2013 NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat’s 5 Best Players of the Postseason So Far
Best Miami Heat Players So Far In the Playoffs
The Miami Heat are one game away from advancing to the Eastern Conference finals, as they hold a 3-1 edge over the Chicago Bulls. After dropping Game 1 at home, the Heat have not looked back and won three straight games.
When you enter the NBA playoffs, your team's rotation will generally shrink. The stars of the team will carry more of an offensive load and play significantly more minutes. The stakes are high, and one mistake can be crucial. This has not quite been the case for Miami.
While the Big 3 will always be in the center of attention, many role players have stepped up. Both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have not been consistent and their numbers have actually declined in the playoffs. Despite their struggles, Miami is still 7-1 in the postseason, after having swept the Milwaukee Bucks in the first-round.
LeBron James has played like he always does, putting up big numbers and doing a little bit of everything. As Wade is not 100 percent, and Bosh is only starting to find his way, the Heat have looked for efficient contributions from their bench. Mario Chalmers has also had a relatively quiet postseason, but Norris Cole has made up for it.
Chris Andersen is a guy that can't be considered as one of the five best Miami players in the postseason, but he definitely deserves to be mentioned. Andersen has been energetic and efficient off the bench, ranking among the playoff leaders in player efficiency rating.
So, which Heat players have been the best so far?
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis
5. Dwyane Wade
Injury has slowed down Wade in a major way. He is averaging just 12.3 points per game in the playoffs, which is way down from his 21.2 PPG season average. That being said, he has still found ways to contribute, even though his shot isn’t falling and he doesn’t quite have his legs under him. While he only had four points in Game 3 against the Bucks, he did have 11 assists and nine rebounds.
4. Norris Cole
Most, including myself, expected Cole’s minutes to decrease in the playoffs, but he has been exceptional and is actually averaging more minutes than he did during the regular season. He scored 18 points in both Games 2 and 3 against Chicago, helping the Heat regain control of the second round series.
3. Chris Bosh
Just like Wade, Bosh struggled for a good portion of these playoffs. He averaged just 12.8 points per game in the first round, but has really picked it up in the last two games. His 20 points and 19 rebounds lifted the Heat over the Bulls in Game 3 and he has looked confident since then.
2. Ray Allen
Allen is the ultimate veteran, and he has shown just how important he is in Miami’s rotation. While he has not quite gotten the looks he wants in some games, he has had several scoring outbursts, scoring 20 points or more in three out of eight games.
1. LeBron James
James is just about the only consistent player for Miami in this year’s playoffs so far. He continues to be efficient and, as always, does it all for the team. His postseason averages are 24.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game, which pretty much tells the story.