Miami Heat: Grading Their Playoff Chances Against the Beasts of the East

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Miami Heat: Grading Their Playoff Chances Against the Beasts of the East
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The Miami Heat's 2010-11 season has been a roller coaster to say the least, and they're currently riding a downward plunge.

In the midst of a season-high five-game skid, many question the Heat's toughness and resolve as the playoffs near.

With a brutal schedule on deck, starting with the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, will things turn for the better?

Time is running out. Let's break down their potential playoff matchups with the top teams in the East. Philadelphia and Indiana won't be considered because they're dreaming if either thinks it has a prayer of winning a first-round series.

The three threat levels—low, medium and high—will be given to each team based on a seven-game playoff series with the Heat.

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