With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Can the East Hang With the Heat?

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With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Can the East Hang With the Heat?

The Miami Heat pulled off the unthinkable in free agency, landing a dynamic superstar tandem and a go-to scorer on the blocks.

Pat Riley enhanced his legacy by convincing three superstars in the prime of their careers to take a substantial pay cut in the interest of winning multiple championships.

In the process, the Heat frantically dumped salary and forfeited depth.

The trade of Michael Beasley for a mere second-round pick was a reminder that sanity has taken a backseat in Miami along the way to assembling arguably the greatest triumvirate in league history.

Go ahead, crown the Heat NBA Champions on paper. Turn off injuries and fatigue in your video games and depart from reality while riding an incomplete roster to an NBA Title.

Tuesday’s news that Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Juwan Howard are taking their aging talents to South Beach means that the Heat's roster consists of just seven players.

Can an NBA team facing incredible pressure and lacking a capable starting center or point guard really win a title?

It's certainly possible, but the Heat will undoubtedly face some stiff challenges along the way.

Let’s take a look at how the Miami Heat, as presently constructed, matches up with the playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference heading into next season.

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