Miami Heat: Far from Impressive Thus Far

Carlos IglesiaContributor IIIDecember 29, 2011

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 27:  LeBron James #6 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat look on during a game against the Boston Celtics at American Airlines Arena on December 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The media keeps praising this Miami Heat team as favorites to win an NBA championship title. Fans in Miami continue to believe D. Wade, Lebron James and Chris Bosh are simply invincible, head and shoulders above every other team. And now, with young star Norris Cole at point guard, they're even more "unbeatable."

Yet, we recently saw how the Orlando Magic of all teams, with a disgruntled and unmotivated Dwight Howard, beat the Miami Heat in the last preseason game.

Yet, we just saw an extremely close game against an old and depleted Boston Celtics team. Even without their captain Paul Pierce, the Miami Heat barely escaped with a close 115-107 victory in the final few minutes. Far from impressive performance.

And we just witnessed yesterday how the Charlotte Bobcats dominated the Miami Heat practically the entire game, with numerous double-digit leads. The same Charlotte Bobcats who are a mediocre ensemble of non-contenders by all standards and public opinion.

Somehow, the Miami Heat were able to win by just one point. 

Our new hero Norris Cole? Shot two points in eight attempts in over 16 minutes. With only one assist. Clearly, he is no CP3 or Steve Nash quite yet.

This compressed 66-game season is going to be a roller coaster, even for top contending teams like this formidable Miami Heat squad. With so many back-to-back games in this grueling season, they will get tired, if not injured. We already saw D. Wade sidelined and hurt last night. 

This Miami Heat team, favorites by many, will continue to prove their vulnerability. Especially when they face the other top contenders such as the Thunder or even the New York Knicks

Forget about the old Celtics without Pierce for now, even though Miami could hardly defeat them. Forget the Orlando Magic with a discouraged Dwight Howard wanting to be traded. They still just beat the Miami Heat. Forget the diminutive Charlotte Bobcats, who dominated the game last night and barely lost by one point.

We are talking other top contenders against the Miami Heat this condensed, complicated season. It will not be a walk in the park like many fans and media analysts seem to think.

This formidable Miami Heat has not won the 2012 NBA Championship title just yet, as we can already see this early on. They are very much in peril again, as the Dallas Mavericks proved last season in six Finals games.