Miami Heat Poised for Back-to-Back Titles
LeBron James has become the most interesting ball player ever. He is shooting 64% over the course of February. The last player to do that was Kareem Abdul-Jabar in 1983. There is little doubt who will win the MVP this season as LeBron is above and beyond every other player in the league.
However, not enough credit has been given to Dwyane Wade for swallowing his pride and taking a back seat to LeBron as he arrived on his turf to start a dynasty. Wade has been playing second-fiddle to LeBron since the day James arrived in Miami and has yet to complain once (publicly).
The heat have coasted through the first half of the season, at times not playing up to their standards defensively, but once you win a title you realize that the only thing that matters is the postseason. Positioning during the regular season is important, but not as integral as a deep playoff run - and the Heat are fresh.
Not only are they fresh, they are hitting their stride at the right time. There is less than 30 games left to the season and their biggest competition for a championship are the San Antonio Spurs and perhaps the Indiana Pacers. The Thunder and Clippers will not make it out of the West Finals if either has to face the Spurs, thus providing the Heat with a legitimate challenge to win back-to-back titles.
But with the top player in the league joined by a top-three two-guard in Wade, Chris Bosh and a bevy of three-point shooters (Ray Allen, Mike Miller, Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis), this team will be in the Finals. It's just a matter of who they will defeat there...