Over the weekend, the Miami Heat got one of the best performances of the season out of center Greg Oden. It’s a testament to dedication that could end up with him winning an NBA championship ring just a few years after many wondered if his career was over.
The Miami Heat knocked out the Chicago Bulls Sunday afternoon at the AmericanAirlines Arena, but the focus wasn’t as much as the game as the lineup that head coach Erik Spoelstra put on the court.
Last year around the time of the Super Bowl, the Miami Heat kicked it into high gear and ran off 27 straight wins that helped launch a second straight run to the NBA championship. History may be starting to repeat itself this season.
Lost amidst the hubbub of Super Bowl weekend, the Indiana Pacers signed center Andrew Bynum. The signing put a third seven-foot, at one-time star, on the Pacers roster and continued setting the stage for an Eastern Conference playoff matchup with the Miami Heat.
Each time Miami Heat center Greg Oden steps on the court, it’s a success for him and the franchise. There are also moments like Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Celtics that tease just how good he could be if his knees cooperate.
The Miami Heat lost to the Washington Wizards Wednesday night, but the loss was not the big story coming out of the game. Instead, it was center Greg Oden, who returned to the court for the first time in four years and made an immediate impact.
The NBA champion Miami Heat have a well-known need for a big man to solidify the roster. When center Andrew Bynum was released, some media outlets linked him with Miami, but the Heat don’t appear to be looking at the former All-Star.
The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers shook up the Eastern Conference late Monday when the teams agreed to a trade sending center Andrew Bynum to the Bulls in exchange for small forward Luol Deng.
If the last two games between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are a sign of what’s coming if the two teams meet in the Eastern Conference Finals; it’s going to be one fun, but physical series.
Finding a weakness in the Miami Heat has perplexed opponents for the last two years, but the Indiana Pacers may have solved the problem by driving a 7’2”, 260 pound hole through the middle of the Heat’s defense.