Found April 19, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
PLAYERS: LeBron James
TEAMS: Miami Heat
The defending champs will take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.  At first thought, this won’t be much of a challenge for them.  At second thought, it still won’t be much of a challenge for them.  Milwaukee clearly doesn’t have the tools to compete with the Heat. What Miami needs to do to win: Nothing special.  They just need to play their game and treat each game one at a time.  This series should really just be a preparation for the second round.  The East isn’t nearly as deep as the West which means the lower-seeded opponents are weaker. What Milwaukee needs to do to win: Take out both of LeBron’s legs at the beginning of Game 1.  Sorry, Milwaukee.  There is very minimal hope of an NCAA Tournament-type upset here. Key Matchups: Dwyane Wade vs. Monta Ellis: Wade is clearly the more effective all-around player, but Ellis does have a tremendous scoring ability.  If Ellis can make Wade work on defense, that could wear Wade down a bit.  Even if Ellis does outplay Wade, Miami has too many other advantages. LeBron James vs. Larry Sanders’ Post Defense: Without Larry Sanders, the Bucks may not be a playoff team.  Sanders is, without a doubt, the team’s best defensive player.  He specializes at stopping players from finishing at the rim.  But stopping King James at the rim may be an overwhelmingly difficult task to handle. Prediction: Heat in Four Games
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

(VIDEO) Seventh Woods: The Next LeBron James?

Even though the NBA playoffs started this weekend, the basketball topic getting the most publicity right now is 14-year-old Seventh Woods’ mixtape. Woods is a 6’1” freshman guard from Columbia, South Carolina. First off, props to this kid’s mom for naming him Seventh. That is an awesome name. Secondly, this kid is an elite athlete. I mean top-notch. And this kid is only a...

LeBron James Could Be First Unanimous MVP in NBA History, Expected to Win Award for Fourth Time in Five Years

MIAMI — There has never been a unanimous MVP in the history of the NBA. Not Wilt Chamberlain, not Bill Russell, not Shaquille O’Neal, not Michael Jordan. LeBron James might soon change that. At least, the Miami Heat believe he should. After finally winning that first NBA title last June, James was better than ever in his first year as a champion. He led the league in field goals...

LeBron James opens Miami’s playoff run with thunderous dunk vs. Milwaukee

LeBron James got the 2013 NBA Playoffs going in the right direction for the Miami Heat with this massive dunk against the Milwaukee Bucks.

LeBron James throws down monster dunk on fast break during Bucks/Heat

As the Miami Heat set to defend their NBA title, LeBron James got an opportunity to show off his aerial exploits in the first half of the Heat’s game one against the Milwaukee Bucks. After a turnover by Bucks guard Monta Ellis, the Heat shifted into fastbreak mode and LeBron threw down a monster left-handed dunk much to the joy of the crowd at American Airlines Arena:

Video: The top 10 NBA dunks of 2012-13

There were some amazing dunks in the NBA regular season such as LeBron James destruction of the Boston Celtics Jason Terry.  But was it amazing enough to make the year’s top 10? This video breaks it down. The post Video: Kobe Bryant and LeBron James star in the top 10 NBA dunks of 2012-13 appeared first on Players View.

Heat back in playoff mode, set for Milwaukee

LeBron James typically cannot sleep much before the first game of a postseason. Even after 10 years in the league, three MVP awards and a championship, Game 1 still kicks his anxiety level into high gear. ''Like the night before Christmas,'' James said. Makes sense, since the Miami Heat have been waiting about a year for this. The eight preseason outings, the 82...

No longer a villain, LeBron writing own book

MIAMI Shane Battier knows exactly how LeBron James was looked upon a year ago. He even provided a demonstration. The Miami Heat forward cocked his head to the right. Then he halfway closed his right eye. People were skeptical and sort of gave him the hairy eyeball, Battier said. Research turned up that Battier was uttering an expression that means to look at somebody disapprovingly...

Another MVP for LeBron seems likely

There has never been a unanimous MVP in the history of the NBA. Not Wilt Chamberlain, not Bill Russell, not Shaquille O'Neal, not Michael Jordan. LeBron James might soon change that. At least, the Miami Heat believe he should. After finally winning that first NBA title last June, James was better than ever in his first year as a champion. He led the league in field goals,...

Who Is The Favorite For Andrew Wiggins?

Andrew Wiggins may be the best high school prospectsince LeBron James and has four schools hoping hechooses themIf you are a college basketball fan, you are probably aware that Andrew Wiggins is the top recruit in the 2013 class.  He may be the best high school player since LeBron James back in 2003.  Not only is he good, he still hasn't made up a college choice yet.  That...

Miami Heat to Fans: Champagne Anyone?

The Miami Heat are good. No, they aren't just good--these guys are something special. They are easily the favorites to win the NBA Finals. Heck, with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh on the roster how can they not be? When you are expected to cruise through the East into the Finals why not enjoy the ride? Why not make the ride itself something special? It appears...

Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks 1st Round Playoff Preview

Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks 1st Round Playoff Preview This is the easiest call in all of the playoffs. the Miami Heat will beat the Milwaukee Bucks in 4 games. The Bucks should not even be in the playoffs with a 38-44 record, while the Heat just put up one of the best seasons in NBA history and have the best player in the NBA at the top of his game, in LeBron James. The Bucks...

NBA Season Awards: The Year Of The Mostly Obvious

He's a Happy King With the NBA season coming to a close tonight, I thought I'd weigh in with my picks for the NBA's regular season awards. Feel free to agree or chastise, as always, in the comments. MVP: LeBron James, and it's not close. (Sorry, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and, shockingly, Carmelo Anthony; you are all playing in the wrong era.) James is the best player...

Pat Riley: Heat can Keep Big 3

    The Miami Heat are potentially set up for a dynasty with the likes of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh in the fold. But with each player possessing the option to opt out after next season, the question has always been whether or not the Heat would be able to keep all 3 down the road. With the potential luxury tax penalties for teams over the salary cap, keeping this...

Perimeter Projections: 2013 NBA Playoffs

[caption id="attachment_200" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Miami is poised for another title run, finishing with a 66-16 record and earning home court throughout the playoffs.[/caption] In what has been a thrilling NBA season filled with emotion, now is the time where greatness shines brighter than ever before. Players like LeBron James, Kevin Durant...
Heat News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.