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Patience Pays Off for Lakers’ Front Office Duo

So what do I do when I have nothing to write about?

I write about what I know best – the Lakers.

So I was thinking yesterday about the Lakers and how the team added Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Antawn Jamison this offseason.

When you think about this, and you wind back the clock three, four, five months and you really think about this, you wonder – How the f*** did this happen?

Lakers executive Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchack just don’t get enough credit for saving a declining Lakers team/era.

It starts and ends with Andrew Bynum.

From the day he drafted him, Jim Buss supported Andrew Bynum like no one else did. He believed the young kid could blossom into a superstar, and the Lakers next franchise player.

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The first time Mitch Kupchack has smiled in a few years…

In 2007, a struggling Lakers team was fighting to just make the playoffs. The deal was available – a package centered on Andrew Bynum for All-Star Jason Kidd. Many Lakers fans, and even Kobe Bryant, wanted the team’s management to pull the trigger on the deal. Jim Buss couldn’t do it. He couldn’t part ways with the 19-year-old center and his vast potential.

Then came the summer of chaos in 2007.

Kobe Bryant, frustrated with the Lakers front office for not making the Kidd deal, requested to be traded. He then trashed Bynum in a viral video that went public.

The Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves began talking about trading Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom for Kevin Garnett, but the T-Wolves wanted more.

With their franchise in disarray and their superstar player unsatisfied, it would have been easy for Kupchack and Buss to cave.

They didn’t. They held firm, and did so again, with the Jason Kidd offer remaining on the table. So the Lakers moved on from the summer without making any significant moves.

In 2008, Bynum started showing the talent that Buss always believed he had. But when Bynum went down with a knee injury, Kupchack made the Gasol trade and the Lakers went on to make three NBA Finals and win two championships.

Eventually the team’s championship window closed, and Buss and Kupchack returned to work.

In February 2011, the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes were on. The offer was on the table – Andrew Bynum for Carmelo Anthony, with other minor players involved.

Anthony, an impending free agent, was willing to sign an extension with the Lakers. Bynum was coming off two knee surgeries in the last three season, and concerns that he was “injury-prone” were rampant at the time. Also, the team had a better record without him, 18-7, than with him, 18-9, that season.

The Lakers front office didn’t budge, in large part because Jim Buss strong support of Bynum.

Months later, after the team was coming off an embarrassing sweep to the Dallas Mavericks, the debate raged – should the Lakers give their core another chance or should they make a major move?

In December 2011, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchack decided on the latter and traded for Chris Paul in a deal involving Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, leaving the Lakers.

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So David Stern allows the heavily lopsided Gasol trade, rejects the fair CP3 trade, and allows the lopsided Dwight trade?

What happened next was out of their control – David Stern rejecting the trade. Reigning Sixth Man of the Year, Lamar Odom, then asked to be traded, and Mitch Kupchack granted his wish.

Lakers fans everywhere were upset that Kupchack actually traded Odom, and more importantly got “nothing” in return for him. Even Bryant said he didn’t like the move.

They didn’t get “nothing” though. They received a first round pick and a $8.9 million trade exception, which would come in handy later.

After another second round exit in the 2012 playoffs, the Lakers definitely needed help. With Gasol’s consecutive second-round disappearing acts, he was the player most likely to be traded. So the trade offers came in – Kevin Martin and Luis Scola from Houston, Josh Smith from Atlanta, and other potential draft day trades.

The Lakers were a desparate team, but Kupchack and Buss were a patient duo. They wanted the right move, not just any move to please a frustrated fan base.

That patience paid dividends as the Lakers completed a sign-and-trade for two-time MVP Steve Nash in July, a move only possible with the Odom trade exception.

Then a month later, Jim Buss finally gave up Andrew Bynum, and Mitch Kupchack delivered the Dwight Howard trade.

Buss waited on Bynum as he developed from a 17-year-old project into the NBA’s second best center and then traded him for the league’s best center. Buss, the rich kid who supposedly lived off his father’s reputation, showed that he’s more than capable of managing the franchise.

To most Lakers fans, Buss and Kupchack will be remembered as the duo who brought Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to LA.

