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NBA Finals 2012 - Miami Heat, Can They Win It This Time?
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NBA Finals 2012   -   Miami Heat, Can they Win it This Time?

Last year, the Miami Heat reached the 2011 NBA Finals in their first run with the Big Three consisting out of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Looking back on a very successful run in the Eastern Conference, the Heat were confident they could win it all. Their opponent were the Dallas Mavericks, a team that is home to future Hall of Famers Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki, both at the end of their respective carreers but still fighting and playing for that one ring, that one ring that makes sure no-one will forget them.

The Miami Heat eventually lost the series by 4-2 and this unleashed a storm of reactions. Were they good enough to do it? Was James good enough? Do they need to get rid of Bosh to add some better roleplayers to their roster?

While all of those questions are normal reactions, they got blown up and even before the 2012 season started you had people saying James and the Heat were never gonna be good enough to beat a team that doesn't consist only out superstars and relatively bad roleplayers.

In the off-season the NBA was struck with a lock-out, which meant there wasn't anything official happening until both the NBA and the players reached a new agreement on dividing the income.

When this was over, people were awaiting what the Heat would do to enhance their roster and give the Big Three more room to breathe. Pat Riley, the Heat GM, added Shane Battier, who is known for his ferocious defense and 3-point shooting. Because of this, James and Wade would be able to focus more on running the offense since they still have a weak spot in Mario Chalmers and his inconsistent play. When the 2012 NBA Draft came around they added the rookie point guard Norris Cole to the team and things were looking good for the Heat, having added a bit more depth to the roster.

Starting of a shortened season, the Heat started steamrolling through opponents, aiming for a league best record. The biggest opponents where the Chicago Bulls,San Antonio Spurs and OKC Thunder. After the All-Star break things went downhill, the Heat lost some games causing them to lose their grip on the Bulls in the East and the secondary squad still had problems scoring. Eventually the Heat ended up at the 2nd seed in the East.

First round: Miami Heat vs New York Knicks

They started their play-off run against Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. With NBA-revelation Jeremy Lin still out with a injured knee but still having Ama're Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler in the line-up, the battle for the second round began. Miami won the first game with a 30+ blowout in the American Airlines arena and people started hoping they set the tone for games to come. They eventually won the series 4-1.

Eastern Conference Semifinals: Miami Heat vs Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are the next team for the Heat to beat. After having won game 1 but losing Chris Bosh for the rest of the series, Miami lost game 2. They looked weak and vulnerable, but this could be due the fact they need to adjust for Bosh's absence. Game 3 is tomorrow night on 17th of May and the whole Heat community hope they can regain their confidence and make short work of the Pacers

What if they advance to the next round?

I'm guessing they'll face the Boston Celtics, who have just won their second game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Ofcourse, as a Heat fan I hope the 76ers can upset the Celtics as they'll prove to be a weaker for the Heat, compared to Bostons' experience. But seen the way the Celtics took game 3, this will be a more difficult task for the 76ers than the Rose-less Chicago Bulls were in the First Round.

What if they reach the 2012 NBA Finals?

The way things are going right now, I can feel a Western Conference Finals coming between the OKC Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs. Both teams had a great season and will provide a tough opponent to the Heat or any other team that reaches the 2012 NBA Finals. If it is the Heat who gets there in the East, it will be a fierce battle for the 2012 NBA Finals MVP between Lebron James and OKC's Kevin Durant or San Antonio's Tony Parker.

Can the Heat win the 2012 NBA Finals?

I am confident the Heat will eventually reach the Finals, definitely if they get Bosh back after this round. Winning it will be harder since the opponent provided by the West will be stronger than next year and now is the time for Lebron James to prove he is ready to take his first ring and that he is worthy to be called the King.


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Johnney  

Very nice first article. Stay the course.

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thanks johnney!

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