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How To Stop LeBron James and the Miami Heat? Drawing Up the Perfect Defense

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How To Stop LeBron James and the Miami Heat?  Drawing Up the Perfect Defense
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Opening night in the NBA is tomorrow, showcasing the possible changing of the guard between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. The Old Big Three meets the New Big Three.

With all the talk and hype coming into the season about the Miami Heat potentially ripping through the regular season, leaving a path of destruction in their wake, opposing teams will have to become creative in order to win against the NBA’s new Dream Team.

Miami’s loss of Mike Miller (thumb, January return) is a real shot in the arm to the Heat, who were going to rely on Miller to be the motor oil that kept the well oiled machine in top form.  His three-point shooting, passing skills and size will surely be missed as the Heat work to solidify their chemistry with one another.

Enter a combination of James Jones, Eddie House, Mario Chalmers, Carlos Arroyo and newly-acquired Jerry Stackhouse to the mix.  None of those names stirs up and fear, already allowing teams to gain more confidence in their defensive presence.  

But still there are LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to think about, so how else does a team shut down the Heat from a defensive standpoint and keep themselves in the game?  There are a few ways:

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