NBA Basketball: The 5 Toughest Matchups for the Miami Heat

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NBA Basketball: The 5 Toughest Matchups for the Miami Heat
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Sometimes records simply don't matter.

I remember NBA analyst Kenny Smith during the 2000 playoffs on TNT discussed one of the secrets to his back-to-back championships with the Houston Rockets. He talked about the advantage the team gained from who they didn't have to face in the postseason.

"Seattle," Smith said, "They had our number. They beat us every single time we met throughout the 1994-1996 seasons. But because they were upset in 1994 and 1995, we didn't have to face them on the road to the title. Their trapping defense was like Hakeem Kryptonite."

This had me thinking: What teams in the NBA have the best overall matchups against the Heat? What teams could actually give the Heat the most problems based on the personnel they have available on their roster?

In this article, I count down the top five toughest matchups for the Miami Heat in the NBA. Let me preface this list by saying that this article is not proclaiming any of these teams better or worst than the Heat, nor am I saying they are elite teams per se. I'm just saying that these are the teams that have the most favorable matchups against Miami.

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