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How to beat the Heat

How do you battle a team of superstars? Develop a classic Detroit mentality.

Updated: July 14, 2010, 3:49 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | Special to ESPN Insider
Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty ImagesThe anti-superstar Pistons beat a stacked Lakers squad in the 2004 Finals.

Before NBA franchises jump headfirst into copycat mode trying to assemble their own star-studded triumvirate to match Miami's, the wiser teams will recognize the market opportunity that lies ahead.

There's growing concern that a lockout awaits on the horizon, and in that event, there's a chance that spending power will be curbed significantly for 2011. Those expected new guidelines mean there's a better chance Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn actually says no to signing a backup point guard from the Bucks than another team manages to replicate the Miami Heat's model.


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