Friday, February 22, 2013

Miami Heat: Deja Vu All Over Again!

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Why are we even following the 2012-13 NBA season? We should all just go on vacation and come back when the Miami Heat play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals because, from the looks of it, this season is going to be a carbon copy of last season. The Heat (38-14, best record in the Eastern Conference) will (again) win the NBA championship and King LeBron James will (again) win the league MVP.

The MVP for King James is a no-brainer. LeBron is playing like a man possessed and is putting up numbers never seen before in NBA history. The title is a near no-brainer as the Thunder still have a shot if they address the mistakes they made during last year's finals and maybe give the Heat a run for their money. Last season the Heat beat the Thunder in 5 games to capture their second championship in team history and take a lot of pressure off of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh who joined forces to form an almost unbeatable axis in South Beach. The trio have gone to the NBA Finals both seasons they've been together and there's really no reason why they won't make it 3 in a row. I honestly can't see anyone in the Eastern Conference beating this team 4 times, especially having to do it on the road. And besides, with the addition of Ray Allen, this year's Heat team is probably the best in the LeBron-D'Wade-Bosh era. Not to mention, this team is a lethal 3-point shooting machine, with Lebron, Allen, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis and Mike Miller all at or above 40% from the 3-point line. They can score and they can defend which is a recipe for disaster for the rest of the Eastern Conference.

The Thunder (39-15, second in the Western Conference) seem headed in the same direction as last year also. Once again the San Antonio Spurs (44-12, best record in the Western Conference) will have the best record in the league and capture the No. 1 seed. But once again, their age will show up in the playoffs and a much younger Thunder team will oust them on the road. There's no doubt the Spurs are the best "regular season" team year after year but having to beat a young and talented team like the Thunder 4 times is no walk in the park for these old-timers. More often than not the younger legs prevail. So look for the Thunder to once again clash with the Heat in the NBA Finals with the Heat winning in, let's say, six.

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