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Are Dwight Howard and the Rockets a threat to the Heat?

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Howard has found yet another team, the Houston Rockets. Dwight Howard left Kobe and the bright lights of LA, for James Harden and the Houston Rockets, forming another elite team in the NBA. Wait, can we call them elite yet? Even though they have yet to play a second of NBA basketball as a team?

In spite of what LeBron James said after the NBA Finals this year, the words "I ain't got no worries", there are some NBA teams he should be having worries about going into the 2013-2014 season. Chicago has Derrick Rose coming back off an injury, believe it or not. Indiana Pacers took Miami to a deciding Game 7, and the Spurs were just a rebound away from beating the Heat in the NBA Finals. Those 3 teams are a threat to the Heat next year without a doubt, but will the Houston Rockets find themselves on this list soon?

A very obvious weakness that was majorly exposed during the NBA playoffs for Miami was size. Chris Bosh had a very tough time guarding Roy Hibbert to say the least, Bosh didn't look like his normal self. Tim Duncan did the same, and some Chris Bosh trade rumors started to heat up, no pun intended.

In Bosh's defense, he arguably had the biggest offensive rebound in Miami Heat history in Game 6 of the Finals, which led to Ray Allen's ever so clutch 3 which tied the game.

The Houston Rockets have that. They have Dwight Howard, who is one of the best centers in the league.

Another weakness from the Heat was just simply defense at times, specifically guarding the 3 ball. Danny Green and Gary Neal ate up the Heat in the Finals. A lot of it was just that they can shoot, but they were wide open for a good portion of those.

Something the Rockets roster as of right now is lacking is elite 3 point shooters. Floor spacing is a major issue for them. They don't have a Danny Green, a Ray Allen, a Mike Miller, or even a Gary Neal. Behind James Harden, they don't even have a good shooting guard, until the Rockets can fix that, they can't be elite.

Floor Spacing was the first Rockets weakness we spoke of, another one is just experience playing together. Dwight Howard and James Harden might have played some pick up games together in the past, but that doesn't compare to NBA basketball. Not only have they not played together in the NBA, but it's not like James Harden has been with the Rockets forever, he is still adjusting from OKC to Houston. He's still getting used to Kevin McHale and all the Rockets players.

Not only are the Rockets not one of the elite teams in the NBA quite yet, they're not even the best team in their own STATE. The Spurs are superior to the Rockets, and again, were only 1 rebound away from an NBA championship. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili have been playing with each other for thousands of years anyways, which is a huge advantage over the Rockets. OK, that might be a slight exaggeration....a slight one.

So going into the 2013-2014 NBA season, Dwight Howard, James Harden, or anyone associated with the Houston Rockets organization, should be the least of LeBron James' worries, and the rest of the Miami Heat team.

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