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Can anyone challenge the Miami Heat to win the NBA Championship?

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By David Silverberg
Posted Mar 12, 2013 in Sports
As an NBA fan, I can't help but admire the Miami Heat. Their offense is fun to watch, their defense can clog lanes faster than NYC traffic and they work as a team, moving the ball from end to end to find an open man.
Oh yeah, it also helps to have all-star LeBron James on your squad.
Miami is now on an 18-game win streak. They lead the East by a whopping nine games to second-place New York. They don't show any signs of slowing down.
So will the NBA Finals be boring? No matter who comes out from the West - Oklahoma, San Antonio, L..A. Clippers - do they stand a chance against the heavily-favoured Heat?
I'm all for best-team-wins but I hate lopsided wins. I like competition in sports. That's what makes it exciting. I don't want to see a sweep, even if LeBron alley-oops have incredible replay value. I want to see some nail-biters, some tight defense against the league's best players.
If any team can overtake the Heat, it'll be the Thunder. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are two incredibly talented players, and Oklahoma's defense can be wonderfully stingy when they're on point. Thing is, they can be inconsistent (look at their terrible loss against the Spurs [url=http://www.nba.com/games/20130311/OKCSAS/gameinfo.html?ls=iref:nbahpgt[0021200944] t=_blank]recently) and they need their bench players to step up in crunch time.
Whoever faces off against the Heat come April, I hope we see a competitive series. And who knows, maybe the Lakers will pull off some upsets and we'll finally see the much-anticipated Kobe vs. LeBron match-up NBA fans have been dying to watch.

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