Jun 21, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; ESPN reporters and tv personalities Stephen A. Smith (left) and Skip Bayless (right) prior to the start of game five in the 2012 NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Skip Bayless thinks Dallas Mavericks could have won the East

Not long after the Miami Heat concluded their 4-2 Eastern Conference Finals series win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, ESPN talking head Skip Bayless decided to chime in on his feelings about the 4-time Eastern Conference champs.

Bayless is known for two things; arguing with Stephen A. Smith (or whoever else ESPN elects to sit opposite Bayless on First Take) and tweeting some ridiculous things, probably in an attempt to push a few buttons.

Last night was no exception. Check out his string of tweets following the Heat’s 117-92 win.

Granted, the NBA’s Eastern Conference wasn’t exactly a bevy of quality teams (a 38-44 Atlanta Hawks team was the eight-seed in this year’s Eastern playoff bracket), but to say that any team’s path to the NBA Finals is “easy” is probably overstating it a bit.

Miami faced an upstart and hungry Charlotte team, who they dispatched in a 4-0 sweep, and then faced a very good Brooklyn Nets team who had gotten the best of them during the regular season, and put them away 4-1, finishing up with the Pacers, a team who they had battled to the bitter end with all season long.

Was it the most daunting of playoff paths to the NBA Finals? Probably not. But the Heat showed they were a much more prepared and dominant team, and to think that the Mavs would have given Miami that much trouble (had they gotten that far) might be just blowing smoke.

But that’s what Bayless is best at.

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