NBA Playoffs: 5 Reasons Why the Miami Heat Won’t Win the NBA Title
Reasons Miami Heat Won't Win the NBA Title
From LeBron James' triple doubles, to the 27-game winning streak, to Chris Bosh suddenly becoming a three-point specialist, the Miami Heat have seen it all this year. The Heat are on pace to have one of the greatest regular seasons in franchise history with the way they have played this season.
Going into the playoffs, many Heat fans I'm sure are thinking their team is invincible from the way they handled the regular season. With a guy like James leading the charge, how can they lose? He can do it all. James is a scoring threat, a rebounding threat, a passing threat and a defensive threat. How in the world could the Heat not repeat as NBA Champions?
Believe it or not, it most likely will not happen. The Heat are not invincible. There are many changes to the Eastern Conference specifically that do not bode well for them. Teams have improved, defense has been played more physical than ever, and the Heat even have a few weaknesses of their own to deal with.
I truly hope that there is not a single player on the Heat that thinks they will just coast their way through the playoffs until maybe the Eastern Conference Finals where they are going to have to turn it up a notch. Starting in the very first round they could be challenged by the physical play of Larry Sanders. In the second round, they may find themselves being worn out every game by the tiring defense of Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls.
Here are the top five reasons that the Miami Heat will not repeat as NBA Champions in 2013.
Miami Heat Will Be Dominated In Post Play
It is no secret that the Miami Heat have had problems in the post, specifically with rebounding. Right off the bat in the first round, they are going to be manhandled by Larry Sanders in the post. While the Heat will most likely prevail, even an underrated name like Sanders will expose the weakness of Miami's inability to excel in the post. Further in the playoffs, it will be even more apparent as they are going to have to deal with the physical post play of guys like Roy Hibbert and David West of the Indiana Pacers, as well as Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks, Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics and Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks.
Carmelo Anthony Is Good Enough to Take Them Out
Carmelo Anthony has decided to remind the NBA that LeBron James wasn't the only superstar to come out in that same draft a decade ago. As of late, he cannot be stopped. Throughout the season, he has not been able to be stopped. But recently, Anthony has been on such a tear that he hasn't scored under 30 points in a game in what seems like a lifetime. With the play of J.R. Smith on the rise, he and Anthony have what it takes to knock off the Heat if they can get the support of guys like Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler on a nightly basis. Anthony has the ability to spearhead an upset, were the Heat to see the New York Knicks in the playoffs.
Dwyane Wade's Health Will Prove Dooming
Dwyane Wade has dealt with a series of injuries over the past few seasons, and at the moment he is on the injury report and has not played in the last couple of games. For the Heat, this will surely be dooming if he cannot get himself back to full health. LeBron James cannot do this all on his own, even though he appears that he can at times. Wade is an integral part of this team and provides a large amount of playoff experience. If he is not healthy, the Heat will not win another championship.
Indiana Pacers Will Rough Them Up
Has there been a more physical team this year than the Indiana Pacers? Maybe on one night, but not consistently throughout the season like the Pacers have played. Head coach Frank Vogel has instilled a fearlessness within his team that should frighten the living daylights out of the Heat and their soft style of play. The Pacers are not a team to mess around with and start whining about no-calls or bad calls. They will get in your face, knock you to the ground and grab the ball that is rightfully theirs. The Heat have zero chance, especially in the post, when trying to match the Pacers' toughness.
The San Antonio Spurs Are Just Too Good
I could go on and on about this one. If the Heat were to make it to the finals and meet, who I believe will be there waiting in the San Antonio Spurs, they will be found out very fast by a team who is set up to beat them in almost every way. Gregg Popovich has a system and it works. His players know what their role is and they execute it to perfection on a nightly basis. Their Big Three are not the only threats on the team anymore. With key role players like Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter, Patty Mills and others, the Spurs are loaded with depth that will enable them to stay fresh throughout a seven game series with the Heat. The Spurs are just too good for the Heat, and if this indeed ends up being the finals matchup, all of America will see it.