Instead though they should be remembered for all the moves they didn’t make.

Imagine the Lakers having Jason Kidd now? Or Kevin Garnett? Or even Carmelo?

Or they could have Steve Nash AND Dwight Howard now?

And that’s why every Lakers fan should send Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchack a card plus chocolates this Christmas.

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12 NBA Players And How They Got Their Nicknames

“Dr. J”, “The Black Mamba” and “Magic”, these are some of the most famous nicknames in NBA, and sports, history. But what’s sometimes overlooked is the story behind the nickname. Here are 12 NBA players, current and former, and the stories behind how their nicknames came to be.

Kevin Garnett – “The Big Ticket” 

Back in his early days, Garnett played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who were horrible back then. It didn’t stop him from putting on a show though. People began calling Garnett “The Big Ticket” because he was the only reason people filled the arena every night. The young stud was the hottest ticket in town, and everyone came out to see him.

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From his smile to his vision, everything about him was “Magic”.

Earvin Johnson Jr. – “Magic”

In a basketball game as a 15-year-old star for Everett High School, Johnson notched a monstrous triple double: 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 16 assists. After watching the game, a local sportswriter called him “Magic”. The name stuck and the rest was history.

Paul Pierce – “The Truth”

In a 2001 Celtics’ loss, 112-107, to the Lakers, Paul Pierce scored 42 points on a scorching 13 for 19 shooting. After the game, Shaquille O’Neal pulled a Boston reporter over and pointed to his notepad.

“Take this down,” said O’Neal. “My name is Shaquille O’Neal and Paul Pierce is the m***********g truth. Quote me on that and don’t take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn’t know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is the truth.”

Karl Malone – “The Mailman”

The former Utah Jazz star and Hall of Famer, earned the nickname “The Mailman” for his ability to always deliver in the clutch.

Allen Iverson – “The Answer”

With his ‘Too-cool-for-Skool’ personality and off-the-court issues in high school, his friends in high school called him “The Answer” because he was just that to basketball’s conformity, which was the image of a family-friendly environment. Iverson’s first and only tattoo he had coming into the NBA was a tattoo of a bulldog with the writing, “The Answer”, above it. The nickname later transformed into much more. Iverson was the number one pick for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996. As a rookie, he averaged 23.5 points en route to winning rookie of the year. He would later go onto win the MVP, four scoring titles, and lead the Sixers to the NBA Finals. In short he was “The Answer” to all the Sixers’ questions: When would the team be good again? When would they have another superstar? When would the team reach the Finals again?

Vince Carter – “Half Man, Half Amazing”

Aside from “Vinsanity”, Vince Carter earned another nickname. In the 2000 Olympics, Carter jumped over a 7’2’’ French player on a dunk. He didn’t do it in a dunk contest, he did it in an actual game which truly was half man, half amazing.

Amare Stoudemire – “STAT”

On first thought it would seem like Stoudemire got this nickname for filling up the stat sheet. Instead, STAT means “Standing Tall and Talented.” Real cool stuff, Amare… He actually does think that apparently because he got a tattoo that says “STAT”. Where this nickname came from remains unclear, but it was probably Stoudemire himself.

Glen Davis – “Big Baby”

Glen Davis was 5’6’’, 160 pounds at age nine and playing in the peewee leagues. He was too big for kids his age though, so he had to play with the older kids. While playing with them, Davis would pout and whine about some calls, so they called him a “Big Baby.” Whether he’s nine or twenty-two, Davis still knows how to cry on the court. In a 2008 Celtics game, he was caught crying on the bench after Kevin Garnett yelled at him.

Julius Erving – “Dr. J”

While playing pickup games as a kid, Erving was given the nickname “The Doctor” by a friend because of the way he could slice through defenses to the rim and ‘operate’ on his opponents playing basketball. The nickname was later shortened to Dr. J.

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I’m not sure what Barkley is more known for: his game or his role as a TNT analyst? He’s one of the best, either way.

Charles Barkley – “The Round Mound of Rebound” 

Out of all the nicknames on this list, this one may be the most fitting. Listed at 6’6’’, but measured slightly under 6’5’’, Barkley was the shortest player ever to lead the league in rebounds. He averaged 11.7 rebounds per game over his career. A large factor for his success was his dominating physical presence due to his 252-pound frame. Hence the nickname, “The Round Mound of Rebound.”

