They're great enough to get away with that mindset. That mindset still has them among the best teams in the NBA.
I think people want to find something wrong with the Heat. Their mindset might make them a little more vulnerable, but it'll take a lot more than that to beat the Heat when it comes down to it. They're just better than everyone else. Anyone else playing with that mindset would be under .500.
yeah but the teams not playing with that mindset are beating the Heat.
Look at a team like New York. There's a reason they are blowing out the Heat.
They know how to defend them and exploit their weaknesses and are talented enough to not let them back into the games because of their defense and ability to exploit the Heat's defense to get themselves easy shots.
The same thing they did the last game. But the team didn't feel they had "anything to learn" and the Knicks just beat them the same way again WITHOUT Carmelo in the Heat's own building. I think it's pretty obvious that they ultimately WON'T get away with this mindset. Let them keep that "we're just better than everyone else" and "we don't have to play defense" mentality when they get to the playoffs when other teams are coming for their head and see how far it get's them
There's a reason Kobe hated when the majority of the team played with that type of mentality and when we got swept by Dallas, Kobe said "we been playing with fire for a long time, and we finally got what we deserved."
That is the kind of mentality Kobe has, he takes something from EVERY loss because he doesn't want it to come back and haunt them in the playoffs and he wants them entering the playoffs as complete a team as possible REGARDLESS of their talent.
Contrast that with how LeBron is leading. By laughing off losses and saying that losing to the Wizards, nearly losing to the Spurs 3rd and 4th stringers and getting blown out by the Knicks that there is "nothing to learn" from it.
If Lebron keeps that mentality and the Heat are following his example and leadership they WILL get exposed.
Bank on that.
Edited by Majesty, December 07, 2012 - 12:14 AM.