Whether the season is 82 games, 50 like the last lockout-shortened season or less, the Heat will win the championship.
Rarely has such a successful team been so scrutinized and criticized. Of course, the Heat brought some of that upon themselves. But think about it: The Heat came within two victories of a title in their first season together after landing LeBron James and Chris Bosh in free agency.
James and Dwyane Wade will figure out how to play better together. Erik Spoelstra will continue to demand them to defend. And Udonis Haslem will be healthy. James and Wade are too talented not to win a title together and certainly will be motivated by failure - if you can call winning 58 games and an Eastern Conference championship that.