NBA Finals 2011: 8 Reasons LeBron James and the Miami Heat Will Win

Pat MarrujoContributor IMay 30, 2011

NBA Finals 2011: 8 Reasons LeBron James and the Miami Heat Will Win

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    MIAMI, FL - MAY 24:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on against the Chicago Bulls in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 24, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly
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    In a  rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, the Mavericks are seeking revenge against the Miami Heat.

    However, they will not get it.

    Miami will win the series and the Mavericks will once again be labelled choke artists against the star-studded Heat.

    Here are the eight reasons why the Miami Heat will defeat the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals.

8. Miami’s Perimeter Defense

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    MIAMI, FL - MAY 24:  Head coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat talks with Mario Chalmers #15 against the Chicago Bulls in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 24, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florid
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    When Mario Chalmers is at point guard for the Heat, their perimeter defense is one of the best in the NBA.

    With Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chalmers, the Heat match up well against any team’s perimeter players. Their size and speed make them a nightmare for anyone.

    With Dirk Nowitzki being the only scoring big man on their team, I feel the series will come down to how well the Mavericks' perimeter players shoot the ball.

    With Chalmers, Wade and James guarding them, don’t expect huge numbers.

7. Dallas Relies on the Three

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 25:  Jason Terry #31 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts in the fourth quarter while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May 25, 2011 in
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    What do Peja Stojakovic, J.J. Barea and Jason Terry all have in common?

    They are the key bench scorers for the Mavericks and they all rely on the three-point shot, something that may not bode well for them against the Heat.

    As I stated in the previous slide, Miami has great perimeter defense and should be able to hang with these guys outside.

    If Miami can limit Dallas’ three-point looks, their offense will suffer. The Mavericks will be forced to win the game in the paint.

6. Star Power

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 1: Chris Bosh #1, LeBron James #6 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat sit on the bench in the final minutes of a basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on April 1, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Heat
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    In the playoffs of any sport, especially basketball, I feel most confident in teams that have the most superstars.

    In this matchup, the team with more stars is obvious. Dallas has Dirk Nowitzki and a once-great Jason Kidd while Miami has Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, each in their prime.

    Stars make big plays, and it takes big plays to win championships.

5. The Mavericks Will Not Be Able to Guard the Heat

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    The Mavericks have to choose whether they want to try to slow down LeBron James or Dwyane Wade. This is because they only have one player who can guard either of them.

    That player is Shawn Marion.

    Marion will more than likely guard James, leaving Jason Kidd guarding Wade.

    Wade has superior speed to Kidd's and should have no problem getting by the veteran. Kidd had success guarding Kevin Durant at times last series, but Wade is a very different player.

4. Multiple Players to Guard Dirk Nowitzki

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 25:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts late in the fourth quarter before the Mavericks defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-96 in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines
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    It might be impossible to shut down Dirk, so the best option is to not allow him to get into a rhythm. The best chance the Heat have to do this is throwing different defenders at him.

    Miami has about five different options, the best being LeBron James.

    James is tough because of the combination of his size and athleticism. He is big enough to get in the face of Dirk and is quick enough to contain him.

    Expect LeBron and the Heat to slow up Dirk as effectively as anyone has during the playoffs.

3. Wade Is the Best Second Option

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    MIAMI, FL - MAY 24:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on as LeBron James #6 stands in the background against the Chicago Bulls in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 24, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in M
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    LeBron James is clearly the first scoring option for the Miami Heat. Due to James, Dwyane Wade has become the best sidekick in the NBA.

    During the playoffs, Wade has averaged 23.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

    It has to be easy to have Wade to pass out to when you cannot get a good shot off.

    This dynamic duo makes the Heat virtually unstoppable at times.

2. History Says so

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 21:  Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban looks on in the first quarter as the Mavericks take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Oklahoma City Arena on May 21, 2
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    The label given to the Mavericks when they entered the playoffs was that they are an old team that does not know how to win in the postseason.

    So far they have proven that statement to be false. However, they will not shake their “choke artist” label until they win the NBA title.

    If history has taught us anything, then we should all expect Dallas to lose this series.

    But I guess there has to be a first time for everything. I just would not count on it.

1. LeBron James Is the Best

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    For years, I have always felt that the NBA was Kobe Bryant’s league. He was the best and most dominant player alive.

    However, this season marks the passing of the torch. LeBron James has finally taken over as the best basketball player alive.

    He has a long way to go before his greatness deserves to be compared to the likes of Michael Jordan and Bill Russell, but he could eventually be on his way.

    James is learning how to close games and has become more of a leader.

    The 2011 NBA Finals could be the start of a dynasty.