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Miami Heat fans should start rooting for the New York Knicks – Series likely over


 

Stick a fork in em’ – the Chicago Bulls are done.

We would probably be witnessing a sweep if it wasn’t for a rusty Miami Heat team in Game 1 (after sweeping the hero-ballin Bucks the Heat had to wait 10 days before playing the Bulls). Bulls put up a good fight (literally, thanks to NAZR MOHAMMED) but they don’t have the talent or the depth to challenge the Miami Heat. No former MVP Derrick Rose either (and from the look of things, too scared to come back).

It’s time to look ahead to the Eastern Conference Finals.

I’m pulling for the New York Knicks to win their series against the Indiana Pacers. The Knicks hoisted over 28 three pointers per game this season (a NBA Record) and everyone knows the old saying: “You live by the three, you die by the three.” The Knicks stunned the Heat in the season opener this year, and won the regular season series 3-1 — however the Knicks seem to be stumbling down the stretch while the Miami Heat have kicked it into gear.

And let’s not forget about last year when Miami faced the New York in the postseason; the Heat took care of them in only five games. Jeremy Lin, Mr. Linsanity himself, decided to shut it down for the year due to an injury (Lin struggled in an earlier meeting with the Heat going 1-of-11 and committing eight turnovers) and Amare Stoudemire punched a glass-cased fire extinguisher and injured his hand, effectively taking him out of the series.

The Pacers gave the Heat a little trouble last year and are equipped with tough defense, size, and speed nearly at every position. If the Pacers do take the series, the Heat will still advance to the Finals — they are simply too talented.

With the injury bug affecting most teams this year, the Heat will have a legitimate chance of repeating. No Kobe Bryant, David Lee, or Russel Westbrook out West and the San Antonio Spurs are too old. The Memphis Grizzlies do have size and play a physical brand of basketball, but there is no guarantee they will make it to the NBA Finals.

 

Eric N. Ellington covers the Miami Heat for Fansided.com. You can follow him @EricNEllington

 

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