By Sam Richmond
The Miami Heat are the odds-on favorite to win their third straight NBA Championship this June.
But let’s not crown them just yet. Another parade in South Beach is far from a lock.
There are three possible playoff scenarios that could result in a summer of unrest in Miami. Let’s break them down!
Heat Can’t Stop Roy Hibbert…Again
Roy Hibbert is a very good basketball player when he faces the other 29 teams in the NBA (career averages of 11.3 points and 6.9 rebounds).
But when he faces the small-ball Heat, Hibbert transforms into an elite, unstoppable big man. The 7’2″ center dominated Miami in the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals to the tune of 22.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
The Heat must do a better job of containing Hibbert when Miami and Indiana ultimately face off in the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals. If the Pacers ultimately are able to knock off the Heat, Hibbert will be the reason. His superb rim-protection skills help slow down LeBron, he’s been able to overpower Chris Bosh and Co. on offense and he gives the Pacers an enormous rebounding advantage.
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