I admit the San Antonio Spurs can beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the Miami Heat look like the team to beat. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are practically unstoppable, once they take over a game in the second half.
What's even worse is that even the Spurs cannot handle these guys. Bruce Bowen, who gave LeBron so much problems in 2007, is now retired. Who do we have in his place? A rookie named Kawhi Leonard, who while one of the best rookies of this season's class, still has a lot to improve on defensively. And although Leonard and Danny Green are the two best wing defenders San Antonio has seen in a while, Miami is strongest at the wings.
The last time the Spurs faced the Heat, they got blown out in Florida, 98-120. Granted, Manu Ginobili was injured, we were trotting out a guy named Richard Jefferson at small forward, and the Spurs had yet to begin their phoenix-like resurgence.
Even more worryingly is that James and Wade are two of the league's darlings. Referees will swallow their whistles unless they do cheap shots (and even then they get off lightly; Wade's shove against Darren Collison was only deemed a flagrant-1), and so much as a minor touch will set off the whistles.
I want to believe this is the year Tim Duncan gets his fifth ring, but Miami seems to be the team to beat. They look unstoppable now.