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NBA 2013 Title Contenders: Miami Heat

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October 8, 2012 by shivusharma

For the next few days I’ll be writing up detailed breakdowns of the handful of teams that I consider legitimate title contenders. These teams are the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Today I’ll be examining the defending champion, Miami Heat.

MIAMI HEAT

Projected Starters: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier, Lebron James, Chris Bosh.

Key Reserves: Ray Allen, Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony

Strengths: Lebron James, defensive versatility, defensive pressure, three point shooting, penetration, getting to the free-throw line, isolation scoring, tempo

Weaknesses: interior size, may struggle against dominant post players, Wade’s health, Dexter Pittman’s lunch buffet

Outlook

The Miami Heat seem to be poised for another title run. We saw Lebron James evolve into a crunch-time performer, unparalleled defensive force, and post-up player. He has really become an inhuman remix of Magic Johnson. Centered around Lebron’s ability to guard every position, coach Spoelstra’s defense will continue to terrorize opponents, create turnovers, and generate easy buckets.

Dwyane Wade may be on the downslope of his career, but he is still a dynamic player who has now learned to adapt his game to Lebron’s strengths.

Chris Bosh came on late, showcasing a knack for shot-blocking and rebounding that was absent for many seasons. The addition of Ray Allen only makes the Heat deadlier. Instead of struggling through Mike Miller’s geriatric health issues and hot-cold shooting, the Heat have the most lethal 3-point shooter in NBA history. Ray literally needs to stand in the corner, wait for the ball, and tae wide open shots.

Expect the Heat to be back in the NBA Finals, barring any unforeseen circumstances. They are in a tier by themselves in the Eastern Conference.

Up next: Oklahoma City Thunder

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