By Trevor Lowry @TheTrevorLowry on May 27, 2014
The Miami Heat are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals. They will more than likely move on to play in the NBA Finals. No surprises there. The team has won two straight titles. Regardless, there are five things that could keep the Heat from winning a third straight title.
Sure, Miami is playing pretty good basketball right now, but the San Antonio Spurs have been awesome. They blew Oklahoma City out in back-to-back games -- lost the last one, though. That is not an easy thing to do. That is especially true with the season MVP Kevin Durant has had.
Dwyane Wade definitely still has his moments. Chris Bosh does as well, but neither player has been absolutely amazing in the playoffs. Luckily, Miami has LeBron James. Still, if Wade and Bosh are subpar the rest of the way through, Miami probably will not win a title. If they play like we all know they can, Miami will win the title with ease. Regardless, players other than James have to play big the rest of the way.
When other players do not step up, that just puts more pressure on LeBron James. If everyone else is having a bad game, LeBron is expected to pick up the slack. He gets all of the pressure in the fourth quarters, in each series and in each game.
Although the Thunder came back in a big way last game, San Antonio is on a mission. The Spurs were so close to dethroning the Heat last season in the Finals. Players like Tim Duncan are not getting any younger. This could be his last chance at hoisting another title.
Not many teams win three championships in a row. That is the case for any sport. We are talking about the NBA here. Pulling off that feat would be amazing, but it is not going to be easy. That is obvious. The Heat have had a huge target on their backs ever since the Big 3 became a thing. Every team is chasing them. Winning that third crown will not be any easier than the first two.
Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.
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