Whether you love them or hate them, the Miami Heat are back in the NBA Finals. Unlike last year, however, the path here was no easy task. The Heat endured a physical second-round series against the Indiana Pacers that saw Chris Bosh go down with an abdomen injury in Game 1. The Heat would pull away without Bosh and beat Indiana in six games, setting up an Eastern Conference Finals showdown with the Boston Celtics.
After winning the first two games of the series, Miami dropped three straight and were on the brink of elimination. However, a huge 45-point effort by LeBron James in Game 6 and a furious fourth-quarter run in Game 7 saved the Heat’s season.
Now, Miami finds itself back in position to silence all its critics and doubters. They are four wins away from the second NBA Championship in franchise history, but in their way is a team that is equally as talented and every bit as determined to walk away with an NBA title.
Here are five reasons the Oklahoma City Thunder will break the hearts of the Miami Heat and win the NBA title.