Ranking NBA Teams with Best Shot to Beat the Miami Heat in Playoffs

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Ranking NBA Teams with Best Shot to Beat the Miami Heat in Playoffs
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Frankly, it'd be semi-shocking if any other organization won the title this spring. But games are played for a reason, and there are a handful of teams that possess the right dose of talent and discipline needed in order to knock the Miami Heat off its perch.

The Miami Heat are currently defending their title with more dominance than any team in over a decade, probably since Shaquille O'Neal went stomping through the league as a Los Angeles Laker.

LeBron James is having a historically brilliant season on both ends of the court, Dwyane Wade is probably the fourth or fifth-best player in the world and Chris Bosh is shooting 70 percent in the restricted area while establishing himself as the league's foremost shooting big man. 

Due to the combined health issues going on with the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, both those teams didn't make the cut. Neither did the Chicago Bulls, who might be at the top of this list next season if Derrick Rose returns to the form we all hope to see. 

Here are five clubs that Miami wouldn't be thrilled about facing in a seven-game series, ranked from least to most probable. 

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