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15 Bold Predictions for Miami Heat
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The Heat face an uphill battle in their quest to three-peat.

The rest of the NBA should be on high alert in 2013-14, as the Miami Heat are deeper than they've been at any point during the Big Three era.

Back in 2010-11, the first season of the Big Three, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh led the team in terms of minutes played. James Jones, Joel Anthony and Zydrunas Ilgauskas ranked fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, in terms of playing time.

This year, the Heat will trot out James, Wade, Bosh, Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem as starters, with Norris Cole, Ray Allen, Michael Beasley, Chris "Birdman" Andersen and Greg Oden waiting in the wings. Their second unit could legitimately be better than the Philadelphia 76ers' starting lineup.

In case you're wondering why Miami is the favorite to win its third straight NBA championship, there you have it. Insane amounts of depth plus three top-20 players typically equals greatness.

Strange things happen in today's NBA, though. All it takes is one fluke play to transform a championship contender into an afterthought (just ask the 2012-13 Oklahoma City Thunder).

With that in mind, check out these 15 bold predictions for the 2013-14 Miami Heat.

Note: Remember, these are bold predictions. Seeing as the Heat are the odds-on favorite to win the 2014 championship, it's not bold to predict that they're going to three-peat this season. Nor is it bold to predict that LeBron will lay waste to the rest of the league en route to his fifth regular-season MVP. Consider yourself forewarned, Miami faithful.

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