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Can Indiana Pacers beat and take out the scorching hot Miami Heat? That’s the biggest question roaming around online basketball polls, magazines and even at fantasy basketball websites. For many, it seems like Miami Heat is too tough, talented and strong to beat. Looking at how LeBron James plays this season along side with the marvelous support of Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers, it seems like beating this complete team is a tough call.
Clearly, Indiana Pacers is the underdog at this match up. They might look a bit weak compared to the line up of Miami but they won’t go this far if they are not skilled and competitive enough. Indiana Pacers will surely get enough strength and skills from Paul George, Roy Hibbert, George Hill, David West and their ever energetic guy Lance Stephenson. For sure they will give Miami Heat a tough fight and they won’t surely give up until the last buzzer sounds.
If you are following the NBA, you surely saw the last time Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers faced each other. It didn’t go up easy or soft. There are lots of technical and flagrant fouls called around and that history makes this duel a more exciting basketball match to watch.
To answer my own question, for sure Indiana can beat and take out the most favored Miami. They can definitely do it by intelligently matching up (and taking the best of) the intensity of Heat’s offense and defense at both ends of the court, at 4 full quarters of basketball action. Tough call for sure but its doable.
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Selecting the National Basketball Association’s top five players is a matter of general consensus; the players are chosen by NBA analysts, sportswriters and experts alike, yet the bickering continues concerning which players deserve to stand the tallest at the top of the hoopster’s throne.
Arguably the best all-around player in the history of the game, Jordan’s 15-year career included averaging over 30 PPG (1st) while helping the Chicago Bulls win six NBA championships. The 10-time scoring leader also amassed 32,292 points, which is currently 3rd on the all-time list. Voted the league’s MVP a total of five times, Jordan ran circles around his opponents. He stepped away from the game after winning three consecutive titles from 1990-93 to play professional baseball for the Chicago White Sox organisation. After returning to the Bulls in 1995, he won three more consecutive titles.
Formerly known as Lew Alcindor, Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time scoring leader with 38,387 points. After spending 20 seasons in the NBA, he accumulated a half-dozen championship rings and MVP titles to match. His patented sky-hook became virtually untouchable, even against the league’s toughest defenders. Also an 18 time all-star, Kareem averaged over 24 PPG in his time spent with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers combined. Inducted into the NBA Hall of fame in 1995, Abdul-Jabbar is a living legend whose bronze statue stands in front of the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
William Felton Russell led the Boston Celtics to 11 championships in 13 NBA seasons; no other player has been able to match this achievement. One of the smallest centres to play the game professionally, his 206 cm stature paled in comparison to the big men of the era. Between 1956 and 1969 his athleticism helped the Celts to win eight titles in a row, a record that may stay in the books for years to come. Not exactly known for his prolific scoring abilities (15.5 PPG), Russell’s defensive prowess earned him a spot in the top five, averaging over 22 rebounds per game.
The only player in the history of the league to score 100 points in a single game, Wilt the Stilt averaged 30 points while grabbing 20 rebounds per game for nine seasons. During the 1961-62 season he averaged 50 PPG for the Philadelphia Warriors, which still stands as an all-time record. Chamberlain also played on the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers team that won 33 straight games, a record that is still in place. He also holds the all-time record for collective career rebounds with 23,924, as well as a dozen other basketball-related accolades. He currently holds the # 5 position on the coveted NBA all-time scoring list with 31, 419 points.
Earvin Magic Johnson is known for giving the NBA a shot in the arm while helping his Showtime Los Angeles Lakers win five championships during the 1980s. The all-time record holder for averaging over 11 assists per game also played every position at one time or another, and with exceptional skills. His 14 seasons with the Lakers included three MVP awards as well as nine All-NBA 1st Team honors. His three finals MVP awards against the likes of Julius Erving (Dr. J), Larry Bird, and Isaiah Thomas have secured his position as one of the greatest to ever play the game.
It’s also important to note that many other NBA players who are in the game’s top 50 may qualify, depending upon the source. Three of the most notable active players are also destined to land at the top of the pile: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant.
Tom is an NBA fanatic based in Brisbane, Australia. He has been actively following and writing posts on NBA and basketball related topics for over 20 years. With this much experience, these are Tom’s top 5 players off ALL time. For local and global fan news, Tom follows www.dunk.com.au for inspiration on hot topics.
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The NBA is a league where teams can be unstoppable on their quest to becoming NBA champions. Players can take over games, and teams can go on runs that put them in positions to succeed. Some teams standout stronger than others and have already established themselves as favorites to achieve playoff success. They are the teams that are well prepared to succeed with good coaching, strong team work, and players that are game changers.
The Miami Heat are a team playing at a high level that have a chance to contend for another NBA championship. LeBron James has continued to play at his elite level, while Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade have done a wonderful job putting up points and continuing to play well. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have been strong additions with their ability to shoot three pointers.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are a dangerous team in the western conference that could have plenty of success in the playoffs. They are led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who have improved their play despite the loss of James Harden. Their high level of play, and the strong play of Kevin Martin and Serge Ibaka, puts the Thunder in a position to win games. Durant and Westbrook are both game changers that can take over a game on any given night, and that puts the Thunder in a good position to succeed.
The Memphis Grizzlies are a strong team led by Rudy Gay that have a very legitimate chance to thrive in the playoffs. Rudy Gay’s play has been exceptional, and Zach Randolph has been able to play at a high level and lead the Grizzlies to victories. You should consider getting some Memphis Grizzlies tickets, as with their impressive roster that also includes Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, they are ready to win now.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers are a young team with potential to do great. Blake Griffin is having a strong season for the Clippers, and is seeing his chemistry with Chris Paul grow. Paul has brought his teammates level of play to a higher level with his exceptional play at the point guard position. The Clippers have a lot of depth to their roster that includes Matt Barnes and Lamar Odom.
New York Knicks
The Knicks are a team that can have success with their deep roster and talented players. Carmelo Anthony has played amazing and managed to make important shots that put the Knicks in a position to win. They have the luxury of J.R. Smith having the ability to come off the bench and make key shots for them. Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler have also played at high levels, and Jason Kidd has shown he can still play good basketball.
In the NBA, teams can go on hot streaks at any point on their way to NBA championships, but there are certain teams more equipped to do so than others. The teams that are able to work together as a collective unit, along with players that take over games are the teams most primed for success. Without good coaching and team work, success will be hard to attain. Each of these teams has the coaching, team work, and game changers to put their teams in a spot where they can succeed.