. But there comes a time when Wade's star will shine brighter then LeBron's. There comes a time when Wade becomes the more, no ,the most important player on the team.
There was a time when Tony Parker led the Spurs, not Tim Duncan. A time when Joe Dumars led the Bad Boys, not Zeke. And a time when Worthy won it for Showtime, not Magic. And that time is The Finals. If The Finals were Sweet Child of Mine and the Heat were Guns 'n' Roses, LeBron may be out front as Axl Rose, but Wade will be tearing it all throughout as Slash.
Some of us (including myself) are too young to remember when the song first hit (and dominated) the airwaves worldwide, but nevertheless, I bet even people born in the 90's know the song even by just hearing the intro.
The song starts with arguably the most memorable guitar intro in rock history. As much as Slash is a genius in this intro, Wade is a genius at getting it going early in the game. The way he scores 10-15 in just the first quarter makes you wonder why he doesn't score 40 a night. The key to a good game is a good start. You can also make a case for Bosh being Bass, but that's beside the point. As long as Wade can get it going early, he's in for a good night.
Axl gets started on the vocals and on a very high voice. Time for Wade to take a backseat in the second and let LeBron dominate the ball. But as the chorus comes, and the we're nearing the half, the Heat need to close out efficiently. The tandem of Wade and LeBron, and the knowledge, or lack thereof, of who's gonna score will make for hundreds of different ways to score, cause a turnover or rebound and score again.
The same goes with the third quarter. We can rest them if we can, but the trick has to be that there always has to be at least one of the three, or even better, on of either Wade or LeBron at a time in the middle of the game to keep the lead static, or even make it better. Just not allowing it to diminish.
If you've heard Sweet Child o' Mine til after the second chorus, you'll be treated to one of the best guitar solos you'll ever hear. And that solo goes on until the end of the song, but with Axl singing his lungs out til the last word.
Wade is the Heat's closer and he deserves to be allowed to get it going in the fourth to seal a win. But Wade can't close out with his team. If we want to perform well in the clutch, we need to give Wade the ball, or confuse them by letting LeBron hold it first. And the rest of the team doing the fundamentals. Setting picks, causing turnovers, rebounding and converting a wide open jump shot. Should we be in a tight game with a few seconds left, it's either let Wade create or let LeBron create for Wade. I trust both of them to draw a play from out of nowhere.
If the Heat keep using this formula, although simplistic as it may be, consistency will be key, but also unpredictability is a must. The Heat just basically need to stick to the formula, but mix it up as to who is shooting.
And there you have it folks. TADA!