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Last season, the Miami Heat shocked the NBA world by signing Lebron James and Chris Bosh to lengthy contracts to create what is now known as the “Big 3″ as they teamed up with Dwayne Wade.  The trio of Superstars fought through adversity last season and ended up battling the Dallas Mavericks for the NBA Championship, eventually losing in 6 games to Dirk Nowitzki and company.

To the Heat organization, last season was considered a failure.  After all, the purpose of putting Wade, James and Bosh together was supposed to be winning multiple Championships in a row, so anything less would be deemed an Epic FAIL.

The Heat got off to a slow start last year barely floating above .500 and looked l;ike they were battling roster chemistry and at times appeared to be lost on the court.  They tried to find their team identity, and more importantly…their cohesiveness.  As the season wore on, it became clear Head Coach Erik Spoelstra had fine tuned his roster to the point where they were finally working as one and got over the hump and had become an elite team.

Fast forward to this season and we find the Heat in a very familiar position.  Not the slow starting team from last year, but rather the unstoppable force that doesn’t appear capable of slowing down anytime soon that we saw at the end of last season.

Entering the 2011-2012 campaign, Lebron had a chip on his shoulder after he was accused of quitting and giving up last year and from the looks of things, he is playing like it.  Through 3 games, James is averaging 32.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.7 blocks per contest.  These numbers are staggering if you consider his career stats and the level he is currently playing at.  He appears to be playing on another planet and the only people that are playing on it with him are his teammates.  Lebron is on a mission and it looks like the rest of the NBA should be concerned.

Although this team has quickly become James’ team, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh are integral to the success of the Heat and their journey to winning it all this year.  Each of them bring an intangible to the table that can’t be matched by any other duo in the league at this point when combined with James’ dominance.  But it gets better for the Heat, for they have shored up their roster through some shrewed and calculated transactions during the shortened NBA off-season thanks to Pat Riley.

The signing of Shane Battier to their roster proves how serious the Heat are about winning it all during this shortened NBA season.  Battier has forever been known for his defensive toughness.  Battier along with the hopeful return to form of Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem should warrant consideration for the Heat to having the most dominant roster in the entire League. 

Although it has only been 3 games thus far, the Miami Heat have dominated opposing teams and the “Big 3″ are running wild averaging 68.4 points per game and proving to the rest of the NBA that they mean business this year and appear (at the moment) to be unstoppable.


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