2011 NBA Playoffs: Why the Miami Heat Will Never Have a Fairy Tale Ending

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2011 NBA Playoffs: Why the Miami Heat Will Never Have a Fairy Tale Ending
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The Miami Heat are the most talented team in the NBA, period.  

There is no sense arguing this point because, not only do they have two of the top five players in the league, but they also have three of the top 15.  No team in the history of sports has ever had as much talent, athleticism or pressure to perform as the Heat do.

And to this point in the playoffs and to the chagrin of many Heat haters, they have not disappointed. With both the Dallas Mavericks and the aforementioned Heat extending their respective series leads to 3-1, we can now look forward to the prospective matchup between these two teams.  

What the Mavericks have done in this postseason has been nothing short of remarkable.  

They have fought through adversity during the Portland series after blowing a 20-plus-point lead in Game 4, they defied the odds by dismantling the two-time defending champion Lakers in a sweep and in the Western Conference Finals they battled back from a 15-point deficit in the final five minutes in Game 4 to shock Kevin Durant, who had already considered the series to be 2-2 when he strapped on Aaron Rodgers' belt before Dallas made their run.  

Dirk Nowitzki has emerged as the premier closer in the NBA and has captivated audiences with his circus shots and near-perfect efficiency as he searches for redemption and his own chapter in the history books after the Mavs' debacle in the 2006 Finals against, who else but the Miami Heat.  

In the twilight of his career, Jason Kidd, a former superstar in this league, has completely altered his game to fit Rick Carlisle's system and, with the help of Dirk Nowitzki, has become an assassin from the three-point line.  

These players, along with so many others on this desperate Mavericks team, are scratching, clawing and struggling to capture this elusive NBA championship, which, for many of them, including Nowitzki and Kidd, would be their first.  

For the Miami Heat, however, this postseason has been a different story.  

Miami physically overmatched a young 76ers">Philadelphia 76ers team, beat up on an old and battered Celtics team that was playing with a one-armed All-Star point guard and has shown Derrick Rose that if he wants to contend for a trip to the Finals in the Eastern Conference, then he should call up Dwight Howard and any other disgruntled superstars he can find to make a deal.  

For LeBron James, he can never win back many of the fans he lost after "The Decision" who were saddened by the lack of confidence he showed as he gave up on his dream to be, as his tattoo says, "The Chosen One" to take over MJ's throne.  

For Dwyane Wade, the assembling of "The Heatles" in Miami meant admitting that his championship in 2006 was more of Shaq's doing than his own and signaling to his fans that adding only Chris Bosh would not be enough either.  

Now Wade can never earn the respect in the eyes of many basketball purists that would put him in the discussion for the greatest players of all-time, no matter how many championships he wins.  

In short, the Mavericks, unlike the Heat, have suffered for a shot at this title.  The Heat, should and will be the favorite in this series because they have much more firepower than the Mavs do, however, winning this championship will not rectify the damage caused by "The Decision," nor will it make all the criticism of the Heat go away.  

The Miami Heat will continue to be hated in the basketball community because they bought this championship.  They took the easy way out and for that they will never be forgiven.  The Mavericks have loved and lost which makes their story magical.  

What have the Heat done to show us that they are heroes and not just the villains? 

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