The Miami Heat Set Out for a Three-Peat
Recently sitting in front of his locker speaking about the upcoming NBA playoffs, LeBron James was asked if there were any current playoff teams that the Miami Heat feared. Without thinking twice and flashing a matter-of-fact look, James said, “We respect all, but fear none”.
After the answer quickly set in, it soon became very obvious: While the Heat appeared bored at times during the regular season, and appeared to be disinterested during the end the season, the Miami Heat are not lacking in confidence with the playoffs right around the corner.
Attempting to be only the third team in NBA history to win three straight titles, and make it to four consecutive NBA Finals, some critics believe the Heat are exactly where they want to be – positioned to win it all once again.
Finishing second in the Eastern Conference at 54-28, the Heat coasted down the stretch to end the season with a record of 11-14 in their last 25 games. The thing is, if there’s another Championship parade in June, the end of the regular season will be a distant memory for Heat fans and players.
With their first round series set to open up against the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami’s head coach, Eric Spoelstra, had this to say: “We’ll be tested. Our guys understand that we embrace the competition. When you get into this second season you have no idea what’s going to happen. That competition, the fierce competition, it either brings out the best in you or it brings out something else. Our guys, they thrive on this time of the year. That doesn’t guarantee anything, but everybody is looking forward to getting started”.
Although the Heat have dramatically down shifted since their last meeting with Charlotte, King James did go off against the inferior Bobcats in their last matchup with an all-time high 61 points. As many great teams throughout sports history have been able to turn on that proverbial switch, the question still remains for the Heat – can they turn their game into overdrive?
With the best player in the league in LeBron James, along with a star studded cast featuring Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat are focused once again. As both fans and opponents know too well, once the stakes are at their highest, the Heat are virtually unstoppable.
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