Friday, May 16, 2014

LEBRON JAMES - "WE STILL HAVE SOME BUSINESS TO TAKE CARE OF...." - CRAIG SHELTON - 5/16/2014




LEBRON JAMES - "WE STILL HAVE SOME BUSINESS TO TAKE CARE OF...."
Written by: Craig Shelton
Date posted: 5/16/2014

For those of you who have been paying attention to the NBA, you know it's a game about match-ups in the playoffs.

For example, the Rockets dominated Portland and San Antonio in the regular season, but in the playoffs, those same Houston Rockets looked at times like they didn't belong in the same gym as the Trail Blazers. That outcome was especially frustrating witnessing the Rockets subpar coaching and defensive performance in Games 1 and 2 on the a Rockets' home wood in Toyota Center.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that if you're the Portland Trail Blazers and you defeat the Rockets in Round One, who dominated the overall number one seed in the playoffs, you're the safe bet to dethrone the Spurs as the reigning Western Conference champs. That conventional wisdom theory turned out to be good enough for one second-round victory for the Blazers, as they barely escaped an embarrassing second round sweep by San Antonio.

STOP SMOKING "ESPN CUSH"

America's sports culture is commonly snookered on average about once a week by the media driven sports headline machine. Whether it's Michael Sam is a hero or Donald Sterling is the antichrist, we fall for the banana in the tailpipe way too often as savy sports fans.

This week's sports media rubber-snake is the Miami Heat will deliver a San Antonio vs. Portland-like beatdown on Indiana in the Eastern Conference Finals. The most common prediction being levied is Miami in 5 games with a notable contingency of "sheeple" buying into the ESPN hype calling for a Miami sweep of Indiana.

In a bizarro world where yours truly would actually bet my hard earned week-to-week salary on an NBA playoff series, I'd put my money on Miami with confidence as most would. I would also bet with total confidence in taking Indiana in a bet where the Pacers are not favored to win at least two games versus the Heat.

The Pacers will win two games versus the Heat. Bet on it!

Once NBA fans come down off their "ESPN cush"-induced high passing the mind altering drug around like rappers on a tour bus, they'll remember the Heat DO NOT match-up inside with Indiana. That won't change over the next two weeks.

THE KING PUTTIN' IN WORK

After Lebron James and D-Wade knocked off Brooklyn in five games, James said in the post-game interview, "we still have some work to do." The Heat-Pacers series may very well when it's all said and done come down to just that, business.

The Heat have been more business-like during the second half of the regular season and into the first two rounds of the playoffs. It may come down to, "a superior state of mind, over a superior roster on paper."

Heat in 6!

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