I am writing this with 40 minutes to go until the start of the NBA Finals.
The butterflies are coming back. Those same butterflies we all get from any Game 7 or important contest. I'm not even a part of this organization in anyway other than wearing their merchandise and having the 'Miami Heat Featured Columnist' label for this website, yet I am busting at the seams in anticipation for the series that will soon be bestowed upon in the most dramatic of fashions.
It's been a roller coaster ride of a season for the Heat. Not in the context of them having terrible stretches of play like last year, but in the context of injuries and unexpected poor and unexpected play taking part. This team has been all over the place in terms of them dealing with adversity throughout the course of the regular season.
However, it's been the postseason that has showed just how truly resilient this team is. The Heat faced it when Chris Bosh went down, when they were down 2-1 against Indiana, when they were down 3-2 against Boston and will probably face it again at some point in this upcoming series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. What the majority of us have yet to realize is that this team has no quit and a lot of heart.
Following an incredible conference playoff run, the Heat find themselves in the Finals for the second consecutive time. They'll be looking for redemption after a failed run last year that ended in a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks in their own house. This year should be a completely different story as the Heat play a far more different opponent.
We take a look at how the Heat roster, including the head coach, have fared this season by grading each and every one of them.