2012 NBA Playoffs: Power Ranking the Miami Heat's Most Feared Opponents

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Power Ranking the Miami Heat's Most Feared Opponents
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"Please don't let this be too painful..."

Well then, the playoffs are just about set to kick off, and the Miami Heat can now take stock of the field of teams that potentially stand in their way of their prophesied run to a long overdue championship. Once again, they enter the postseason as the favorite to win it all, but this is not to say there are not varying levels of competition that the Heat would approach with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

Among the teams that could potentially cross paths with the Heat (whether via upset, or as expected), there are those that are mere lambs for the slaughter (read: Orlando and Philadelphia), while others are upstarts and potentially difficult underdogs (Indiana or Memphis) due to favorable matchups.

Then there are those teams that could give the Heat a real run for their money, and under ideal circumstances, even derail the Miami championship train for another year.

Whomever the Heat encounter, they only have designs on running through all comers, but there are some teams they'd rather avoid if they can... Here they are, in order of the potential for an upset of the Miami.

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