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The Heat have two of the most talented players in the NBA on one team. Period.
On top of that they have a top tier power forward in Chris Bosh and solid cast of role players. Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem and now Ronnie Turiaf give the team a boost when one or more of the Heat's big three isn't on the floor.
They have a staggering mix of unstoppable offense and unbreakable defense which both rank among the top of the NBA this year.
So why are they only number two?
Dwayne Wade has proven his worth in late-game situations but that remains something LeBron James must overcome before his team can take the next step to a title.
This is the most overused argument in the world but it doesn't mean it's not true. LeBron simply doesn't have the clutch factor that makes him a reliable option in the fourth quarter of meaningful games. His performances down the stretch in the playoffs last year were less than dominant and contributed to the Heat's loss to Dallas in the Finals.
LeBron is still one of the best basketball players in the world, and it's not like he doesn't know about his criticisms. I can definitely see him getting over this speed bump in his career, and if he does, a ring could be in his future.