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5 Teams That Will Make Sure Miami Heat Don’t Three-Peat As NBA Champions

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5 Team That Will Make Sure The Miami Heat Don't Three-Peat As NBA Champions

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After winning back-to-back NBA championships, the Miami Heat are limping through the league as the playoffs near. They have lost five of the last six games, and LeBron James' play has been very mediocre during their slump. As the Heat continues to struggle and the NBA's elite teams improve, the back-to-back NBA Finals winners are en route to being dethroned. Here are five teams that will make sure that the Heat don't three-peat as champions.

5. Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets
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5. Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets
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The Brooklyn Nets started the season off slow, but they have have been one of the hottest teams in the league after the All-Star break. They hold a 3-0 season series lead over the Heat, and appear to be in perfect position to surprise a lot of people if they meet up with the Heat in the playoffs this season.

4. Indiana Pacers

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4. Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers
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The Indiana Pacers may not be playing as well as they were earlier in the season, but they're still playing much better than the Heat are currently playing. Alongside Paul George is a slew of players who would cause major problems for the Heat in the playoffs. They lost to the Heat in seven games in last year's Eastern Conference Finals, proving they can run with the big dogs. This team is more than ready spin their misfortune into gold.

3. Los Angeles Clippers

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3. Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers
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The Los Angeles Clippers currently hold the longest active win streak in the NBA with 10 consecutive victories. If they happen to square off with the Heat in the NBA Finals, they could possibly upend the defending champions in less than seven games.

2. San Antonio Spurs

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2. San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs
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The San Antonio Spurs were a few free throws away from winning it all last year. If they find themselves in the same position this year, they will make sure history does not repeat itself. They are more than prepared to defeat the Heat in a series. They proved that last year, but they fell just a little short. I'd take the Spurs in six if they got their hands on the Heat this season.

1. Oklahoma City Thunder

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1. Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder
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With the most complete roster in the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder can turn on the burners at any second. The problem for other teams will be slowing down OKC as they continue to speed through the league with Russell Westbrook back in the lineup. Kevin Durant has proved that he's good enough to be the NBA MVP, but he would rather prove that he's good enough to be the NBA Finals MVP. The Heat would stand no chance against OKC.