The Miami Heat are going for a "Three Peat" this season, but that is going to be easier said than done with all of the moving and shaking that has been going on over this past off season. Players and coaches have moved around and some teams' stock have gone up and some teams have gone down. The usual suspects may have changed but the competition has turned up and there is going to be a tougher road to sled for LeBron and company. Let's look at some of the teams that will stand in the way of Miami.
In the East, the Miami Heat have to go back against the rival that has been created over the past couple years in the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers will be welcoming back Danny Granger, who has been out with a knee injury, and looking to prove that they can knock off Miami if given another shot. Also, the Chicago Bulls will be looking forward to the return of Derrick Rose and add him to the mix so that they can make a run to the NBA Finals. The Brooklyn Nets have changed their roster in order to push for a title by adding former Boston Celtics Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to go along with Jason Kidd, the Nets' new head coach. The Detroit Pistons have added some firepower in Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings and they too will be a force to be reckoned with in the East. So if the Miami Heat plan to make it back to the NBA Finals, they had better be ready to fight every night to get a win and the playoffs should be must see television to anyone who calls themselves a basketball fan.
If the Miami Heat are fortunate enough to make it back to the NBA Finals, the ride will not get any easier. The San Antonio Spurs still probably have one or two more runs in them and losing this past Finals to the Heat surely have made them hungrier. The Oklahoma City Thunder will also be in the mix with their point guard Russell Westbrook coming back to take the some of the load off of Kevin Durant. The Los Angeles Clippers have added JJ Reddick and Jared Dudley to boost their outside shooting to go along with their above the rim action and they have also snagged head coach Doc Rivers to put them in championship contention. The Houston Rockets believe that with their new big man, Dwight Howard, they are the lead dog out West. Also, out West are the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors who have tasted success and will be looking to go all the way this upcoming season.
This upcoming season should be one of the best, there are so many storylines and we can not wait to watch the action unfold.
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