Kobe Bryant – “The Black Mamba”

Kobe Bryant actually gave himself his own nickname. Lame? Kind of, but it’s a pretty cool nickname. The Mamba is the world’s second largest venomous snake. It’s also the fastest land snake in the world and can become very long. (avg. length 8 ft)

As Bryant once told the LA Times, “The Mamba can strike with 99 percent accuracy at maximum speed, in rapid succession. That’s the kind of basketball precision I want to have.”

Dwayne Wade – “Flash”

In 2004, Shaquille O’Neal aka “Superman” joined the Miami Heat after being traded from the Lakers. He determined his teammate and star-in-the-making, Dwayne Wade, needed a great sidekick name. Impressed by Wade’s speed, he called him “Flash”, after the superhero.

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Predicting Where The Top 12 NBA Free Agents Will Go

Image1. Deron Williams – Unrestricted

D-Will has narrowed it down to the Nets and the Mavs. The Nets can offer Williams 5 years, $100 million while the Mavs can only offer 4 years, $74 million. Both Brooklyn and Dallas have owners committed to winning. Brooklyn has the market and the new stadium to entice Williams but Dallas has Dirk Nowitzki and a team only one year removed from winning a championship. At the end of the day though, the 28-year-old point guard may not be able to resist the pull of $26 million more and should return to the Nets.

2. Tim Duncan – Unrestricted

This is an easy one. Duncan says he’s a “Spur for life” and San Antonio wants to bring him back. So he’ll finish out his career as a Spur.

3. Steve Nash – Unrestricted

The Suns, Knicks, and Raptors will be Nash’s top suitors this offseason. Though the Raptors can offer Nash the pull of his Canadian homeland, they can’t offer him a contender. At age 38, Nash’s best chance to win a championship may be teaming up with Carmelo and Stoudemire, which would land him in New York. Though if D-Will does resign with the Nets, Dallas may end up making a strong push for Nash.

4. Eric Gordon – Restricted

Gordon will garner interest from many teams: Indiana, Houston, Phoenix, New Jersey (if D-Will leaves), and Dallas (if D-Will doesn’t come). Still New Orleans has the rights to match any offer Gordon gets. Gordon was the centerpiece in the Chris Paul trade and though the Hornets drafted Austin Rivers, who plays the same position, it is unlikely they would let Gordon walk for nothing. He’ll probably be a Hornet for years to come.

5. Roy Hibbert – Restricted

With free agency not even 24 hours old, Hibbert has already been offered a max contract for 4 years, $58 million from Portland. If Hibbert signs the Blazers offer sheet, the heat will be on the Pacers, who will have three days to match that offer. It would be hard to see the Pacers, a team on the rise, let Hibbert leave for nothing after drafting him in 2008. They’ll pay up and the 25-year-old big man will be back in Indiana next year.

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6. Brook Lopez – Restricted

Now that Howard has requested a trade to the Nets, the pressure is on the team to pull it off. It would have to involve a sign-and-trade with Lopez as the centerpiece for it to work. If Howard comes to Brooklyn next season, Lopez would head down to Orlando.

7. Goran Dragic – Unrestricted

Steve Nash’s understudy proved he could play last season when he filled in for Kyle Lowry and averaged 18 ppg and 8.4 apg. He’s due for a payday. He should return to the Rockets even though the Suns, Hornets, and Mavs will pursue him.

8. O.J. Mayo – Unrestricted 

Mayo has been a polarizing figure. The talent is there but so are the character issues. Those issues have assured Memphis won’t resign Mayo. Brooklyn, Boston, who tried to acquire him at the trade deadline, and Indiana are some of the interested teams. With Allen likely going to Miami, Boston will go after Mayo, but it seems like a desperate Nets team looking to build a contender will overpay him. Mayo should be in a Nets jersey next year.

