Ranking 21st out of 30 teams in rebounding last season, the Heat are at a shortage when it comes to overall height and talent in the post.
With natural power forward Chris Bosh logging the majority of minutes at center in last year's playoffs, the Heat have yet to find a true answer to the position since assembling the Big Three in the summer of 2010.
While Miami still managed to get by using this undersized lineup against the Oklahoma City Thunder in last year's Finals, it could be a different story should they meet up with the new-look Los Angeles Lakers.
Even before acquiring Dwight Howard this summer, the Lakers were stacked in the paint in both size and overall skill.
Adding Howard will only add to the Lakers exploitation of the Heat's small roster, something we could very well see in the 2012-2013 NBA Finals.
Here are some ways L.A. has the advantage over Miami in the paint, starting with both team's projected starting lineups.