Monday, June 11, 2012

HEATcast: Everything You Need To Know About the Finals Before They Start


Before the Miami HEAT and Oklahoma City Thunder tip-off the NBA Finals, the HEATcast discussed the biggest question marks in the series and predicted who will win the coaching matchup, which players will be the best defender and reserve, the best game of the series to watch and the moment that will blow up Twitter.

Podcast Details
Podcasters: Miami Heat Index, Alfredo Arteaga from HeatFreak.com, Pheana Winfield and Big Shot Ron from The Section 357 Show
Recorded: June 11, 2012 at 8:01 PM ET
Duration: 51:37
How to Listen: Play the audio embedded below, download the mp3 or subscribe to iTunes


Companion Reading
The podcasters discussed the articles and topics listed below during the HEATcast.

Predictions

Who wins The NBA Finals?
  • MHI: HEAT in 5
  • AA: HEAT in 6
  • PW: HEAT in 7
  • RON: HEAT in 7

Who wins the Bill Russell Trophy (NBA Finals MVP)? Everyone picked LeBron James.

What's the biggest question for The Finals?

Who wins the coaching matchup?
  • MHI: Scott Brooks. Spo lost the benefit of the doubt when he panicked vs. the Pacers. Brooks will play his best players. Spo may or may not.
  • AA: Erik Spoelstra. Brooks does a terrible job as coach. His use of Kendrick Perkins is Exhibit A.
  • PW: Even. Both coaches have made bad mistakes and good adjustments.
  • RON: Erik Spoelstra. He's the Mario Chalmers of NBA coaches.

Who will be the Defensive Player of The Finals?
  • MHI: LeBron. Can he do to Kevin Durant in 2012 what he did to Derrick Rose in 2011?
  • AA: Ibaka. Brooks will end up using him exclusively at center because Perkins will be useless.
  • PW: LeBron or Thabo Sefolosha. The King will guard everybody at some point and Sefolosha can affect Wade's offense.
  • RON: LeBron. He will have to guard the NBA's scoring champ in the 4th quarter and vice versa.

Who will be the best reserve in The Finals?

What will be the best game of The Finals?
  • MHI: Game 2. HEAT may be the best counter-punching team in the NBA. 2nd half of Game 2 should be classic.
  • AA: Game 5. It should be epic, just like 2006.
  • PW: Game 3. The HEAT can come back 1-1, 0-2 or 2-0. It's the momentum-changing game.
  • RON: Game 5. That's the game where you get your 40/40 duel.

Twitter will break when...
  • MHI: Dwyane Wade dunks on Kendrick Perkins, kicks him in the face, gets in his face and gets a tech.
  • AA: Durant scores 40+ points.
  • PW: The HEAT win or lose The Finals.
  • RON: LeBron and Durant have their Game 5 duel.

This podcast was inspired by E.J. Fischer.

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