All-Star break for a really interesting season. I am really excited for the dunk contest this year. I don't know if any of you have seen him before, but please look up videos for James "Flight" White. He is probably the best dunk contest dunker I have ever seen. He is 30 now, so I don't know if he has the hops he used to, but if he does, he is going to put on a show. The guy routinely dunks from behind the free throw line with ease. Not on the line, but behind it with tricks like a cradle, between the legs, and two-handed windmills. If he has the hops he did 10 to 12 years ago, he is going to push everyone to bring out their best stuff early.
I know the East is suspect, but at this point the only teams I can see beating Miami are San Antonio and Indiana. I still think Miami beats the Pacers in the Playoffs, but they are the one team in the East that could really push Miami. San Antonio is just so disciplined and put together that I can see them hurting Miami with their combination of ball movement, size, and the 2nd best PG in the NBA. I would put OKC in that mix, but until they understand they can't play Perkins against the Heat, they won't beat Miami. People keep saying size hurts Miami, but Perkins isn't a great rebounder, shot blocker, or pick and roll defender. He is great at guarding traditional low post centers, so guys like Dwight Howard, Brook Lopez, and Al Jefferson are whom he plays best against. In a series with Miami, he has no one to guard actually rebounds at a worse rate than LeBron, and can't defend the pick and roll with Bosh. I can't see anyone else going more than six games with Miami if they are healthy.
As far as LeBron goes, he probably just solidified his 4th MVP with what he has been doing in the past month. I hope even the people who dislike him can appreciate how incredible he is playing and how great a player he is. He isn't Jordan, there can be only one, but he is the best thing seen since Mike.