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NBA GM survey shows pessimism about the Miami Heat's chances this season

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A survey of general managers across the NBA reveals that Miami's chances aren't expected to be as good as they were last year.

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In a surprise to no one, general managers from around the NBA did not pick the Miami Heat to advance to the NBA Finals for a fifth consecutive season. In the 13th annual survey of GMs, the Cleveland Cavaliers were picked as favorites (70.4 percent) to win the East, while the San Antonio Spurs were picked by 46.2 percent of those surveyed to win the title for a second consecutive season.

Even in the Southeast Division, Miami was selected to win by only 29.6 percent of GMs - a far cry from the 100 percent from last year's survey.

By and large, it would appear that general managers don't really think too favorably about the Heat, with no players receiving votes as the tops at their position (they can't vote on their own personnel or team, in case you're wondering).

Erik Spoelstra received a vote for coach who runs the best offense, while David Fizdale received a vote as best assistant coach.

Those surveyed were asked 56 questions; you can see the complete results here.