June 9, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) is defended by Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) during the second quarter in game seven of the 2012 NBA Eastern Conference finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Heat-Boston Celtics Game 7 Reaction: The Heat are back

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The Miami Heat didn’t have the perfect season this year. After making it to the NBA Finals last year and losing, they were supposed to come out this season more prepared, better and stronger.

It didn’t happen, unless you only watch LeBron James play on this team.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh battled injuries this season including in the playoffs. The team finished with the second-best record in the East despite the Bulls playing much of their season without Derrick Rose.

The Heat seemed to take a step back. They did, except for LeBron who came out and won his third MVP in four years with one of his best seasons ever especially from an efficiency standpoint.

In the playoffs it did not at first all come together for Miami. They had no trouble with New York in the first round but then they started to stumble against Indiana in the next round.

Bosh went down with an injury that kept him out until Game 5 of the East Finals and it forced the LeBron and Wade show to manifest.

It was cool to watch, the duo combining for huge numbers together with not much help from other Heat role players. It worked enough and the Heat took a 2-0 series advantage over Boston.

Then the Celtics came back, stopped looking so old, started looking more Rondo and an upset was suddenly in the realm of possibility.

The Celtics went up 3-2 with a chance to close out the series on their home floor but LeBron wouldn’t have any of it, putting in one of the great performances of his career 45-15-5, and extending the series to seven back home.

Game 7 went as scripted. The Celtics didn’t quite have enough despite some impressive shot making but everything seemed too difficult for the Celtics. It was just a matter of time for the Heat to dispose of them. They pulled away at the end with the help of some Bosh threes and that was that.

After beating the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night, it all seems ok now for the Heat. They made it back to the NBA Finals, right where they were last year and it feels like they are ready for the challenge.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be waiting for them in OKC Tuesday night for Game 1 of the Finals. The Thunder closed out the San Antonio Spurs in the West Finals in Game 6 Wednesday night and have been playing better basketball than any team in the playoffs, including Miami.

The series will be epic, there’s no way around it. The two best players in the league play the same position and they will be guarding each other the entire series.

Game 1 will be Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Tags: Boston Celtics Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 Kevin Durant LeBron James Miami Heat NBA Finals NBA Playoffs Oklahoma City Thunder

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