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Who has the best chance to beat the heat

Who has the best chance out of any nba team to beat the heat? For me the celtics matchup the best with rondo at pg.


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Lakers

they match up actually pretty well against the Heat

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Lakers, they have a good

Lakers, they have a good matchup for the Heat

Also, I wouldnt count Bostons Big 3 out, they may be getting old, but when healthy, they are very effective, and then you throw in Rondo, and you have a damn good Heat vs Celtics matchup...

Man, I cant wait till opening night..

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Yeah, I see the Lakers and

Yeah, I see the Lakers and Celtics putting up a fight, I think the magic have no chance despite Dwight down low, after losing Barnes, who is thier small forward?

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The Lakers are the defending

The Lakers are the defending champs, I know the Heat have all the buzz right now, but I don't see them as the favorite. I think the Heat have the best chance of beating the Lakers, but I think Orlando is right on their heels.

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How the magic, I think they

How the magic, I think they matchup terribly with carter on wade, im not even sure after barnes is gone whos guarding lebron and rashard lewis on bosh, i think the big 3 for l.a. and boston have a way better chance

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Celtics , celtics and

Celtics , celtics and celtics, maybe lakers , but now the celtics have a solid core group with the addition of o'neal's duo von wafer will also help them and the improvement of rondo and glen davis will definitely help, and if they get fernandez from a trade , well the celtics i think will be the favorite to win .

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Peitrus is a good perimeter

Peitrus is a good perimeter defender and had success on Lebron in the past, also Brandon Bass is big enough and athletic enough to defend Bosh, and will have a bigger role on the team next year.

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Bass

Is not long enough to guard Bosh. Bass is very undersized. And to answer the question, clearly the Lakers with their size upfront.

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Bass has a long wingspan and

Bass has a long wingspan and a 8'10.5'' standing reach with a 33'' vertical. Bosh has a 9'1'' standing reach and the same vert, Bass is also stronger, I'm not saying Bass is going to lock him down, but he is a viable option to guard Bosh and I know Howard isn't a huge offensive threat, but is Joel Anthony and Big Z gonna hold him to under 20?

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Yeah

But Bass doesn't even play...Also, true, nobody can guard Howard, but nobody can guard Wade, LBJ and even Bosh to an extent (unless Howard guards him).

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Bosh is not unguardable but

Bosh is not unguardable but having to not double cover lebron without possibly leaving wade is tough. Thats y the lakers and c's have a way better chance, with all due respect to pietrus, its Lebron James

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I think Magic depending on

I think Magic depending on how will Howard plays with Miami's lack of quality bigs they also matchup at point guard where nelson has the edge over chalmers also to the guy who said who the magic have at sf they have pietrus who did a great job on Lebron in the 2009 playoffs

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Now I'm not saying these

Now I'm not saying these teams will beat the Heat but they have the best shot.

Lakers- Defending champs most well balanced team. Kobe match's up well with Wade, Pau with Bosh, and Artest is a great defender, not saying he can stop lebron but he'll make him work for everything. And if Bynum is healthy there's a big mismatch down low. I know that's a big if.

Boston- Rondo should wrack havoc on the Heat's PG's. Best defensive team in the league and a team that knows how to win in the playoffs.

Orlando- Dwight Howard should dominate vs the Heat.

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JoeWolf, you're acting like

JoeWolf, you're acting like if Dwight completely dominates. "Can they keep Dwight to 20?" Dwight Howard averages like 17ppg.

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JoeWolf, you're acting like if Dwight completely dominates. "Can they keep Dwight to 20?" Dwight Howard averages like 17ppg.

If we get Dwight of 2009 vs the Cavs then yea Dwight can Dominate.

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It has to be the Celtics or

It has to be the Celtics or Lakers. They both have the size to overwhelm the Heat inside. If Boston can stay healthy in the playoffs I can see them beating the Heat. Expect Shaq to get a lot of minutes in that series as he can still score inside far better than any of the other Boston centres. Plus, Heat don't have a dominant big man, so Perkins' ability to defend any big isn't quite as useful. Rondo will also be a difference maker, but look for Wade to pick him up and Chalmers to chase Allen around.

Lakers have Gasol has an edge on Bosh defensively, and if Bynum is at 100% for the playoffs he will have a field day against Big Z. Kobe can hold Wade and make him pay on the other end, don't be surprised if Kobe posts up Wade as much as possible. Fisher hits the big buckets and Brown can spend some time on Chalmers or Wade. Artest, Barnes and Ebanks can use their fouls/minutes to keep LeBron out of rhythm. Until Kobe starts to fade I still see the Lakers as having an edge.

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boston or magics will knock

boston or magics will knock off the heats this playoffs because their supporting cast f-ing sucks see when they made the 06 heat they had players that can still play at a high level but this heats team other then mike miller who do they have coming off the bench. Next year will be a different story cause 2011 has some pretty good players that will be free agents and they signed some one year deals so if them they say like the lakers if u want to win titles then u take a pay cut. But to sum it all up the heats will not make it out of the east alive this year

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Celtics and Lakers. They can

Celtics and Lakers.
They can switch off and have Lebron defend Kobe if he posts up Wade. Wade isn't a small guy outside of the 6'4" height. Make Wade pay on the other end, last I checked Wade is a pretty good defender.
More likely if Lebron is smart he'll get in the post and dominate other guys.

