LeBron James and the Miami Heat are looking pretty unstoppable at the moment. With their win streak at 18 and counting, thanks to a thorough handling of the Indiana Pacers Sunday afternoon, the team looks like a lock to not only make their third-straight NBA Finals, but walk away with their second-straight NBA Championship.
However, this won’t be the year of the Heat.
Well, something freakish will derail this historic season put together by James and company. Since this is a freakish performance so far put on by Miami, only an event of similar description will be able to overcome the club.
With that being said, here are three ways the Heat will lose before the Finals in this year’s playoffs.
All predictions are based off current seedings.
3. Carmelo Anthony Will Channel His Inner Dirk Nowitzki
When the New York Knicks are forced to face the Heat in the second round of the playoffs, Carmelo Anthony will revert back to the form he displayed at the beginning of the season and play better than James and company. Anthony will put the team on his back and will them to win four games over the Heat. After he does this, we will forever refer to that performance as ‘Melo “channeling his inner Dirk.” Heck, we’ll even see him fall away off the wrong foot, a la Nowitzki.
2. Derrick Rose Will Play As If He Never Hurt His Knee
With a healthy Derrick Rose for the playoffs, the Bulls will take care of the Brooklyn Nets in the first round and then the Indiana Pacers in the Conference Semifinals. Since Rose has been gone for about 10 months now, the rest of the team will have created some confidence in their abilities and won’t need to rely on Rose so much. But that doesn’t mean Rose won’t play well. He’ll perform as if he never missed any time. He’ll average 20 points and eight assists during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat. He’ll lead the Bulls to a victory in Game 7 in Miami.
1. LeBron James Will Choke
The most freakish thing I can think of (besides having Bane take over American Airlines Arena and taking LeBron James hostage) is James choking. For the season, he’s shooting 56 percent from the floor. During the playoffs, however, that will dip to 45 percent. Miami will be without once-in-a-lifetime-season James. They’ll just be stuck with a regular, run of the mill LeBron James. Disappointing.
Michael Linberg is a staff writer for Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter at Linberg2000