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What Did We Learn After The Heat Beat The Lakers?

Submitted by on December 27, 2010 – 10:32 am8 Comments

So, the Miami Heat ripped the Los Angeles Lakers a new one on Christmas in what was easily the most anticipated basketball game of 2010. But rather than get answers, we got a ton of questions after Miami’s 96-80 thumping of the Lakers.

What the hell is wrong with the Lakers?
Something isn’t quite right with them. The loss to Miami was bad, but not nearly as bad as Kobe and Co. getting thumped by the Milwaukee Bucks earlier in the week. The offense looks out of sync, their defense hasn’t been much better and Kobe & Pau don’t look like the dynamic duo that could wreak havoc on the league. Perhaps they have to figure it out with Bynum in the lineup. Perhaps it’s a funk. Who knows? But they’ll have to figure it out sooner than later.

Are the Miami Heat for real?
Everyone knew they’d be good, but after a dreadful start, the Heat seems to have put it all together. LeBron and Wade have figured out how to run the team while Bosh knows his role as the third fiddle. But how long will it be before teams expose their bench and weaker positions again?

Are the Heat and Lakers in the top three in the league?
Strangely enough, the Heat and the Lakers may not be amongst the top three teams in the NBA right now. The Spurs, Celtics and Mavericks are all off to better starts. The Magic don’t seem too far behind on that list, as well. All we know now is the Heat and Lakers have competitors that are fighting to make sure fans don’t get a LeBron & Wade vs. Kobe NBA Finals.

Do we learn anything when two teams face each other in the regular season?
The Lakers got rocked again on Christmas by LeBron (last year LeBron commanded the Cavs to a 102-87 victory on Christmas) and the Lakers still took home the rings. So the only thing we know about this win is absolutely nothing. A lot of hype and that’s about it, for people looking for an indicator during the Christmas game to try and figure out what kind of NBA Finals we may get.

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