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Miami Heat Season Preview: 6 Reasons They Are the Team to Beat
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Any basketball-loving Heat fan can tell you that Miami completely choked in the 2011 NBA Finals. It can't be excused by anyone.

It's also a known fact that LeBron James consistently had his struggles in the fourth quarter. Anyone who tries to use his triple-double as proof that he did not struggle is simply fighting a losing battle, much like the Heat did against Dallas.

However, throughout the playoffs, Miami didn't just beat Philly, they dismantled them.

They didn't beat Boston, they embarrassed them.

They didn't beat Chicago, they took them to the brink. And just when you thought Rose and the Bulls would crawl back into the series, Miami took the dagger and thrust it into the heart of the city.

For some odd reason, people get amnesia when talking about the Heat; they simply forget the good despite the fact that at one point during the playoffs, America's worst nightmare was about to become a reality.

Let's take a look at why people need to snap out of their 2011 Finals trance and start seriously worrying about the Miami Heat.

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