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Roundtable: What's next for Heat, Thunder after NBA Finals?

June 23, 2012
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What is the biggest threat to a Heat repeat?

Ian Thomsen: The biggest threat is from the Heat themselves. They must continue to find cheap help in free agency and the draft that will enable them to compete athletically around their three stars. Somehow they need to come up with an agile big man to provide length defensively around the basket. They must also hope for continued good health from 30-year-old Dwyane Wade, whose body has been hammered over the years. The length of Miami's title run is going to depend on Wade. At the same time, the Eastern Conference figures to be theirs to take without much of a fight because the Celtics will be yet another year older (if they're able to bring back Kevin Garnett) and Derrick Rose will be coming off major knee surgery for the Bulls. The Heat will believe they can deal with Oklahoma City, based on the lopsided 4-1 result of the NBA Finals, and there are no other credible title contenders likely to show major improvement apart from the possibility that the Mavericks could assemble a Big Three of their own around Dirk Nowitzki.



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