Friday, April 19, 2013

Can Anyone Beat The Heat?

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The 2013 NBA Playoffs officially kick off this weekend, but most expect the favorites to cruise to early round victories. The top seeds, Oklahoma City and Miami, are favored to once again meet in the finals. The question is, can the Thunder, or anyone else for that matter, beat the Heat in a best of seven series?

Miami has been mostly in cruise control ever since the Chicago Bulls snapped their 27-game winning streak during the regular season. The defending champions finished with 66 wins this year, and many feel they could have finished with 70 or more if they cared about regular season records.

After winning the title last year, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the team realized that winning the title is all that really matters. As fans and fantasy basketball owners alike will be glad to know they are rested, healthy and ready to go with home court advantage throughout the playoffs.

There are teams who could be a threat to them though. The New York Knicks went 3-1 against the Heat this season, winning each game by double-digits. While some of those games did not feature the Heat at full strength, just knowing that they can win is half the battle. Of course, the Knicks are more concerned about getting to the Eastern Conference Finals to have a shot at Miami.

Out West, the biggest issue for any of those teams will be surviving a number of tough series. Even as the top seed, the Thunder could potentially face the Rockets, Clippers and Spurs before getting to the NBA Finals. All three of those teams are capable of extending the series to six or more games.

Miami at times can appear to be unbeatable, and there is a reason why they are the clear cut favorites in Vegas. However, repeating in any professional sport is difficult. They will certainly get some challenges, but Miami just seems too talented (and rested) to not end their season in celebration.

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