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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Feb 19 2013 @ 8:55 am In Miami Heat | No Comments

The Miami Heat emerge from the all-star break as the clear cut favorite to win the NBA Championship, again.  LeBron James is playing at an MVP level, Dwyane Wade appears to be healthy, and the Heat have been taking down some of the top teams in the NBA before the break.  So can they be stopped?  Are there any teams that pose a serious threat to the reigning NBA Champs?

Yes and yes.  As good as the Heat look, there are a couple of teams that could pose problems for Miami.  Indiana and their size cause the Heat fits, while LA, the Clippers not the Lakers, could be a total nightmare for Bron and Co.  In addition, San Antonio cannot be counted out as of yet.  The Spurs have continued to develop throughout the years, and while their core is still Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, they have a lot of good players and play the best fundamental basketball in the NBA.

The Heat enter the home stretch of the season on a 7-game winning streak and own a 4-game lead over New York for the #1 seed in the East.  All signs point to a third consecutive Finals appearance, and for the first time in three seasons, nobody is questioning if the pieces of the Heat’s “big 3″ fit together.

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