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Heat relishing calmer start to season

Updated: December 13, 2011, 12:51 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- A season ago, things seemed much different for the Miami Heat. In South Florida, the team was celebrated before ever playing a game. In every other NBA market, the Heat were maligned, again before ever playing a game.

There's a sense that is now changing -- well, maybe just a little bit.

Drama seems to be the rule these days in many NBA cities, but not Miami.

"I don't think anything can be as bad as it was last year," Heat forward LeBron James said Monday.

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