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On several occasions during this year’s NBA playoffs, experts and fans alike declared the Miami Heat’s season over. This led to a lot of discussion of how their roster needed to be shuffled and at least one of the Big Three (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh) needs to be traded.But then a funny thing happened. The Heat didn’t lose. Their season didn’t end. And now LeBron and company are in the NBA Finals for the second year in a row.
And even if the Heat lose in the Finals, they will still be the favourites to return to the Finals in 2013. In fact, the path might be even easier next season.
The Boston Celtics will be another year older. The Orlando Magic are likely to trade Dwight Howard. The Chicago Bulls will be without Derrick Rose for most of the season.
Will the Heat fear the New Jersey Nets if they acquire Dwight Howard? Not likely. Are the Heat going to be afraid of the Indiana Pacers or the Philadelphia 76ers? No. The New York Knicks? C’mon.
So maybe we can stop talking about how the Heat need to trade players and recognise that this is already one of basketball teams in the NBA that is only going to get better.
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