Jun 20, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15) drives against San Antonio Spurs point guard Gary Neal (14) off of a pick by Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during the second quarter of game seven in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mario Chalmers knows Eastern Conference got tougher

It’s not like the Eastern Conference was a cake walk last year, but it did get a whole lot tougher this summer. The Miami Heat will clearly be contenders again with their big three of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets essentially merged in an effort to win an NBA title, with Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Paul Pierce teaming up with Deron Williams. The Chicago Bulls also get former MVP Derrick Rose back from injury.

The New York Knicks will be contenders again with Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert and Metta World Peace, who was in the West last season. The Indiana Pacers just acquired Luis Scola.

Heat guard Mario Chalmers knows the East is going to be harder to win next season.

“The East is going to be a beast this year,” Chalmers said, via the Associated Press. “It’s going to be tough competition every night. Brooklyn’s making moves, Indiana just got Luis Scola, Derrick Rose coming back to the Bulls, it’s going to be a tough Eastern Conference this year. At the same time, we’ll still do what we do to try to get that third championship that we want.”

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