5 Questions Miami Heat Must Answer to Solidify Contender Status

5 Questions Miami Heat Must Answer to Solidify Contender Status

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While the Miami Heat fight the battle of rest versus first place -- and watch the Indiana Pacers go through the momentary struggle of having a target placed firmly on their backs -- the team from Biscayne Bay must find a way to focus on answering questions about their contender status.

5. Bench Play

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5. Bench Play

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The bench that people claimed could contribute with the starting five resting is proving to be nowhere near as deep as anyone thought.

Boy do they miss Mike Miller.

4. Defense

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4. Defense

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The Miami Heat’s defense has been at less than championship level all season as they have given up 97.6 points per game and nearly 50 percent shooting to almost every team. If they cannot stop anyone, expect their contender status to remain pretty shaky.

3. Closing Out

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3. Closing Out

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The Heat need to shore up their problem with closing out games, because we have seen them blow too many double-digit leads to make them the top contender. The 14.2 turnovers a game pretty much kill the cause.

2. Chemistry With D-Wade

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2. Chemistry With D-Wade

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Early in the season LeBron James talked about the Miami Heat being off because of Dwyane Wade’s constant absence, but as the season went on they became comfortable. Then D-Wade returned as a fourth quarter star and LBJ felt a shift in chemistry.

To win a third championship in four years, the two are going to have to rebuild the balance.

1. Health

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1. Health

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Maintenance has always been the motive for the Miami Heat, and that has been more than apparent with the games missed due to “injury” this season. But will trying to make sure that they enter the playoffs healthy cause problems with continuity?

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  • Jared Doyle

    The maintenance program will pay dividends in the playoffs. The veteran leadership will take hold as well. This year’s playoffs are going to be epic, at least in the West.

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