Can LeBron James Carry Miami Heat to 2013 NBA Finals Repeat?

By Taylor Sturm
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

As expected from day one of the NBA season, the Miami Heat are headed to the 2013 NBA Finals. They will face the San Antonio Spurs, who swept through the Western Conference Playoffs with relative ease.

Many of the Miami players have not played up to their abilities so far throughout the Eastern Conference Playoffs. If the Heat can’t seem to find their stride, can LeBron James’ heroics carry them through the Finals?

James has the talent to carry a team on his back, and he showed that when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, when he was with the Cavaliers, the other players would pass up the opportunity to shoot in order to give James the ball. In Miami, other players will shoot because they can actually contribute. James cannot go into “Cleveland mode” while playing for the Heat, because there are far too many other talented players on the court.

James can carry the Heat through a few of the Finals games, but he cannot win the series by himself. The Spurs are far too talented and experienced all over the court to let one player beat them in at least four games. If the Heat are to win, other members of the Miami offense must step up and help by at least taking some of the pressure off of LeBron.

Despite all this, one thing is certain: James will be the best player on the court in the Finals. If San Antonio can stop him, they can stop Miami and win the 2013 NBA Finals.

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