Heat vs. Thunder: Miami Heat Will Repeat as NBA Champions in 2013

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJune 23, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat answers questions from the media next to the Larry O'Brien Finals Championship trophy during his post game press conference after they won 121-106 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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LeBron James and the Miami Heat aren't satisfied after winning their first NBA title since the infamous decision two summers ago, and that's why they will repeat as champions in 2013.

Miami roared back in the 2012 NBA Finals to win four straight against the young and talented Oklahoma City Thunder after dropping Game 1 on the road. The Heat's performance in those four games was nearly unbeatable and showed glimpses of a dynasty in the making.

James' Finals averages were flat out eye-popping. In five games against the Thunder, James averaged 28.6 PPG, 10.2 RPG and 7.4 APG on 47 percent shooting from the field.

That being said, it's not all that unlikely that the Heat return to win it all a year from now. After all, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers won back-to-back NBA crowns in 2009 and 2010 after losing in the Finals in 2008. 

The Big Three are two-for-two in Eastern Conference finals series, and one-for-two in their quest for the coveted ring. Not bad at all.

With a relatively young core of LeBron, 27, Dwyane Wade, 30 and Chris Bosh, 28, the Heat will be favored to win the East for the next five to six years. Their only long-term challenger to the throne looks to be the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have a Big Three of their own. 

Though a Thunder-Heat rematch will be the popular choice for the 2013 Finals at the start of next season, the Heat now hold a powerful mental edge over the Thunder, who must regroup this offseason in order to even get through the rugged Western Conference and back to the Finals.

Even scarier for the rest of the league though is that James now has his first NBA championship. Although it took nine seasons to accomplish, James has finally been vindicated and will now only become a more feared assassin. 

With the pressure not only off of LeBron, but off the shoulders of the entire Miami Heat franchise, the Heat will excel behind their superstar core and the smart role additions made by their front office. 

Superb young players like Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole speak to the future the Heat have as one of the best built franchises in sports at the moment. 

The Miami Heat are the best the NBA has to offer right now, and that's why they will repeat as NBA champions in 2013. 


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