MIAMI, FL - MARCH 25: Forward Chris Bosh #1, Forward LeBron James #6 and Guard Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat against the Philadelphia Sixers at American Airlines Arena on March 25, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Sixers 111-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
It took the last few days of the NBA season to determine if the Sixers would play Boston or Miami. The debate on which would be a better match-up will soon be settled.
Three large shadows have descended over the
The alternative would be the Boston Celtics, a team who is no stranger to playoff atmospheres. I have heard and read numerous reports about how well we match up with the Celtics. I completely agree. We do match up better with the Celtics. They are older, slower and slightly less exciting.
Although the Celtics are aging drastically, they can still win games in many different ways. They also have their own "Big Three," who are complimented by several other extremely talented players. And I will say this…Experience matters.
Now let’s be honest with ourselves if we can…There is no ideal situation here. Let us all quickly resort back to the beginning of the season. Remember when this team was struggling and the word "Playoffs" was reserved for the Flyers and Phillies? The 76ers have come a long way since then. I’m not saying this is a moral victory, because I don’t believe in those. But unless the Sixers wrapped up the 5th seed, it's pretty much pick your poison. To be honest, if I had a choice on which team the Sixers would play, it would be the Heat.
Besides actual levels of talent, and playoff experience, teams which hold the most distinctive advantage come late spring, are the ones with the most supportive fan base. Fortunately the Heat are on a level of fandom comparable to
In terms of merchandise, although the Heat currently rank fourth in sales, I would say thirty percent are worn by that "guy" you see walking down the street with a LeBron jersey, a Yankees hat and a Dallas Cowboys lanyard on his key chain.
My point is this…The fan base in
Am I saying beating