NBA Podcast: Olympic Quarterfinals, Miami Heat and Washington Wizards Previews

Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorAugust 7, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21:  (L-R) Mario Chalmers #15, Chris Bosh #1, Dwyane Wade #3 and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrate during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat defend their title next season, while the Washington Wizards hope to be NBA-relevant again for the first time in half a decade.

On this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA Assistant Editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes continue their NBA Season Preview series, while also breaking down each matchup in the 2012 Olympic Basketball Quarterfinals.

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Team USA recovered from their scare against Lithuania, turning on the second-half afterburners against an eventually exhausted Argentina squad.

While Australia looks to be overmatched talent-wise, they already have upset a very talented Russian squad earlier in the tournament. Will their physical style pose some early problems for the Americans?

Elsewhere in the tournament, the matchups have some fun historical, geographical and basketball implications as Russia plays Lithuania, Spain squares off against France and Brazil battles Argentina.

Stateside, the Miami Heat have added even more shooters, with Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis aboard, but how far can they take their small-ball "position-less?" Are they properly insured if one of the Big Three misses extended time with injury again?

The Washington Wizards are especially intriguing after rebuilding their roster with veteran help around John Wall. A brand-new front line of Nene and Emeka Okafor will provide stability, but was it a sound fiscal move to add their huge contracts along with Trevor Ariza?

What's the true ceiling of this team, and did they sell their future for a middling present?

You should also check out our season previews for the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats, plus the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Hornets.

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