Saturday, January 21, 2012

HEATcast: Everything You Need To Know About the NBA After One Month

Bloggers from the Miami Heat Index, and the Section 357 Show reviewed their pre-season predictions as the first month of the season reaches its end.

Podcast Details
Podcasters: Miami Heat Index, Alfredo Arteaga and Big Shot Ron
Recorded: January 20, 2012 at 7:02 PM ET
Duration: 1:22:18
How to Listen: Play the audio embedded below, download the MP3 or subscribe via iTunes

What We Got Right
Biggest Pre-Season Improvements: Udonis Haslem’s health; Addition of Chris Paul to the Clippers

Biggest Questions: Rip Hamilton’s flow in the offense and the health of Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer were the questions predicted but Derrick Rose’s turf toe is the bigger question in reality

Christmas Day Games: MHI got them all right. Are the Celtics done? Do the Warriors need to choose between Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis? If so, then who?

All-Star Predictions: East & West Starters at PG, SG & SF - Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.

What We Got Wrong
Biggest Pre-Season Improvements: Norris Cole, Carlos Boozer

Schedule Predictions: HEAT would take a 10-game winning streak into the Clippers game.

All-Star Predictions: East & West Starters at PF & C. What's wrong with Amare StoudemireWho's the better PF: Blake Griffin or Dirk Nowitzki? If the Wizards play like an AND1 Mixtape Team, then why isn't John Wall in the top 50 for dunks this season like a predicted winner of the Dunk Contest should be?

What Surprised Us
Sleepers: The Utah Jazz look like a playoff team now, but will that be the case in April?

Rookie of the Year: Kyrie Irving is the early favorite, but will Ricky Rubio have something to say about who wins?

Biggest Question: Kobe Bryant’s 40-point games. The Over/Under is 12. What’chu got?

Marquee Matchup: Derrick Rose’s domination of Chris Paul solidified him as the best PG in the NBA.

What to Expect Next
Trade Predictions: Andrew Bynum, Kevin Martin, Monta Ellis and Rudy Gay will be traded during the season; Deron Williams and Dwight Howard's teams will get killed in free agency.

Winners: HEAT and Bulls will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals again, but the Mavs are no longer title contenders, so who will the Thunder face in the Western Conference Finals?

Losers: The Hornets and Pistons are the worst teams in the league.

Pretenders: Aflredo predicted the Knicks' shitty performance will get Mike D’Antoni fired, Big Shot Ron predicted Vinny Del Negro will be replaced by Larry Brown before the season is over and MHI predicted Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith could be fired any day now.

Sleepers: Alfredo predicted Portland will surprise teams with a deep playoff run. DISCLAIMER: He may be blinded by his love for LaMarcus Aldridge)

Finals: HEAT beat the Thunder in Game 6 at the AAA.

This podcast was inspired by E.J. Fischer.

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