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Miami Heat's LeBron James reacts after a basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the sceond...

Miami Heat's LeBron James reacts after a basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the sceond quarter in Game 7 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami, Florida June 20, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:44 PM ET

As the 2013-14 NBA season gets underway here's a look at the Eastern Conference teams:

1. Miami Heat 66-16 in 2012-13

Key adds: Greg Oden, Michael Beasley, Roger Mason Jr.

Key departures: Mike Miller, Juwan Howard

Skinny: The biggest threat to the two-time defending champs is complacency. Sure Dwyane Wade is getting on in years and injuries, but the big three of he, LeBron James and Chris Bosh still gives the Heat an immediate advantage over every other NBA team ... Oden, who has not played a regular season game in nearly 31/2 years is more fishing expedition than anything. Already his knees are swelling. If the Heats get anything substantial out of him it will be a bonus ... Miller’s outside shooting will be missed ... Injuries at this point really seem to be the only thing that can stop the Heat. On that front they have been rather fortunate these past three years.

Burning question: Will Thibodeau run his starters into exhaustion, or injury, before they even reach the playoffs?


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