2013 NBA Finals: 5 Reasons Why the Miami Heat are Done After Two Championships

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2013 NBA Finals: 5 Reasons Why the Miami Heat are Done After Two Championships

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Now that the Miami Heat have won back-to-back titles, it is time to start giving them a bit more credit for what they all came there to do. With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh taking less money in order to play together and win multiple championships, in a way, they took an admirable road en route to glory.

The Heat took the San Antonio Spurs to seven games in exciting fashion; one of the best playoff series we have ever seen. Behind the leadership of their superstars and the solid play from a few role players, the Heat were able to come out with the series and ultimately win their second ring together.

Wade reverted to his previous form showing 'flashes' of what he used to be. James did what he had been criticized for not being able to do throughout the majority of his career - close out a crucial game. Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers also played gigantic roles in their game seven win.

After all has subsided, what will we make of this Heat team's future? Will they be able to continue this success on into 2013-2014 and beyond? How about a couple of years down the road? There are several questions that Miami will have to address over the next few months and into the next couple of years.

The way I see it, the Heat have reached their all-time high. From here on out, it's only going to get worse for James and company. I understand they came together originally to win 'not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six...' championships, but the sad reality of it is that this dream will never come true.

James and Wade have done everything they will ever be able to do in Miami, and thus their quest for multiple championships stops at two. Here are five reasons why Miami's glory days are coming to an abrupt end.

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2014 Free Agency

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This summer won't be as bad for the Heat. The only major potential loss they have is Ray Allen, who has a player option to decide on. Now, if he opts-in, he will be set to enter free agency again in 2014. Who else could be joining him? I guess the correct question to be asking is, who will not be joining him?

Every single member of the team could be a free agent in 2014 in some way, shape or form. Whether it be player options, team options or an expiring deal, every single member of the Heat could enter free agency.

What happens then? We'll have to wait and see.

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The Emergence of the Indiana Pacers

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The Indiana Pacers were one of the more entertaining and, in a way, surprising teams this year. Everyone knew how good they were last season. But this year they took it to another level. Being one of the better defensive teams in the NBA, they brought the intensity every game.

The Pacers are young, physical and only going to get better. The return of Danny Granger will only prove to be another reason why they should be one of the favorites to win the title in 2014. Indiana is simply going to get better in every aspect of the game, and that should scare Miami.

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The Western Conference is Only Getting Stronger

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You could make a strong case that the San Antonio Spurs had an asterisk next to their run to the NBA Finals this season. With the Oklahoma City Thunder losing Russell Westbrook, their number one competitor took a huge loss.

The Golden State Warriors were an incredible surprise this season and will only improve from here on out. They are young and explosive on offense. They also were without David Lee for some time during the postseason - adding to that asterisk.

What would the Los Angeles Lakers have done with Kobe Bryant in the playoffs? Who knows. How about the Denver Nuggets, had they played with a healthy Danilo Gallinari? That could have changed things also. Yet again, we see that asterisk grow even larger.

The Memphis Grizzlies are a tough, gritty team that will beat you up. With Marc Gasol growing into one of the most formidable big men in the game and Mike Conley Jr. continuing his development into an exciting leader, the Grizzlies are only going to get better as well.

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The Return of Derrick Rose

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By far, one of the biggest lifts the Miami Heat received this year was the absence of Derrick Rose for the entire regular season and postseason. The Chicago Bulls proved that they can not only compete, but advance in the playoffs without Rose - but only to an extent.

Behind the coaching of Tom Thibodeau, Chicago will always be one of the best in the league. They will play you tougher than just about anybody, making it a nightmare to squeeze out a win in most cases.

With Rose healthy next year and the emergence of a guy like Jimmy Butler, the Bulls will be one of the favorites to take out Miami in the Eastern Conference. Let's not forget Rose has gotten stronger and added a couple inches to his vertical throughout his rehab process. Not only that, but he has been able to work quite a bit more on his jump shot.

A stronger, faster and more efficient Rose could spell trouble for the Heat.

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Dwyane Wade's Health Issues

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It pains me to say this, but after this season, Dwyane Wade is absolutely not going to be the same player he used to be. We saw over the past couple of years how his knees have troubled him, and in the playoffs especially - when the level of physicality is raised - he has struggled.

Of course Wade proved himself still invaluable in game six and seven. His valiant effort was nothing short of incredible. But, as time goes on, his knees will only get worse.

Many analysts have even wondered what the Heat will do with Wade this summer. I don't believe they trade him, just because of what he means to the organization, but I believe he is no where near worth the money they are paying him.

As Wade ages, the chances of Miami earning themselves another ring will drop exponentially.

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  • Murat Goksu

    You speak of things that have yet to be proven in the upcoming season(s), yet you almost unhesitatingly state that the Heat’s dreams of achieving several titles will never come true. Now this is what I call biased and fictitious journalism at its finest. As long as this man is on my team, I’m confident that we will never lose critical and decisive games in the postseason.