Saturday, April 30, 2011

Miami Heat Podcast: Brunch with the 76ers and Celtics

After the Heat "finished their breakfast" with the Philadephia 76ers and before lunch with the Boston Celtics,  bloggers from the Miami Heat Index, and Hot Hot Hoops spent 90 minutes recapping the Miami Heat's first round playoff series and previewing their matchup in the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the weekly Miami Heat podcast.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Heat Produced: Miami Finishes Sixers in Breakfast by the Bay

Before Game 5 against the Philadelphia 76ers, LeBron James said it was time for the Miami Heat to "finish their breakfast" and advance to the next round of the playoffs. Well, they did just that with a 97-91 win in Miami.

Let’s recap Game 5 as well as the series’ Most Valuable Player, Best Reserve, Best Coach and all of the wins produced stats.

Capitalism & Coaching: Talking NFL Draft and NBA Playoffs with Dr. David Berri

I spent an hour with sports economist Dr. David Berri discussing the NFL lockout, NFL draft, NBA playoffs and the future of online sports journalism.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Heat Produced: Chris Bosh vs. Elton Brand, A Tale of Two Cities

I promised statistical notes in the post-game podcast for Game Four that would provide some insight into why the Miami Heat lost their chance to sweep the Philadelphia 76ers and this post will attempt to do that.

The last article reported the series has been a tale of two quarters, but this article will focus on the matchup between Chris Bosh and Elton Brand because that's where Game Four was lost and their matchup has been a tale of two cities.

Heat Produced: Alpha and Omega in the City of Brotherly Love

As Couper Moorhead stated in his game recap on, the problem for the Miami Heat in Game Four was the start and the finish. The game started with a 17-2 run by the Philadelphia 76ers and ended with a 10-0 run by the Sixers that cost the Heat the game.

According to Moorhead, "Spoelstra pointed out that Miami’s slow starts are more than a trend at this point and that they must be remedied."

Let's take a look at the numbers for the Heat at the beginning and end of their games with the 76ers to identify the problems.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Miami Heat Podcast: How the Philadelphia 76ers Extended My Three-Year Curse in the Playoffs

Chris Bosh disappeared like Nightcrawler for most of Game 4
On this week's Miami Heat podcast, my wife and I discussed our trip to Game 4 of the Heat-Sixers series. Topics included our personal Heat curse, trash-talking with Sixers fans, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, complacency in the fourth quarter, lack of energy on the boards and whether the Sixers won on a lucky shot.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Heat Check: Sixth Man of the Year & Ranking the Reserves

Lamar Odom, the candy lover from the Los Angeles Lakers, won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award on Wednesday for being the league's top reserve. At the request of reader Giovanni Valladares, the production of the NBA reserves is something that's been reported on this blog a few times during the season. Now seems like a good time for a final report since the top reserve has been named.

NBA Podcast: Playoffs, Poets, Penny & Post-Season Awards

This weekend's podcast: Mosi Platt vs. Andres Alvarez

Bloggers from the Wages of Wins Network got together for their regular weekend podcast to discuss the NBA playoffs, Derrick Rose, the Dead Basketball Poets Society, Best (and Worst) Defensive Players of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year as well as the Most (and Least) Improved Players of the Year.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Official Playoff Picks for the Miami Heat Index

These picks were made Saturday morning before the playoffs began but weren't posted on this blog. Better late than never...

Stat Smackdown! « Arturo's Silly Little Stats

Miami Heat Podcast: White Hot Chris Bosh and Playoff Predictions

Bloggers from the Miami Heat Index, and Hot Hot Hoops discuss what happened Sunday in Game One of the Miami Heat's first round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers and what to expect from the Heat Monday and beyond.

Listeners can enjoy the podcast right right here (with more info after the jump) or enjoy it one of three other ways:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Heat Produced: Stumbling on Losses and Running the Table to Second Seed

The Heat Produced Page has been updated with stats from the last Heat eight games (i.e. Cleveland to Boston).

I just finished a massive stats dump and posted it on Bleacher Report in the form of a slide show. If you follow the Twitter feed, then you've already seen most of the stats.

The last slide lists some new stats from the season series with the Philadelphia 76ers. Consider that a brief playoff preview. Enjoy.

Miami Heat Produced: Stumbling on Losses and Running the Table to Second Seed | Bleacher Report

Next post: Awards!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Miami Heat Podcast: Beating Boston Celtics and Naming Nominees for the 2011 Heat Awards

The Heat was burning clovers at the American Airlines Arena

Bloggers from the Miami Heat Index and Hot Hot Hoops recapped the Miami Heat's 100-77 blowout of the Boston Celtics and also nominated their choices for the team's Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, Sixth Man of the Year and Coach of the Year.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Off the Index: Denver Nuggets Defense Is Solid but Coach of the Year Is Fools' Gold

I've been preoccupied the last two days by an issue raised during a lengthy email discussion on the Wages of Wins Network. The topic? The Denver Nuggets' defense.

Why was a Miami Heat blogger preoccupied with the Nuggets defense?