**** yeah! We should be able to go toe-to-to with the Heat with the improvements we've made. Ronnie Brewer is gonna be a very big key to this, as he will get to defend Wade, LeBron, and Ray Allen.
The best lineup against the Heat would be:
PG Ray Felton
Having Chandler/Cambyman in there would hopefully get us the rebounding advantage, while Shump and Brewer should (although unlikely) hold Wade and LeBron below 30 points each. Melo, as we all know, plays better when he is fitted in the power forward spot. BRING ON THE HEAT.
PS. I wouldn't say Boston is a middle of the road team though. They took a 3-2 series lead against the Heat in the ECF last season. They should be just fine even though they lost Allen. They acquired Terry and Courtney Lee to compensate for the loss. They're gonna be back in the top 4 in the east along with us, MIA, and Indy.