Miami will win again. Lebron is the best right now and is getting better. Wade and Bosh will be healthy and the bench got better. Miami is the team that just showed us the evolution of today's game. Dwight Howard and a starting lineup with an avg age of 35yo aint gonna stop lebron now. Miami beat OKC because they have the best defense in the league when it counts. They were the only team that has the perimeter athletes to defend and defeat OKC. Lakers still dont have that and OKC can defend the lakers much better than lakers can defend them. I still say OKC vs MIA and MIA wins. But if LAL advance to finals they can not defend LBJ and the six 3 pt threats(miller jj chalmers allen lewis battier), nash and kobe wont dominate the elite perimeter defense, howard and gasol will be drawn out to three, and the heat help and recover from the paint best in the league. The lakers have no answer for the heat fast break nor the heat bench. Finally, Spoelstra is light years ahead of Mike Brown right now. Mike Brown won't win the chess match. The heat have too many versatile players and combinations for a team with one young star to handle whether it be defense or offense. The heat are full of players that play multiple positions well and they just beat the best offense in basketball in the finals. Heat defense will have no problem stuffing anyone but the lakers will have their hands full (or should I say dwight howard) stopping OKC or the Heat because their perimeter defenders will put an overwhelming amount of pressure on howard to defend and stay out of foul trouble. If lakers meet MIA, he will have a hard time staying under the cup to even be effective. If I were a laker fan i would be pumped too because you guys are the Yankies. You always get what you want, but schematically and athletically, I don' t see how vs OKC or MIA that 1 athletic young player that is great defensively is gonna get you past an improved OKC and MIA team as the lakers have essentially gotten even older this offseason and the coach remained the same. Lakers have a shot for certain because of the caliber and resumes of the added players but I am not putting them ahead of MIA or OKC just yet. They gotta defend those teams in a 7 game series with old legs
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