Monday, June 06, 2005The Big Question
Will he or Won't he?
In what will be the most anticipated NBA game in the 21st century the big mystery surrounds the health of Dwyane Wade.
His dad says he'll play, his agent isn't sure. Personally I know he's going to play because he knows the Heat don't stand a chance without him. Everybody in the organization rolled the dice by resting him in Game 6 and taking the loss.
However a Wade at 60% isn't going to win the game for Miami. Instead Shaq will have to revert back to his old self and dominate, he'll need at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, probably more. The Heat will also need contributions from Eddie Jones and strong bench play from Kenyon Dooling and Alonzo Mourning.
Meanwhile the Pistons will try to establish the Wallace boys early. If Rasheed Wallace can hit the outside shots it'll take Shaq's rebounding sidekick, Udonis Haslem, away from the basket. And any early points that Ben Wallace gets is good for energy.
The inside game will open the jump shots for Rip Hamilton and Chauncey Billups. And the Pistons can go bigger with Antonio McDyess or play up tempo with Lindsey Hunter and Carlos Arroyo.
In the end, Game 7 is in Miami and it's rare for a home team to lose a Game 7, especially when that team has Shaq on it. Give me the Heat, 95-87.
Poppa Wade: My Son Will Play [Sports Network]
Pistons Hoping for Wade's Return [Sun-Sentinel]
Shaq Must Hack It [NY Daily News]