2013 NBA Playoffs: 5 Reasons the Miami Heat Will Win it All Again
5 Reasons Miami Heat Will Repeat
The Miami Heat are one of those teams that come around once in a long time. They are solid in every aspect of the game -- well, almost every aspect -- and may be one of the best teams to grace the game of basketball in a decade.
Sure, that statement may be up for debate with the countless number of solid San Antonio Spurs teams over the years, and the Los Angeles Lakers with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal; but, instead of sparking a debate on the best team in the past decade, I am going to tell you exactly why the Miami Heat are going to repeat their NBA title from a season ago.
By bringing in LeBron James and Chris Bosh to complement Dwyane Wade in 2010, the Heat were looking to win, win right away and win a lot. They were winners, didn't quite win right away -- not winning a title until 2012 -- and time will tell if they win a lot. They do win a lot of regular season games, however. In fact, they have won 170 regular season games since becoming the league's newest and most intriguing "Big Three" in 2010.
They faced a mountain of criticism in their first season together by missing out on an NBA title and looking like the three superstars might not work together. By proving everyone wrong with a title last season, they had to pay a bit of a price. Coming in as the "Big Three", they sacrificed the superstardom of Chris Bosh to make the team better. Sure, Bosh still averages around 16 points and seven rebounds a game, but he is not nearly the player he was expected to be when he was brought in.
All criticism of Bosh aside, the Heat are good. In fact, they are so good that I have five reasons that they will win back-to-back NBA titles -- and here they are.
LeBron James is Playing Like the MVP he is
MVP LeBron James is playing just like his title of 'MVP' implies. He had received much criticism earlier in the second round matchup against the Chicago Bulls because he was becoming complacent, leading to a Game 1 loss at home. LBJ has since turned it on, averaging 24.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game in nine games in the playoffs so far -- far better than any other Heat player or any player left in the playoffs, for that matter.
The Remaining Teams Don't Compare to Miami
In my opinion, the teams left in the playoffs, including the already-victorious Memphis Grizzlies, just don't compare talent-wise to Miami. The Grizzlies are too young and inexperienced, as are the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers. I don't think the New York Knicks are physical enough or have the will to win that Miami does, and the San Antonio Spurs are just too old. They may make the Finals, but won't be able to keep up with James and the Heat.
The Heat Are Too Hot Right Now
Miami is flat-out on fire right now. They have won eight of nine playoff games and were one slip-up away from two series sweeps to begin the 2013 postseason. Miami is just kicking butt and taking names, looking seemingly unstoppable against both of their first two opponents. Hopefully they don't let the momentum die while waiting around for their next opponent.
They Have the Experience
Wade, James and Bosh have been to three straight NBA playoffs together, won three straight division titles and won the NBA title in 2012. They are gelled together as a group and could have the best team chemistry of any team in the league. They know how to win and they know each other extremely well. That combination alone is a recipe for success.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are an Unstoppable Duo
LeBron and Wade get each other more than any duo in the league. They complement each other well and can lob an alley-oop from half court to each other like it's a free throw. Wade and James together may be the scariest combination since Shaq and Kobe -- and it could end up being the most successful before it's all said and done.
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