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Ira Winderman: For Heat, '15-16 East target is clear

Ira Winderman: For Heat, '15-16 East target is clear

The long-held belief had been that in order to be the best, you had to be built to beat the best. So you strategized with Jordan Rules, added bulk to contend with the beef of Shaq, worked to solve the riddle of Phil Jackson's triangle. But what the NBA has shown in recent years, particularly in the past three, is that success has been delivered through diversity: the LeBron James-centric Miami Heat in 2012 and '13, the selfless San Antonio Spurs and their irrepressible ball movement in 2014, and now the 3-point threat of the Golden State Warriors. Yet among the league's lesser half, where the depth of talent is decidedly shallower, the focus can remain singular:...

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