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Miami Heat’s 2013 NBA Schedule Highlights Returns, Rivalries And Big Events

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5 Games That Could Make Miami’s Road A Tough One

Miami Heat
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat basketball just took another step towards being featured in every household across the nation.

Beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 29 the road to a three-peat will be broadcasted on Sun Sports, TNT, ABC, ESPN and NBA TV. That’s all 82 regular-season games being televised, with the maximum (25) being showcased to a national audience.

And it all begins with a rivalry that dates back further than the Big Three era.

The Chicago Bulls come into town looking to do other things than watch the Heat raise another championship banner.

"I don't think anybody wants to watch that on our team so we won't pay too much attention to it," said Chicago guard Jimmy Butler last Tuesday on The Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN Chicago 1000. “They won a championship, definitely, but they got to deal with the Chicago Bulls for 48 minutes coming out right after that, they get their rings."

That’s the same mindset that helped Chicago spoil Miami’s 2006 ring ceremony with a 42-point blowout that sent the Heat reeling through the season, on their way to getting swept out of the playoffs.

Not to mention, it’s the return of the self-proclaimed best player in the NBA, Derrick Rose. It’ll be his first chance to back up the words that had the entire sports world talking.

But the Bulls have bigger plans.

“They're the back-to-back champions,” said Butler. “And when you think three-peat, you think Chicago so we can't let that happen."

That game alone should have fans glued to their chairs, but check out the next six slides to see the games that will make Miami’s wild ride a bumpy one.

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Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat Oct. 29

Chicago Bulls
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The hype surrounding Oct. 29 will be built around championship banners and the return of Derrick Rose.

Will he be enough to knock the Heat off of their throne?

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Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets Nov. 1

Brooklyn Nets
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Three days after their TNT opener, the Miami Heat will kick off ESPN’s coverage of the NBA against Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and the new look Brooklyn Nets.

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Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers Dec. 10

Indiana Pacers
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The Indiana Pacers believe that their time is now, so they look forward to welcoming the Heat to town for some Game 7 payback.

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Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers Dec. 25

Los Angeles Lakers
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat renew their Christmas Day battle after a two year hiatus.

Add that to the speculation that the Lakers are trying to clear enough space to make this LeBron James' last year in South Beach and the buzz should be one for the ages.

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat Jan. 26

San Antonio Spurs
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After a close NBA Finals showdown and two regular season games full of chest moves, the Miami Heat should get a chance to face a healthy San Antonio Spurs team coming off of a few days rest.

No excuses this time.

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Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks Feb. 1

New York Knicks
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

With their matchup landing on Super Bowl weekend, Miami’s second trip to the Garden may be a bigger event than usual. That means more stars in town, more excitement and a chance that Heat players will be at MetLife Stadium the next day to enjoy Super Bowl XLVIII.