For those of you who don't know, or don't live in the greater Miami area, Jonathan Zaslow is radio talk-show host on South Florida's #1 sports talk station, WAXY 790 ‘The Ticket'. While he roots for all the local sports teams, ‘Zas' is a die-hard Miami Heat fan and has been since their inaugural season. Every few weeks Zaslow takes the time to put a blog together for us at PIM, and here is his latest entry:
Well if you were asking for the Boston Celtics (like I have been for over a year now), you got 'em. I'm not going to pick the Heat in this series (maybe I'm going the reverse jinx route), but I do think the Heat are going to give them a big scare and a great series.
What we'll do today though, is take a look at why the Heat are going to give them a good run.
The reason I can't pick the Heat in this series is because there is just too much talent on that Celtics roster, especially the three possible Hall of Famers. The Heat on the other hand, have been mediocre for most of the real and criticized for not having enough talent. But the key part of that last sentence is "mediocre", because the Heat haven't looked mediocre in over a month. On the other hand, the Boston Celtics have been the definition of mediocre for most of this season.
The Celtics started the year 23-5. For the next 54 games, they went 27-27. They've been an average team for most of the year. The Heat went 31-23 over that same stretch. And it's not like the C's turned it on late (like the Heat did), when their longest win streak of the second half was 4, and lost 7 of their last 10 games.
This years Celtics remind you a little bit of the 2006 Heat, huh? The Celtics coasted thru the regular season with the idea that they can turn it on in the playoffs. Except here is the thing: Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce can't just turn it on anymore. They're old. The 2006 Heat went this route also, except their star player was in his 3rd year in the league and they had a still very effective Shaq (Let me know when KG puts up a 30 and 20 in Game 6 of the 1st round like Shaq!). Plus, the '06 Heat went into the playoffs after a 10-game win streak in the second half to turn their season around. I have a hard time believing the Celtics will just turn it on.
And, that's why I have this series going seven games, and giving the Heat a chance to win the series outright. And you know what else? If it actually goes to Game 7, I'm going to wind up changing my mind anyway, because you'd rather be the team with Dwyane Wade in that spot.
This should be a good one. Best of all, the Heat have a chance to end this version of the Celtics for good. That's something worth getting excited over.