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6 Positives For the Miami Heat Moving Forward

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Positives For Miami Moving Forward

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When NBA players woke up yesterday morning there were way more things hurting than the pride of Sacramento Kings' rookie Ben McLemore (see the LeBron James smash) and Ray Allen’s knees after dunking twice in a game for the first time in two years. And no, I am not talking about the hurt of Brook Lopez’ broken foot.

The main source of the pain that everyone was feeling came courtesy of the one thing that teams believed was the Miami Heat’s biggest problem, rebounding.

But like they say, perception is reality -- and the reality is that the Heat have been horrible on the boards until a recent stretch. Which you can credit Chris Bosh for starting.

"It's not so much any change in mindset, I just wanted to do a good job of doing my job, making sure I'm boxing out, being where I'm supposed to be on defense, just want to be more consistent with my rebounding and just make sure I'm in the right spots at the right time," he said following last Saturday's victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (South Florida Sun-Sentinel).

For the past three seasons the team has often been James and Dwyane Wade on the boards or bust. And this year hasn’t been much different, with James leading the team at 6.8 per game.

However, the last four games have been an indication that Bosh is dedicated to the glass, as his totals of 12, six, eight and eight have helped Miami win the rebounding battle by eight over the Utah Jazz, one over the Indiana Pacers and Cavaliers and seven over the Kings.

It’s just part of the reason why Heat fans have something to look forward to, not named James or Wade. For five more reasons, check out the next few slides.

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5. The Return of Ray’s Game

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It’s no secret that Ray Allen hasn’t been able to drop a pebble in the ocean -- lately -- but his two dunks and 18 points seemed to shake him out of his funk.

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4. Shane’s Last Stand

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Shane Battier’s paltry play has garnered him Udonis Haslem minutes (only playing the starts of each half). Now the Heat are hoping that Friday’s 3-for-7 three-point shooting will energize his final season.

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3. New Found Aggression

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Chris Bosh’s recent scoring totals -- 22, 20, 15 and 25 -- have the Heat looking more like the Big Three instead of the little two and a half.

"I was just trying to be aggressive," Bosh said after Friday's victory against the Sacramento Kings. "That's all I've been really been working on, just picking and choosing my spots and being forceful when I can. It's going well so far. I'm just trying to stay consistent and keep it going." (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

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2. Waiting On The Sparkplug...

Michael Beasley
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Another bright spot that Miami Heat fans can look forward to is the return of the scoring punch of the injured Michael Beasley (hamstring). He’s an added wrinkle that could change the dynamics of any Heat versus Pacers matchup.

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1. Waiting On The Big Man...

Greg Oden
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Speaking of changing the dynamics of any matchup, coach Erik Spoelstra’s new big man lineup could get a major boost if Greg Oden is eventually healthy enough to bang with the Pacers’ 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert.