5 Ways Miami Heat Are Better in 2013 Than Title-Winning 2012 Campaign

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5 Ways Miami Heat Are Better in 2013 Than Title-Winning 2012 Campaign
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The good times continued for the Miami Heat in Game 1 against Milwaukee.

There was nothing wrong with Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings showing a little confidence in himself and his team by declaring, "I could see us winning the series in six." 

After all, as he noted, "What am I supposed to say?" 

Making it happen, however, is another matter, and Sunday's Game 1 showed why the Bucks have absolutely no chance of that. They're a limited squad, dependent on two shot-happy guards to carry the offense. 

And they're not facing the 2011 Miami Heat or even the 2012 Miami Heat.

They're facing the 2013 Miami Heat, a team that ended the regular season by winning 37 of 39 games, that has become stronger mentally over time and that has a much deeper roster than it did during the past two postseasons. 

Two seasons ago, Joel Anthony got the fourth-most minutes in the postseason. 

Now he is the team's 12th or 13th man. 

LeBron James' comments after he scored 27 points on just 11 shots best embody that depth.

"We have so many threats out on the floor, it allows me to just play," James said. "We have so many guys who can also make plays." 

They do, and that's why they should steamroll the Bucks.

The Bucks shouldn't feel too badly about it, since the same is likely going to happen to the Brooklyn Nets next. 

(All quotes for this piece were collected through the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post. All statistics are accurate as of Monday afternoon.) 

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