Thursday, April 5, 2012

HEATcast: Critical Success Factors for the Last Month of the Season

Alfredo Arteaga from joined the Miami Heat Index to discuss the biggest things for Miami HEAT fans to watch in the last month of the season as well as what to expect from the HEAT and NBA television coverage in the playoffs.

Podcasters: Miami Heat Index and  Alfredo Arteaga
Recorded: April 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM ET
Duration: 1:03:04
How to Listen: Play the audio embedded below, download the mp3 or subscribe to iTunes

Critical Success Factors for the Last Month of the Season

  • Offense: What's the verdict on “Pace-and-Space” after three months? 
  • Point Guard: Regular season PG problems won’t be post-season PG problems.
  • Three Kings: Reality check - Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are not Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Is Chris Bosh good enough for the HEAT to win a title? Podcasters also explain why LeBron probably won’t win MVP.
  • Center: Is Turiaf's new role in the rotation an indictment of Joel Anthony, Bosh, Pat Riley’s offseason moves or some combination of the three? The Warden’s play did decline a little in the month of March.
  • Coaching: Are Erik Spoelstra’s rotations responsible for the team’s lack of energy, effort and attention to detail?
  • Playoff positioning: Will the road to the playoffs be 76ers, Hawks, Bulls/Celtics and Thunder (MHI’s picks) or Knicks, Hawks, Bulls/Pacers and Spurs (Alfredo’s picks)? See the East Fanalyst Rankings for more about how the teams stack up in the playoff race.

Post-season TV Coverage

The podcasters followed up the Sexism & Sports Blogging HEATcast with a discussion of Females in Sports Broadcasting...
  • Should the HEAT and SunSports hire a former player from the Miami Sol as a TV analyst?
  • Who are the best female hoops analysts in television?
  • Hannah Storm could solve the NBA on ESPN studio show’s problems if she wasn’t a dedicated mother. Since the show will suck without her, the podcast ended with a brief discussion of hopes for Sun Sports coverage during the Finals.

This podcast was inspired by E.J. Fischer.

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