Listeners can enjoy the podcast right right here (with more info after the jump) or enjoy it one of three other ways:
- Mosi Platt from the Miami Heat Index, Moderator
- Alfredo Arteaga from HeatFreak.com
- Danny Martinez, Writer for Hot Hot Hoops
The Heat kicked off their playoff run on Saturday and the Miami Heat Podcast kicked off its playoff run on Sunday. Here's a rundown of the conversation:
- The podcast began with an introduction of its newest member and his Heat confidence meter.
- The podcasters compared what they expected to happen in Game One and what actually happened.
- As Tim Reynolds reported, the Heat entered the playoffs with the top two scorers in terms of career playoff averages (LeBron James at 29.3 PPG and Dwyane Wade at 26.3 PPG). Heat beat writers reported how amped up the team was and how ready they were to show the world what they could do. Chris Bosh said on the Dan LeBatard Show with Stugotz (at the 1:59:00 mark) that he couldn't wait for the game. Yet the only player that brought their "A" game in Game One was Bosh with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Surprised? Listeners may be surprised by the podcasters' answers.
- Should 25 points and 12 rebounds have been the norm instead of the exception for Bosh this season?
- Bosh told LeBatard that he hasn't had time for anything but basketball this season, and that was something he didn't expect. Has he had to work harder to keep up with the work ethic of LeBron, Coach Erik Spoelstra and work horses like Joel Anthony?
- Did Bosh develop losing habits with the Toronto Raptors? For example, why didn't they tell him that he scored more efficiently from the right side of the floor instead of the left side like Spoelstra did?
- If fans knew before this season that Bosh was going to work harder than he did last season (when he averaged 24 points and 10.8 rebounds per game), would they have expected (or been satisfied with) a drop in his numbers?
- Arteaga identified what he thought was the turning point for Bosh this season.
- The podcast takes a brief detour with comments on trading Mike Miller, replacing the "brigade of stiffs" and an introduction of the short-lived Joel Anthony Stat Index (you have to listen to understand).
- Each blogger gave their expectations for the rest of the series against the Sixers and who the Heat would face in subsequent rounds of the playoffs if they advance.
- The podcast ended with another detour towards the Celtics and Bulls with Arteaga saying Derrick Rose should definitely be the MVP. Martinez didn't say anything, but there's a good chance he disagreed.
This podcast was inspired by E.J. Fischer.