Miami Heat: Comparing the 2006 Team to the 2011 Team, Which Was Better?

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Miami Heat: Comparing the 2006 Team to the 2011 Team, Which Was Better?
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The two most successful Miami Heat teams take each other on in a dream match-up as we pit the 2006 championship squad against the 2011 team that took the Dallas Mavericks to six games in this year's NBA Finals to see which roster would come out on top.

If only Fantasy Island were real.

The 2006 Miami Heat team wasn't always regarded as the best in the league. They finished the season with a second seed after only compiling a 50-32 record before going on to defeat the Chicago Bulls in six games, the New Jersey Nets in five games, and the defending Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons in six games before taking on the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals.

The story has already been said before many times, so I won't go in to specifics. Just know that Dwyane Wade tore the Mavericks a new one and led the team to a come-from-behind, six-game series win to secure the franchises first championship.

The 2011 Heat, on the other hand, were regarded as the best coming in, only to see their stock decline once we actually saw them play together. They had chemistry issues, as the three had trouble adjusting to their new niches before finally coming together and finishing their first season as a team with a 58-24 record.

Their postseason was the most impressive as they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in five games, the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics in five games, and then the team with the top record in the Chicago Bulls in five games.

It all came to a crashing thud though once they ran into the Dallas Mavericks. I won't get into specifics, so just know that Dirk Nowitzki tore the Heat a new one and won in six games in sort of come-from-behind fashion.

We compare these two teams in head-to-head match-ups, so make your bets now on who comes out on top between these juggernauts.

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