NBA's best elevate themselves

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With just a few days left in the regular season, the NBA finds itself in a similar place that it did last June.

The Spurs have been the thoroughly dominant team for a few weeks, and appear to be the class of the league, while the Miami Heat are dealing with some injures, but still seem to be the best in the east, and still have LeBron, which should tilt the odds in their favor.

The two veteran teams have had very different springs heading into the playoffs, with the Spurs recently ending a 19-game winning streak, and the Heat still looking for consistent rotations, particularly with all the time Dwyane Wade has missed this season. 

The numbers are similar to last season with Miami and San Antonio first and second in field goal percentage once again, and both teams around the top of the league in point differential.

This season looks like it may just be a repeat of last year, with two extremely similar teams to last season squaring off for the Larry O'Brien trophy.

The fading Pacers, at the moment, don't look to be much of a challenge for Miami, but the monkey wrench could be thrown into the road to the rematch in the form of a healthy Oklahoma City. 

The Thunder did have the best record in the NBA a year ago, and did just end that 19-game winning streak that vaulted the Spurs into the top spot in the west.

Either way, it works out well for the league, with its most gracefully aging superstar since Kareem, in Tim Duncan, with another opportunity to ride off into the sunset with his last ring, or the two best players on the planet squaring off in a more mature version of the 2012 championship round.

The end of the regular season can't come fast enough.

LeBron James
NBA Playoffs
Miami Heat

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