9. Jameer Nelson – Unrestricted 

Nelson opted out of the final year with the Magic to join a point guard-heavy free agent class. Many teams are interested in point guards but at the end of the day, Nelson should resign with the Magic. However if teams like Dallas or Portland miss out on big free agents like D-Will, Steve Nash, or Roy Hibbert, don’t be surprised to see them go after Nelson with an offer he may not be able to resist.

10. Chauncey Billups – Unrestricted 

Billups is a winner period and brings intangibles that a stat sheet can’t quantify. The Clippers, Bulls, 76ers, and Rockets all have interest in Billups. His decision may be the most unpredictable of all the free agents. Taking a good guess, Billups joins the Bulls next year hoping to win another ring along side D-Rose.

Image11. Jason Kidd – Unrestricted 

Kidd has expressed a strong interest in backing up Deron Williams next year. So he will likely follow Williams to either the Nets or the Mavs.

12. Ray Allen – Unrestricted

Miami, Memphis, and Boston are all pursuing Allen. Miami can only offer 2 years, $6 million and Memphis can offer 2 years, $10 million. Boston can make the biggest offer at 2 years, $12 million. But money should take a backdrop to winning for the 36-year-old free agent. Allen will be taking his talents to South Beach next season.

Other Notable Free agents: Andre Miller – Unrestricted, Chris Kaman – Unrestricted, Jeremy Lin – Restricted, Jamal Crawford – Unrestricted, and Brandon Roy – Unrestricted.

Note: Kevin Garnett and Gerald Wallace were scratched from this list because both have already signed with teams. Garnett is returning to the Celtics for 3 years, $34 million. Wallace has resigned with the Nets for 4 years, $40 million.

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Down 2-1, Celtics Still Have Upper Hand on Heat

Quietly the murmurs stirred from Boston. Contrary to what many believed, the Boston Celtics wanted to play the Miami Heat.

Not just in Game 1, or Game 2, or even in Game 3, but from the get go. When the seeding for the NBA playoffs became official, the Celtics seemed determined to have another showdown with the Heat.

The bitterness of being dismantled by Miami in last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals, 4-1, never quite left their taste buds.

When last season’s MVP, Derrick Rose, went down for the Chicago Bulls in their first playoff game, the road to Miami became more reality than fantasy.

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Chris Bosh, the routinely overshadowed member of the Big Three, has been sorely missed by Miami

The chips continued to play in the Celtics’ favor as the Philadelphia 76ers advanced, ensuring Boston would have home court advantage again.

Then the biggest chip of all fell their way: Chris Bosh, Miami’s only consistent offensive big man, got injured. He hasn’t returned to the court in over two weeks, and will miss game four, if not more games.

Boston, though down 2-1 in the series, has Miami right where they want them.

Rajon Rondo has developed his game beyond being just a playmaker. He has become the scorer the Celtics have needed, averaging 27 points per game in the series.

At age 36, a rejuvenated Kevin Garnett is playing his best basketball since his days in Minnesota. He is tied for the most double-doubles in the playoffs, with who else but Rondo.

Miami has no answer for these two superstars.

When James switches to guard Rondo, it leaves an undersized Miami team vulnerable to offensive rebounds and Garnett more room to operate.

Even with James helping in the paint, no one on Miami beside Bosh has the length to stop Garnett’s tear.

Yet Garnett is chipping in much more than 20 points and 10 rebounds a game in the playoffs for Boston.

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Some people dissapprove of Kevin Garnett’s “bully-like” demeanor on the court, but it’s just what his team needs to beat Miami

His renewed grit and toughness are the motor behind the Celtics’ playoff run. His desire to bully his opponents on the court, gives Boston the confidence and swagger it needs to beat Miami.

Thru three games so far, the Celtics have never acted like underdogs. Neither have they acknowledged it. They have gone nose to nose with the Heat.

At the end of game 2, Rondo was seen jeering at Lebron James as he defended the three-time MVP on his attempted game winning shot as regulation ended.

James missed. Even though he shook Rondo on defense to get the open look, he couldn’t shake him out of his head.

Though Boston lost that game, and are down 2-1 in the series, they know they could just as easily be up 2-1. The Celtics took game three behind ‘desperation basketball’ but they won’t need that heading into game four tomorrow.

