Magic Johnson believes the 2013 NBA Finals will be the end of the Miami Heat as they’re currently constructed. His belief, as stated in a Wednesday conference call with reporters, is that “everyone has caught up to them," and that it may be time to make changes.
Johnson’s comments, however, insinuate that reconstruction should occur for the Heat as soon as this offseason. How’s that for an overreaction after Miami’s Game 3 loss?
The Indiana Pacers certainly gave the Heat trouble in a seven-game Eastern Conference Finals. And yes, the San Antonio Spurs are now leading 2-1 in the finals following a blowout 113-77 Game 3 victory.
But according to Johnson, an NBA legend who often speaks in hyperbole, that’s enough proof to say an entire league has caught up to the Heat.
Forget that 27-game winning streak, the league’s best regular-season record or the 8-1 record through the first two rounds. Also, dismiss the fact that no team has beaten the Heat in a series since the Dallas Mavericks did it in the 2011 NBA Finals.
Wade has definitely disappointed this postseason due to a hampering knee injury and a skill set reliant on athleticism. The 31-year-old is down to a 14.2 points per game average this postseason.
Equally unimpressive has been Bosh, who is averaging just 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds in the playoffs.
Still, the Heat are three wins away from a second consecutive NBA title. Is it really time to break things up? No, this is just a knee-jerk soundbite.
The seesaw of emotion that swings all too favorably and all too harshly with each game of the NBA Finals lives in Johnson’s statement.
Down 2-1 in the series, suddenly, Miami’s sky is falling. But if the Heat reawaken in Game 4 and go on to win another championship, no one—not even Johnson—will be calling for this superteam to be broken up.