Almost all Miami Heat fans are expecting an NBA championship next season. Often, I’ve wondered if that expectation is too high. The answer is a resounding no! As a Heat fan, you should be expecting nothing less. Here’s why I think the Miami Heat are guaranteed to win the next NBA championship.
We all remember the infamous South Beach celebration when Lebron guaranteed an excess of 7 championships. However, that is not why you should be expecting a championship.
The stats speak for themselves. Take a look at the progression of the Miami Heat last season beginning with their opening loss to the Celtics. They had 8 losses in the first 20 games playing together as the big 3 which turned out to be their worst stretch of the season. They only lost twice over the following 20 games seemingly to prove to the world that they were a legitimate team. They went into cruise control after that. With this experience behind them, they understand as a team how to play in the regular season and secure one of the top spots for the playoffs.
Does anyone remember the playoffs? It was heavily understated in the media the relative ease it took for the Miami Heat to make it to the playoffs. The two teams that everyone thought the Heat could not beat ended up being destroyed. The Heat defeated each of their Eastern Conference opponents 4 games to 1. Sure, at some point in a few games it was close but winning a series in 5 games is a clear sign of domination. If they can beat the two other powerhouses in the east with such ease, there is no doubt they will be making it to the finals.
Now the question is who will they face in the finals? It doesn’t matter. Take a look at how the Heat matched up against the top teams from the West last season. The number 2 Lakers lost twice to the Heat last season by a combined 22 points. The Heat went 1-1 against the top seeded Spurs. Their loss came on a back to back in which Gary Neal and Matt Bonner combined for 34 points. Either way, when was the last time the Spurs didn’t choke in the playoffs?
Dallas had the Heat’s number last year but Miami will be better for it. The only real thing stopping the Heat is an NBA Labor agreement.