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Dwyane Wade is healthy and playing like a super star. Add LeBron James playing at a MVP type level and Chris Bosh contributing in his role, and the Heat are nearly unbeatable. Photo by Jeff Lewis
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
As of right now in the NBA, it is the Heat and then everybody else. There is not a legitimate argument for any other team in the league being on par with them, let along better.
The Spurs and Thunder are looking really good over in the Western Conference, but even they are not on the Heats’ level. With the Heat flirting with the 1971-72 Lakers record of 33 consecutive victories, it is clear that this team is dialed in and nearly unstoppable. It is to the point that you can look at their schedule and pencil in a win next to every game. Outside of their game against the Spurs later this month, at San Antonio, they will be heavily favored in every contest.
The Heat are finally playing like the super team that everybody thought that they would be when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh all decided to sign with the team. It took some time, but with some adjustments they are playing up to their potential.
Over the course of the first two seasons the Heat seemed to have an identity problem. James and Wade functioned similarly, so it was hard for them to play well together on the court. Even with those issues, they were still able to make it to back-to-back NBA Finals, winning last year. They hit several bumps in the road on their way to winning the title last season, but those issues appear to be resolved.
The offense is now run through James, and he has the decision to either drive to the basket or distribute the ball. Either choice that he makes, defenses are left at a huge disadvantage. If they double James, Wade is waiting on the other side of the court, and James will find him. Or he will find Bosh, who knocks down open mid-range jump shots. If teams single James, he is going right to the basket.
James may be the run away MVP, but one thing that is working extremely well for him and the Heat is that Wade is healthy, and he has regained his super star status. With Wade playing like a top five player in the league, and James once again playing at a MVP level, it is hard to pick against them in any single game.
The Heat should not have any problems making it back to the NBA Finals because the Eastern Conference is not very strong. The only team that looks like they can give them fits is the Pacers, but do not count on that being a long series if the Pacers make it that far. The Knicks are fading and probably will not give the Heat any problems if the two meet in the playoffs. Do not be surprised if the Heat run the table in the East.
The only team that may be able to beat the Heat in a series is the Spurs. The Heat seem to be in the Thunder’s heads, and chances are that the Thunder and Spurs will be playing for the Western Conference title.