Who, If Anyone, Will Beat the Heat?
Cohen’s Analysis: Injuries derailed much of the competition last season. Just reflect on all these All-Star names: Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo, Danny Granger and Luol Deng. That’s a threatening and profound list of players who were absent for most or all of the playoffs.
There are a few teams with enough talent, if healthy, that could engulf the Heat. By acquiring Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and with Brook Lopez steadily improving and Deron Williams healthy, the Nets sure look on paper like the biggest threats.