Does anyones else find it funny that teams like the Lakers and Miami, who obviously just expected to walk right to the championship game, are now whining and blaming teammates for their teams struggles? Its classic to me that these teams leaders/best players dont really seem to take responsibility for their teams performance on their own back. Sometimes, criticism of your teammates can backfire and make them play even more poorly. If Kobe came out and said over and over, im the leader, its on me to lift my team in stead of making excuses and blaming Pau, then Pau might actually play better instead of looking over his shoulder. Wade freaked out on his coach and they had to cancel practice the next day! What is the deal? Did these guys just think they were going to waltz their way into the championship game?
Now, I havent brought myself to watch any of these games, Ive only been reading the headlines, watching news clips, espn post-game interviews but I gotta say, its kinda cool to see these teams that thought they were gonna win it all facing major adversity. Also, I gotta give credit to OKC and IND(as much as I hate to) for coming out with a great game plan, implementing it, following through and playing great defense! It seems as much as the Lakers and Heat have psyched themselves out, the opposite is true for their opponents, theyve continued to get even better!
Of course, I wish it was the Blazers out there kicking the Lakers butts or the Heats butts, but its just good to see someone kicking their butts. It also goes to show that you can have assembled on paper the greatest team ever, and yet put them on the court under pressure and they break!
Anyways, I cant wait until we are back in the playoffs. Hopefully, with this offseason, we can assemble a great roster that will grow together, and become the team weve all wanted all along. A team that can challenge anyone, hang with the best, and become the best!