Top 5 Eastern Conference Teams the Miami Heat Must Take Seriously in 2013

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Top 5 Eastern Conference Teams the Miami Heat Must Take Seriously in 2013
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The 2012-13 NBA season is fast approaching, and with it comes a fresh batch of teams looking to compete near the top of the standings.

The 2012-13 season looks set to be dominated by the Miami Heat, but after the Heat in the Eastern Conference, it is generally a wide open playing field.

The Brooklyn Nets are the league's newest superstar team. The New York Knicks boast the same flawed core. The Boston Celtics are even older, even with Ray Allen leaving to join the Miami Heat. The Chicago Bulls lost their supremacy with Derrick Rose's injury, and the Indiana Pacers are still one rank below in terms of out-and-out talent.

However, the Heat are not invincible, and thus, teams like the Pacers can give them issues as the league progresses next season.

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