Instead they’ll be playing their typical ‘bully basketball.’

Boston knows they have their superstars, in Rondo and Garnett, clicking at the right time. They know they have their raucous home crowd behind them.

Even more, they know all the chips are on their side of the table, and it’s their turn to roll the dice.

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12 NBA Players And How They Chose Their Jersey Number

6 8 23 9 37 0 7 3 85 45…To me and you, these are just numbers. To athletes, one of these numbers might just be their jersey number, and that “number” is never just a number.

How do athletes pick this “number”? For many, it means more than just their birthday, or their favorite month, their number holds a special meaning to them.

Here are some NBA players, and why they picked their jersey number: 

Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards (‘03 –‘10), #0

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Gilbert Arenas, also known as “Agent Zero”, wore his jersey number like a chip on his shoulder.

At the University of Arizona, Arenas wasn’t able to pick number 25, his high school number, because it was retired. So to prove his doubters wrong, Arenas’ picked number zero and it was his number until he left Washington.

“Zero is the number of minutes people predicted I would play my freshman year at Arizona,” said Arenas…“I decided to go with it because I love proving people wrong.”

Arenas’ averaged 32.1 minutes per game as a freshman at Arizona.

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, #0

Westbrook on why he wears number zero,

You go with the zero when you’ve been through something and you are looking to get a new beginning. It helps you get going again. It helps you get the swag back.”

In high school, Westbrook’s only offer from a top tier school was UCLA. Aside from that, his main offers were from Creighton, San Diego, and Kent State. Westbrook never forgot that disrespect, eventually taking UCLA and the NBA by storm.

Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, #3

Chris Paul wears the number three because his dad and his brother, who have the same initials CP, were CP1 and CP2, so he wanted to be CP3.

Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat, #3

Wade, who is deeply Christian, chose number three because the Trinity, a principle of Christianity, has three parts.

Lebron James, Miami Heat, #6

Lebron James took No. 6 in honor of Julius Erving.

James on why he chose the number six,

“My second-favorite player was Julius Erving, and he wore No. 6,” James said. “I wore 32 in high school because Dr. J wore it at first. My first child was born on Oct. 6, it’s my Olympic number, and my second child was born in June.”

While in Cleveland, James wore number 23 because of his favorite player, Michael Jordan. Here’s why he switched,

“I feel like no NBA player should wear 23. I’m starting a petition, and I’ve got to get everyone in the NBA to sign it. Now, if I’m not going to wear No. 23, then nobody else should be able to wear it.”

*Note to Lebron James: Just because you’re not going to do something, it doesn’t mean everybody else shouldn’t do it either. I mean if that were true, then nobody would have any NBA Championships.

Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic, #12

Howard chose the number 12 as a reversal of his idol Kevin Garnett, who wore 21 during the prime of his career in Minnesota. It must have been tough for Howard to get punched by his idol though.

Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz, #20 Hayward chose the number 20 in part because of Manu Ginobili, who wears the same number. Hayward on his idol,

“He’s one of those guys I looked up to when I was growing up,” Hayward said…  “I tried to emulate some of the stuff that he did and put it into my game because he’s a great player.”

Shawn Marion, Phoenix Suns (’99 –’08), #31

Marion grew up as a fan of the Reggie Miller, and chose his number because of him. It’s ironic how Marion, who has one of the worst shooting strokes in the NBA, looked up to Reggie Miller, who has one of the best shooting strokes in league history.

Danny Granger, Indiana Pacers, #33

Here’s what Granger tweeted on why he wears number 33,

“It’s because when I was 9 or so Scottie Pippen reached up and touched my hand at a bulls game. Been #33 since.”

Ron Artest, Los Angeles Lakers (’09 –’10), #37

While wearing #37, Artest helped the Lakers to the NBA Title in his first season with the team.

Artest chose number 37 to honor Michael Jackson whose album, “Thriller”, spent 37 weeks atop the pop charts.

Derek Fisher, Oklahoma City Thunder, #37

Derek Fisher on his number switch, from #2 with the Lakers to #37 with the Thunder,

“(My age) seemed to be a negative thing for so long, especially this season. It was a negative thing I was 37….I figured since everybody likes to throw my age around in negative conversations, I’d just go put it out there and let everybody know from the beginning, I am 37, but I think I can do some great things to help this team,” Fisher said.

