One Bold Prediction for Every NBA Team Heading into 2013

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One Bold Prediction for Every NBA Team Heading into 2013
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Always criticized for his play, Westbrook will remain in the middle of heated discussion when he helps Durant and the Thunder win the 2012-13 Finals.

With a little over a third of the NBA regular season completed, there is still time for flip-flopping from offseason predictions and new rest-of-season foreshadowings. 

From early-season surprises like the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies to disappointments like the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets, there are storylines to be found in every nook and cranny across the league. 

Combine that with the early assortment of major injuries to players like Derrick Rose, Andrew Bynum, Andrew Bogut and Ricky Rubio, and there are many more narratives surfacing in the upcoming months. 

Over the next 50-plus games or so, teams will either look to reload for the stretch run, try to keep their momentum going or straight-up tank (see 2011-12 Golden State Warriors). 

These bold predictions aren't as bold when we take a deeper look at trends and likely projections that cast over the rest of the season. 

There won't be many be-all end-all predictions for each team, as this focuses on the micro-level projections of players, rotations and statistics. 

But for the sake of predictions, I do have the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Miami Heat in seven, with Russell Westbrook as the Finals MVP. 

How's that for bold?

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