Ranking Potential First Round Playoff Opponents for Miami Heat

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Ranking Potential First Round Playoff Opponents for Miami Heat
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With just 21 games remaining in the 2013-14 NBA regular season, the Miami Heat already know they'll all but certainly enter the postseason as the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. 

Who they'll face in the first round of the playoffs is very much a mystery, though.

There are realistically seven teams that could play the back-to-back champions in Round 1, ranging from the No. 5 Washington Wizards (just 3.5 games ahead of the No. 7 seed Charlotte Bobcats) to the No. 11 Cleveland Cavaliers (just four games behind the Atlanta Hawks).

We're going to break down these seven teams based on how big of a threat they would pose to the Heat, beginning with the smallest threat and concluding with the team Miami would least like to face in the first round.

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