NBA notebook: No one should crown Heat the champ just yet

The Western Conference might have someone capable of stealing championship from Miami.
By John Rohde Published: March 9, 2013

Back to the beach for Game 7, the game was tied at 73 entering the fourth quarter, but Miami broke loose to outscore the Celtics 28-15 in the final period to advance to the NBA Finals, where it beat the Thunder 4-1.

The Celtics had the Heat beat last year, and they let 'em off the hook.

Actually, the Heat nearly got hooked twice en route to last year's Finals, trailing the Indiana Pacers 2-1 in the semifinals before winning three straight to advance.

“They are who we thought they were.” – Green

Indeed, the Miami Heat are who we thought they were, it just took them a couple of seasons to get their act together and finally prove it.

Miami has won a franchise-record 17 straight games and is 5-0 since filming a “Harlem Shake” video that is nearing 40 million views on YouTube.

This year's Eastern Conference playoffs might turn out to be a pillow fight for the Heat, but the Western Conference playoffs have the makings of a fist fight involving at least five teams — the Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Grizzlies and Nuggets.

So if you want to crown the Heat, then crown 'em, but somebody out West might prove otherwise.

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