The Miami Heat and the New York Knicks have easily been the center of all NBA talks the past two years because of the new trend they have started known as “super teams”. The Boston Celtics took three veteran all-stars that have never won a championship and dominated the Eastern Conference from 2007-2010 with that union, which produce one championship. The Celtics domination inspired LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh to unite in the summer of 2010 in Miami. Seeing how the Miami Heat formed inspired Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire to unite in the mecca of basketball; New York. After just an half season Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony carried the Knicks to the playoffs to soon lose 4 games in a row to the Boston Celtics. In the off-season before the 2011-2012 season the Knicks acquired Tyson Chandler to develop what looked to be on paper the best front court in the NBA.
Both the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks overlooked the key reason the Boston Celtics were able to dominate; depth, the Celtics had a “Big Three” Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett but they also had reliable role players. The Celtics had a rising star in Rajon Rondo at point guard, a dominate center in Kendrick Perkins, and a great bench. In order to acquire LeBron James and Chris Bosh the Heat gave up a great deal of role players to gain more cap space. What Miami gave up to sign Bosh and James is nothing compared to what the Knicks gave up solely to sign Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks have gained depth with the recent signing of J.R. Smith, along with the 2010 draft pick Landry Fields, the 2011 draft pick Iman Shaumpert, and the surprising impact from Jeremy Lin.
Coaching has been a question for both the Heat and the Knicks. Sometimes by watching the Miami Heat you may get the idea that the team is in control. While Mike D’antoni was coaching the New York Knicks the offense seem to be in out of place and the defense was nonexistent. When Mike Woodson took over as head coach for the Knicks the offense was more fluent and ran through Carmelo Anthony; as it should, the defense became the third best in the league, and they started looking like a threat to upset the predicted Eastern Conference Finals match-up of the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls.
Since the All-Star break there has been a three team race in the Eastern Conference between the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics, and the New York Knicks. The Miami Heat have a 13-10 record since the All-Star break and are just 16-13 on the road for the entire season. The NBA “experts” are all saying the Miami Heat are just coasting through the rest of the regular season until the playoffs. I do not believe that is the case, I think the Heat’s weaknesses have been exposed and magnified. There lack of a bench and size has really hurt them as of late. If the playoffs were to begin right now the Heat and Knicks would match-up in the first round and I would predict a 6 or 7 game series depending on if Miami can still one in New York. If Miami can get a win in New York I have Miami winning in 6 but if they cannot I have New York winning in 7. Since Mike Woodson has taken over the Knicks head coach position they have been 9-0 at home.