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After injuries to Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard, the Miami Heat seemed to have the path clear to the NBA Finals. Now the injury bug has taken its talents to South Beach and the Heat will be without Chris Bosh against the Indiana Pacers.
If Miami can get by Indiana, Bosh could be back and they could keep rolling to the NBA Finals. However, make no mistake: the Pacers are no pushover. They gave the top-seeded Chicago Bulls a tough series last season and have improved vastly since then. The Heat have the series' two best players, but the Pacers might have the third through 10th best.
Without a legitimate two-way big man, and the 7'2" Roy Hibbert clogging things down for Wade and James, LeBron will have to play virtually every position. In short, he will have to do what Magic Johnson did in 1980. The difference is Magic had to do it for a game. LeBron will have to do it for a series.
The good news for LeBron: if he succeeds, it will add to his legacy as one of the best individual playoff performances. The bad news: if he fails, the Heat will enter year three looking for NBA Championship number not two, not three, not four, but one.
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