Did you watch tonight’s Hawks/Bucks game? Milwaukee is now up 3-2 in their first round series, with a home game in a couple of days. Atlanta has already lost 18 of their last 19 road playoff games dating back to 1997, including losses in both road games in this series.
Let’s face reality. If the Heat were playing the Hawks, Miami would have already wrapped up the series. It’s hard to accept, and impossible to forgive Riley/Spoelstra for not intentionally throwing the Nets game.
Micky Arison should be outraged. He probably loses somewhere around $7 million because of that decision. Add to that Riley’s decision to waste $1.5 million on Patrick Beverly and his $7 million decision not to get under the luxury tax. That’s $15.5 million out the window because of mis-management. $15.5 million!
It gets worse. Riley’s decisions to offer Daequan Cook a contract and to offer Joel Anthony a player option for next season are the only things standing in the way of the Heat not having a legitimate shot at three max contract free agents. And this ignore Riley’s decision to sign James Jones, who he deemed a “perfect fit,” to that horrific contract.
This is the man you trust and believe in. How can I, a blogger that has zero readership, know more? How is that possible? It’s not like I am saying all these things in retrospect. I was livid as each and every one of these decisions was made.
I could have saved Micky Arison $16 million this season, while at the same time creating enough cap space for three max contract free agents in the offseason. Someone please tell me I’m missing something. Tell me I’m oversimplifying. Because I just don’t see it.