Time running out for Heat squad
admin | 4/19/2012, 5:34 a.m.
The moment of truth is rapidly approaching for the Miami Heat as the 2012 NBA playoffs are just days away. After the sting and the pain of losing in last years NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks, the Heat will now embark on a mission to redeem themselves. The pressure is on like never before and there are some legitimate questions about this team as they go after that elusive championship. The main concern for Heat fans is who other than the big three of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James will step up? Who will be that guy that will rise to the occasion and help propel the big three to greatness? Every championship team always has its fair share of unsung heroes; remember the Heats only championship win? It was an MVP performance from Wade but it also took key contributions from guys like Alonzo Mourning, James Posey, Gary Payton and Antoine Walker to get the job done. Those great Bulls championship teams did not rely exclusively on Scottie Pippen or Michael Jordan, nor did the dynastic Shaq and Kobe Laker teams. If this were a game of three-on-three basketball then a Heat championship would be a shoo in. However that is not the case. We found out a year ago that it takes more than three to get the job done. That will be the key to this whole thing, if there is to indeed be a parade down Biscayne Boulevard. Guys like Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, Shane Battier and James Jones are going to have to play big. They will have to go all out on defense and have signature moments on offense as it is a long road to those 16 wins. The architect behind all of this, Coach Erik Spoelstra, must be able to assemble the right five players keep his team focused and make quick-fashion adjustments. There is a ton of pressure on this basketball team and everyone outside of South Florida, it seems, want to see them fail again. Will they rally together and take an us against the world approach to these playoffs? Im still betting these guys get it done, but it is definitely not going to be easy. Heat fans will be holding their collective breaths let the drama begin. Win or go home. By The Sports Brothers Jeff Fox and Ed FreemanListen to the Sports Brothers, Jeff Fox and Ed Freeman, on WMEN 640 Sports.