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NBA / Oct 17, 2012 / 1:45 pm

The East’s “Other” Top 5 Contenders (Besides Miami)

Carmelo Anthony (photo. Mannion)

The Miami Heat ascended to the NBA’s mountaintop this past summer, and now have an even larger target on their back entering the 2012-2013 NBA season. They stand firmly in the way of anyone else in the Eastern Conference who hopes to go to the Finals. What’s worse for the other Eastern Conference hopefuls is that the Heat have additional firepower in the form of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. But… the games still need to be played and in this NBA landscape, nothing is promised – not even a return trip to South Beach for next June’s Finals.

To be the champ, it’s customary to actually beat the champ. Here are the top five Eastern Conference teams that could extinguish the Heat’s bid at a third-straight Finals appearance…

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