The Miami Heat knocked off the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in last season's NBA Finals and continued their dominance over the young Thunder with a season sweep this year, featuring a 103-97 victory on Christmas Day and a 110-100 thumping in OKC on Valentine's Day.
The Thunder have played outstanding basketball for the majority of the season, even looking like the best team in the league at points this year.
However, the Thunder haven't quite been able to crack the Heat to this point, with Miami winning the team's past six meetings. There's no doubt that Oklahoma City is just as talented and athletic as the Heat, but the defending champions still hold some clear advantages over the Thunder.
Miami holds an edge in the intangibles of experience, ability to close and mental toughness.
While the Thunder might be nipping at the Heat's heels, Miami isn't quite ready to concede its crown to OKC yet.