Celtics they have the bigs to slow down anyone and if they let Rondo and Nate do their thing with Pierce and Allen as shooters their rite there.
Orlando is just a great regular season team they aren't clutch in the playoffs.
Howard can't do much on offense unless its easy dunks or alley oops, both the Celtics and Heat have plenty of bigs to slow him down. Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis is key if they play great the Magic can beat anyone esp. if Lewis moves back to SF.

The better question is can anyone beat these 3 teams L.A., Boston, Miami

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Dwilks

ummmm.... what are you puffin on man? I want some of that.

The 2006 team had and old Jason Williams, a practically paralyzed slow Antoine Walker, Gary Payton literally on his last stand, Shaq Past his prime, and role players. James Jones, Udonis Haslem, and Posey and Eddie House were ok.

2010 has Mike Miller. Udonis in his prime, James Jones, Chalmers, Eddie House, Z, Juwan Howard both of whom are desperate for a ring. They have a solid supporting cast

I think the Celtics are a little overrated at the moment. Last year was their chance to sneak in and get another one. They played alot of extra games last year and got ALOT older this offseason. The Guard Depth isn't very good, Allen looked done by the end, KG is a question mark, even Pierce showed signs of age. I'm not sure how adding a VERY average Jermaine O'neal and Shaq, who has made contenders worse his last 2 teams, make them any better than they were this year. Perk is hurt, KG is hurt, I'm just not seeing a title Team.

In the East, Orlando is the biggest threat. They shoot the 3 ball well enough to beat anybody when they are on, and Dwight is a handful that the Heat still don't have a good answer for.

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Let's be realistic about

Let's be realistic about Dwight Howard. There is NO one who can guard him, yet the team is not just marching through the NBA. There's a reason for that, they just really aren't good enough to beat the Heat. Lakers and Celtics are the obvious choices.

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Hmm, let's actually be

Hmm, let's actually be realistic about Howard. There would be nobody who could guard him if he actually had an offensive game beyond oops and dunks. As for people guarding him right now, tell that to Perkins.

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tougne out like 23

Look at Orlando's win/ loss record when Howard goes off for 25 or 30. When he goes loose, the Magic win games.

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Boston and LA. Don't sleep

Boston and LA. Don't sleep on a healthy Portland squad either.

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Top 5

1. Lakers
2. Celtics
3. Magic
4. Blazers (With a healthy core group, the sky is the limit for them)
5. Mavericks

I would count the first 3 as actual possibilities. The last two would take them actually beating the Lakers in the first place. But the Magic of course have a potentially dominant force inside and some solid perimeter shooting, I just think it will be tough for them to stop LeBron and Dwyane Wade, and Bosh always did take it to them if he were guarded by Dwight/Shard. Boston's size has to worry them, but it would be about them staying healthy. Rondo running amok on them would prove he was one of the best in the league, but again, think about them trying to stop three players who might be better than any one player on their team at this point in their careers (Bosh could be), and two who definitely are light years ahead. The Lakers size and defense could be an issue. If Bynum is healthy, than it will be incredibly tough for the Heat to match-up with him, and Gasol vs. Bosh would be a great match-up. Ron Artest would have to do a great job on LeBron and Kobe would have to likely out play Dwyane Wade a great deal. But, the more you look at Miami's roster, especially with those 3 players, it is going to be so hard to beat them. Unless they have really huge issues of chemistry, they have two players who were near the top of the league in MVP voting the past few seasons and are arguably the best finishers at the basket in the game. Add in a supporting cast with experience and an All-Star at the 4, and it will be very difficult to beat them. Also, think about the fact that this supporting cast will likely get the benefit of playing with elite players, and do not be surprised if they improve a great deal. I mean, just being in practice with those guys will make other players better. They will be a tough team to beat, it could be done, but I think if their core 3 stay intact, it will be very hard to see them not winning a ring this year.

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The real question is who has the best chance to beat the Lakers?

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I really think the Thunder

I really think the Thunder can be brought up in the conversation with the elite teams in the NBA next season. Their well coached, their young stars have another year under their belt, and they got bigger inside through the draft with Pliess and Aldrich. I could see them winning 55 games next season and going deep in to the playoffs next season. They are a long shot to make it to the Finals, but do you guys think OKC can start being mentioned with the top teams in the NBA?

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Yes

Yes, we already know that OKC has a lot of potential.

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When the Magic play the Magic

When the Magic play the Magic might play Gortat and Howard at the same time in order to have Gortat be able to guard Bosh and Howard to remain as a weak side shot blocking threat, especially on the pick and roll.
The Magic's lineup should be this against the Heat
pg:Jameer Nelson
sg: Vince Carter
sf: Mikael Pietrus
pf: Marcin Gortat
c: Dwight Howard

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there are a hadnful of teams

there are a hadnful of teams with potential to win the title. I think too often people on here write teams off and limit the number of teams capable of winning it all. Obviously lots of things have to go right for some teams to truly be in the mix instead of just an also ran. Here are my rankings of teams with legit chances of winning it all:

Lakers

Heat

Celtics

Blazers

Magic

Mavericks

*Rockets(must have at least close to 100% yao come playoffs)

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Rockets!

How do they get no love from anyone?

Assuming Yao is healthy, they matchup VERY well. AB at the point, Battier and Ariza will guard the superstars, and all that frontcourt depth. (Yao, Scola, Miller, Hill, Patterson and Chuck)

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