How the LA Lakers, Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic Can Beat the Miami Heat

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How the LA Lakers, Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic Can Beat the Miami Heat
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Almost immediately following the union of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in South Beach, many of the heavyweights in the league like the Lakers and the Celtics, responded by making additions of their own.

The Lakers added veterans Theo Ratliff, Steve Blake and Matt Barnes to shore up their bench, while the Celtics added the O'Neals (Shaq and Jermaine), and brought back most of the Eastern Conference Champion team that lost to the Lakers in the finals this year.

Nevertheless, Vegas oddsmakers have the Heat as the favorites to win the title next year, and LeBron James recently said in an interview with Slam Magazine that he considers this season a failure of the team fails to win a title.

"This isn't a jell year," James said. "We want to get it done now."

So what do the Heat's primary adversaries have to do to prove the Vegas and assorted NBA analysts wrong in picking the Heat to challenge for a title in June?

I break down each team and discuss it in this Q&A.

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