The Miami Heat will be seeing the best everyone in the league has to offer this season. Defending champions always have a target painted on their back that makes a win against them even more satisfying.
There is no shortage of teams lining up to take a shot at the Heat.
The Los Angeles Lakers have re-tooled by adding future Hall-of-Fame point guard Steve Nash and one of the league's top two centers, Dwight Howard. The Chicago Bulls are the wounded giant, still dangerous in the raucous United Center. The Oklahoma City Thunder have the added motivation of being beaten by Miami quite comprehensively in the 2012 Finals.
That makes it imperative that the Heat stay as injury-free as possible this season. They are going to need everything from everyone if they are to retain the NBA title at the end of the 2013 season.