Thursday, March 10, 2011
Lakers Vs. Heat Preview
In case you haven't heard, the Heat have had some issues lately with winning close games, winning not close games, crying in the locker room, players questioning their roles, etc. Meanwhile, it's been smooth sailing for Kobe and friends since the all-star break. Ha, silly bloggers. (It gets boring reminding everyone that the Lakers are going to turn it on at some point every season. My bad). All these two teams have had in common over the last couple of weeks is loads of hot women and botoxed oldsters attend their home games. Besides that, it's been like night and day for the 2 squads that everyone loves to hate.
Tonight, the Lakers will look to avenge that Christmas beatdown at the hands of Peppino and co. as well as extend their 8 game winning streak, while the Heat need a win of any kind in the worst way right now. A win over the champs would silence the Hater Js of the world for at least a night and maybe could grant a short reprieve from loud mouths like myself who have been throwing around their record vs. the cream of the NBA crop thus far this season (it's really bad).
I've seen a lot of these sorts of statement games throughout the years and it could really go either way. The Heat need this game way more than the Lakers do, not only for their own collective psyches but also to keep pace with the Celtics and Bulls for the top 2 seeds in the Eastern conference. (At this point, getting the Sixers or whatever CYO level team is in 8th place in the east over the Knicks has to be the goal for all of the top 3 teams). Conventional wisdom would say that the Lakers should stomp all over the NBA's version of Two and a Half Men, but of course sports aren't that easy to predict.
Home court advantage should be a wash seeing as how this is a 7 p.m start in Miami; it will probably look like a Nets game for the first quarter and a half, and even after that it will be 60% Lakers fans. Still, the Heat need it more and the Lakers are due for a crap performance. I have a feeling Miami wins this one.