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Should Heat fans be worried?

Don't get us wrong: Indiana Pacers versus Miami Heat still seems an inevitable Eastern Conference finals matchup. Still, the latter -- you know, the team that has won two straight NBA championships -- doesn't look so hot these days. After back-to-back losses to the Knicks and Nets, Miami was outscored 43-18 in the first quarter Wednesday at the Washington Wizards en route to a 114-97 defeat. And you can't blame injuries; the Big Three played, with Chris Bosh (26 points) leading the way, followed by LeBron James (25). But Dwyane Wade (eight points on 11 shots, no free throw attempts) and Ray Allen (scoreless) both struggled, and Greg Oden's return (six points in eight minutes) seemed the most potentially positive development on the night. Is it time to panic in South Florida?

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Greg Oden will sign with Heat

The wait is over. Greg Oden has made his choice: the Miami Heat, with whom the 2007 No. 1 overall pick will attempt to resurrect his career after last playing in 2009. The big man showed flashes of talent while healthy, but that qualifier has many NBA watchers skeptical. After all, Oden has played in just 82 games since being drafted ahead of Kevin Durant. Good thing the two-time defending champions won't be leaning on him in 2013-14.

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Greg Oden's comeback?

Greg Oden hasn't played in the NBA since 2009, but his potential still intrigues NBA teams to the point where five of them are vying for the chance to be the starting point for his comeback. Oden's knee injuries have limited him to 82 games over two seasons, but he's reportedly been working out seriously in order to get his career back on track. The Blazers may have made a mistake picking him over Kevin Durant, but if we're lucky, we may finally get a glimpse of what intrigued them back in the 2007 draft.

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Greg Oden's comeback?

Greg Oden hasn't played in the NBA since 2009, but his potential still intrigues NBA teams to the point where five of them are vying for the chance to be the starting point for his comeback. Oden's knee injuries have limited him to 82 games over two seasons, but he's reportedly been working out seriously in order to get his career back on track. The Blazers may have made a mistake picking him over Kevin Durant, but if we're lucky, we may finally get a glimpse of what intrigued them back in the 2007 draft.

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Greg Oden has seen his career torpedoed by repeated knee injuries, but it looks as if he might be getting another chance to play. Oden reportedly is interested in returning to the NBA, and the defending champion Miami Heat might have a spot for him. If Oden does end up returning, will he finally live up to even a fraction of his once near-limitless potential?

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