Ranking the 5 Must-Watch Heat Games in January

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Ranking the 5 Must-Watch Heat Games in January
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With two forgettable losses and a controversial play marring the last week of what has been an otherwise incredible year for the Miami Heat, I think we're all ready to close the books and welcome 2013. 

In the foreseeable future is another title defense, potential free-agency chatter (K-Mart! K-Mart!), the looming cloud of Derrick Rose hovering over a one-team, top-heavy Eastern Conference, the return of Amar'e Stoudemire, whose New York approval rating just dipped below Isiah Thomas' and, last but not least, the opening of The Hangover Part III, starring Zach Galifianakis as Rex Ryan, Bradley Cooper as Mark Sanchez and Mike Tyson as Tim Tebow.   

Seriously, there's a lot to get excited about. 

And considering how boring the Heat's season has been thus far, I think both the team and its fans could use a little bit of excitement. 

Now, I'm not trying to insinuate that the Eastern Conference is so awesomely, pathetically terrible that the Heat could have sleepwalked their way to a .500 record if they wanted to. 

All I'm saying is that the last time I saw anyone as amped up as the Heat were on Christmas Day against Oklahoma City this happened. 

But fear not, because the month of January promises to offer an array of games actually worth watching. 

In fact, for the first time in a while, you won't be secretly hoping for another lockout to shorten this stale concoction of a regular season.

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