The Knicks were swept in the first round.
The Heat defeated soundly in six games.
For the former, there is maybe some question of needing time for Melo and Amare to gel. As for the Big Three, they've had all season. Not to mention their time together on Team USA. I'm not sure what more we can expect from the Heat.
They'll need some luck, for sure. But didn't they get it this year? After an uninspired performance against the Sixers, they steamrolled through an old, injury-riddled Boston Celtics team whose best player, Rondo, was playing essentially one-armed.
It's almost like the media forgot that the Mavericks lost their second best player, Caron Butler, back in January, a blow that put the Mavericks in one of the worst slumps in franchise history. Then in the beginning of the Miami series they lose their only legit back-up center, Brendon Haywood.
Dirk dislocated his finger. Then he got a sinus infection and had to play through a 102 degree fever.
I mean...will there ever be an easier path to an NBA Championship?
With the lockout looming, it's nice to know Dwight Howard will have these Super Team flops to think on. Not to mention Dirk's success, the lone star in Dallas (no pun intended) winning a championship for his city. Dallas is Dirk's town, now and forever. Legend status: forged in iron.
Howard could have this and he knows it. He has a lot to think about this offseason.