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Why Heat are team to beat

Updated: December 30, 2005, 12:13 PM ET
By Tim Legler
ESPN Insider

Coming into the season, I picked the Miami Heat to win the East.

After Detroit's impressive 106-101 win over Miami on Thursday, to raise its record to 24-3, it's clear the conference title will be won or lost in Auburn Hills, Michigan. But I still think it's Miami's conference to lose. With an asterisk.

Let me explain.

We learned three basic things in Thursday's game.

First, Miami has serious issues on the perimeter.

They can't stop the Pistons' star ...

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