LeBron James & Co.: The Five Toughest Matchups Miami Will Face in the Playoffs

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LeBron James & Co.: The Five Toughest Matchups Miami Will Face in the Playoffs
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Unbeknownst to a lot of people who cover the Miami Heat or fall victim to their Hollywood appeal, the team consists of more than just LeBron James. Howbeit, James is still the team’s best player. Let’s not screw around: James is the league’s best player.

Still, we are treated to games where neither he nor Wade can be solely responsible for defeating the teams in the league with a fierce amount of fearlessness when it comes to facing the South Beach giants.

Against the Chicago Bulls, Wade and James were a two-man wrecking crew. They were functioning as the sole offensive edges Miami had to offer when the Bulls were constantly punching them in the mouth with collective efforts.

Be it a one-game slump or the other faces on the roster putting too much stock into Bron Bron and Flash, the game was lost in a heavy-hearted fashion. This match had postseason implications and Chicago walked away looking like refined contenders while Miami was shown the door in what was supposed to be a routing.

Last year’s MVP was absent with a groin injury that has kept him sideline for several games. Yet, the Chicago’s convergence of offense and John Lucas’ induction into the spotlight trumped anything they missed in Rose’s acrobatics and itchy trigger finger.

That is usually the tune Miami sings. Inconsistency is one of their only consistencies as they too often play cat-and-mouse with leads they are supposed to have a tight hold on.

Looking forward, LeBron and Wade cannot be the only ones in the game playing for all the chips. Third wheel Chris Bosh, streaky Mario Chalmers and Joel Anthony have to be prime participants.

The Dream Team will be met with resistance, however. There is not a single franchise that will step quietly into that white light allowing Miami to simply walk by with a series win under their belt.

Every man on this roster has a weakness and the starters are exposed routinely. Don’t think for one second opposing coaches are not taking note. They are running the tape backwards and forwards figuring out a way to best the NBA’s most enticing—and most exaggerated—squad in the nation.

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