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Miami opens its quest for 3rd straight NBA title; Heat speak cautiously about Bobcats

Even as the two-time defending NBA champions, the Miami Heat say they aren't overlooking any team heading into the playoffs.

The Charlotte Bobcats haven't beaten the Heat a single time since LeBron James changed addresses. But Miami isn't expecting a cakewalk first-round series against them, either.

Charlotte visits Miami in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference matchup on Sunday afternoon. Miami has lost only four of its last 23 games against the Bobcats, and is 15-0 in the series since James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade became teammates.

But the Bobcats are 20-9 since the All-Star break and closed the season with some impressive defensive numbers. Says Wade: "This is not the Charlotte Bobcats that everyone thinks of."