Just two summers ago, the marquee matchup in the NBA was Spurs versus Heat. Since King James relocated to the Midwest, San Antonio has soldiered on — thanks to some key free agency acquisitions — while Miami has merely survived. After the unexpected emergence of Joe Johnson and Josh Richardson, things are looking brighter in South Beach and the Heat are right in the middle of the Eastern Conference post-season pecking order. Center Hassan Whiteside has been putting up solid numbers and swingman Richardson could be another diamond in the rough for Pat Riley. With home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs within reach, expect Whiteside and the Heat to challenge LaMarcus Aldridge in the paint.