The Miami Heat have disappointed us this regular season. It’s not as if we thought that they would make an almighty 66-game run all the way to the postseason, but something a tad more consistent than what we saw last year would have done the trick.
Miami came into this season with a target on its back and has fallen short of spectacular, because as a franchise with such firepower in its acclaimed "Big Three," they are expected to be great even when they cannot.
Everyone expects the Heat to be inconsolably amazing at times when they are only putting their human irregularities on display. Blame it on their addiction to greatness or the spotlight. The Heat have built such a cosmic brand and created such a myopic point of view towards their shortcomings that when they are exhumed it creates an uproar that sends their potential in a downward spiral.
If you know better, you know best. Miami has accelerated its synchronicity so rapidly that it is only in the worst frame of mind can one imagine LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh walking away from this perpetuated supertrio in South Beach without a single shred of hardware to show for it.
That is how many rings you can expect James and the Heat to walk away from league eminence with. Were you looking for five, with a possible sixth? Not with Miami the way it is assembled.
James has another six or seven years of league dominance left in his legs before he falls to the bottom five of the top 10. This has been an MVP season (26.7 PPG, 6.6 APG, 8.3 RPG) for him despite the couple of games where he’s fallen short of glory. He has a better shot selection this season as well as taking advantage of the size disadvantage his defenders have around the rim.
Yet, the general concern does not rest on his shoulders. The concern lies with how long Wade will be the man standing between him and Bosh leading this franchise to the top of the league and through the Herculean task that the NBA Finals have always been.
Wade is a fluid player and a progressive athlete. Still, watching him this season, fans have been plagued with the idea that he may not be the man he once was for too much longer. James’ fluorescent years with Miami may exceed Wade’s influential seasons with the Heat and that will be the ultimate determinant of how long this organization will be able to be postseason dominant.
This is the reason why Miami will be held to three championships.
The Heat's potential has always been everlasting. However, with Wade on the wrong side of age in the league and superstar predecessors such as Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and even Chris Paul with the Los Angeles Clippers creeping quickly behind him and the Heat, it is hard to believe their strikes will outlast the youth and endurance of the up-and-comers.
Three rings for three kings are what this trio will have to settle for. “Not five, not six, not seven” is not something that will symbolize LeBron’s stint in Miami. Unfortunately, their proclamations’ assumed meaning will be proved wrong. However, it’s okay. After settling into himself, LeBron should be fine with everyone underrating him and masking his talents as statements of how lucky a player in the league can get.
The script was set. However, James and the Miami Heat were always geared to win “not five, not six, not seven." They won’t even win four.