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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  • trinity

    I actually agree with him. The level of talent in the east this year is nothing compared to the west. The heat did pretty much coast. Put the mavericks or clippers in the east, and they would have been a tougher matchup for the heat than any Eastern conference team

  • Syreeta McNeal

    Bayless is right. West was more competitive than the East. Miami is a great team, but they really where not challenged or have their weaknesses exposed. Carlisle would have played a zone to stop the dribble penetration. Did you see the Pacers do that? No. Vogel does not know what to do. Mavericks have better point guards who can shoot. George Hill is an overpaid backup point guard. He is not that good.

  • Dana

    Both of you guys are idiots. Most of the stars in the West are old. While the East is getting younger. Bayless is just  blowing smoke.

  • Slider13

    Bayless is just doing what he always does, if people didn’t hate him they wouldn’t pay any attention to him at all. #jealous

  • Assassin

    The East was a cakewalk this year compared to the West. Lebron, Dwayne and the Three Stooges (old or new!) could have won it.

  • Jeff F

    Skip Bayless likes to hear himself talk. When idiots like him diss the Heat, they fail to recognize the fact that they have beaten the Western Conference champions two years in a row. Charles Barkley also predicted that the Pacers would destroy the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s obvious that these “experts” have huge egos and small brains.

    • calvin

      No they are so right to me most of the player in the east cries because they cant make a team like Michael Jordan or. dirk staying with their teams to make them better. Heat is a team where stars could do the things MJ and Dirk did.

  • Greg Hill

    Bayless has a point but as usual he exaggerates a little to get attention. Dallas did take the Spurs to 7 games before losing as the 8th seed. Dallas is not as good as Miami but they are better than the overrated Pacers.

    • Greg Hill

      Upon further review, let’s look at winning percent vs. Western Conference competition. East teams play 30 games vs. West while the West teams play 52 games in conference. Miami was 20-10 .666 which was the fourth best win % behind SA .730, OKC .692, and LAC .692. If Miami was in the Western Conference they would be the 4th seed instead of the 2nd seed. Also, Miami plays 52 games vs. East Conference teams. Their regular season is easier, their playoffs up until the finals is also easier. The 1st two rounds are like byes compared to the west. A team has to win 16 playoff games to be champ. Are Miami’s 16 the same as San Antonio’s?