MIAMI Look closely, LeBron James. The team that arrives on your home turf Wednesday night isn't just a threat to some regular-season game in April.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and its star Kevin Durant are a threat to everything that matters to your legacy: your chance at winning a championship this season, Pat Riley's all-in bet that landing the Big Three was the greatest free-agent coup in NBA history, and your tattooed belief that you are this era's basketball Chosen One.
The Thunder aren't just an interesting test of where this Heat team is as it comes out of a 3-3 stretch that includes big losses at Oklahoma City and Boston and Tuesday's 99-93 win against Philadelphia, which extended Miami's home win streak to 16.
The Thunder are a rising force that has the potential redefine how this Heat team, and LeBron James, will be remembered years from now.
It wasn't supposed to be this way, not now, not so soon. The Thunder's time was supposed to be a few years down the road, when y...