Throwback Edition: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, #23

Jordan idolized his older brother, Larry, who wore number 45. But when Jordan got to high school, his brother had already taken number 45. So he halved it to 22.5 and rounded up to 23.

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Celtics-Heat Preview: What to Watch For

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The Celtics and the Heat, the past two Eastern Conference champions, will face each other in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Rajon Rondo defied logic in the final minutes of Boston’s 85-75 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday which earned them a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals. Rondo, well known as perhaps the league’s worst-shooting point guard (He shot 23% from three and 60% from the line this season; for a point of reference, Sacramento’s sweet shooting Chuck Hayes is a career 61% foul shooter), had been struggling with inconsistent focus the entire game, but up 3 with 2:10 left, Rondo swished through a three-pointer from a good two feet behind the line to seal the deal for the Celtics.

Now heading into a series with the Miami Heat, a team featuring the two hottest players this postseason in Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, Rondo and the Celtics may need some more of that magic in what could be the aging squad’s final shot at another title. But from the Heat’s side, Boston is no pushover themselves, with a rejuvenated Kevin Garnett leading the way. Here are a few key topics that could decide who will represent the East in the NBA Finals.

1. Dealing with injuries

The Heat are prepared to play this series without the help of power forward Chris Bosh, who is out indefinitely with a strained abdominal muscle. His absence clearly complicates things for Miami, particularly on defense.

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Chri Bosh’s injury could set up Kevin Garnett for a monster series.

Garnett has been playing like a man possessed this postseason and is putting up numbers reminiscent of his T-Wolves years, averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds. So with Bosh out, Miami has to decide who to guard KG.

One option is shifting LeBron to Power Forward, as they initially did when Bosh went down. James, however, claimed banging in the post was too heavy a workload for him. Having James, arguably the league’s best perimeter defender, on Garnett would also leave the task of guarding Paul Pierce up to a weaker defender. Ultimately, Miami will likely keep LeBron on Pierce and hope Joel Anthony, Udonis Haslem, and Ronny Turiaf can keep KG in check.

Boston has an injury problem of their own which, while not as major a concern as Miami’s, coud still have an impact on the series. Avery Bradley, the Celtic’s top perimeter defender who would likely have guarded Wade, will miss the remainder of the postseason after having surgery on his shoulder.

Ray Allen will have to pick up Bradley’s duties, and while Allen did a decent defensive job against Philadelphia, the Heat have a much more potent offense than the 76ers.

2. Star power

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After scoring 41 points on 68% shooting to close out the Pacers, Dwyane Wade is entering the series against the Celtics red hot.

The Big 3 vs. The Heatles. The Boston 3 Party vs. The Miami Thrice. The 3 Amigos vs. The Super Friends. This series will have about as much star power and terrible nicknames as is possible.

While the Celtics’ “Big Three” get the title, Rondo has really become the team’s top player, especially in the playoffs where he has 9 career triple-doubles. His performance to close out the Philadelphia series (7 straight points in the last four minutes) exemplifies how much of an impact he can make.

Even with Bosh’s return questionable, the tandem of James and Wade quite possibly trumps all four of the top Celtics combined. Even with his 2-13, 5 point dud in game 3, Wade still managed to average 26 points a game throughout the series with the Pacers. James, meanwhile, managed to top that averaging 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

3. Defense wins championships

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KG and the Celtics face an uphill battle if they hope to relive their 2008 glory.

Despite the offensive skill and marquee names on both teams, don’t expect many high scoring games. The Celtics and Heat are numbers 1 and 2 respectively in the points allowed category during the playoffs, both giving up less than 86 points a game. This series won’t be won by who scores the most points, but by who gives up the least.

Prediction: Miami in 6.

Wade and James are just too athletic for the older Celtics to keep up with and are coming into the series on such a hot streak that they’ll be tough to stop. The Celtics’ defense and experience will give them a chance though. As Kevin Garnett said, “Anything is possible.”

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