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Two keys to Heat's 25-game win streak

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07:50 AM ET 03.24 | One underrated key during this Heat winning streak: Erik Spoelstra is always keeping LeBron James or Dwyane Wade on the floor (before garbage time), after experimenting in January with a disastrous second-quarter lineup with Chris Bosh and four reserves. Surprisingly, the Heat's second-most used lineup during the streak is Wade with four backups: a group that has outscored teams by 13 and is shooting 52 percent.

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Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images
March 24, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Well, say what you will about "Dirty" D Wade, as a one-time The Man for the Heat, it says something about being smart and team-oriented for him to acknowledge both in word off the court and, especially so, in action on the court that it is LeBron's team now.

And, of course, it says something about LeBron's game, that one can be the leader and be willing to hand over the reigns secure in the knowledge that he won't hog it badly and will in fact improve the good use of team's other assets making it more likely that those assets will be happier in role-playing than they might otherwise be.

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March 24, 2013  09:19 AM ET

Two Is Better Than Three, Bros?

March 24, 2013  09:55 AM ET

I wonder if Wade would ever accept a 6th man role (not now, but in a few years). If he were still with Lebron that would be lethal to have to deal with BronBron for 10 minutes and then have your reserves going up against a Wade led crew.

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March 24, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Wake me up when this drama is over

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March 24, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Beat the Meat or Beat the Heat!

March 24, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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Beat the Meat or Beat the Heat!

Heat the Meat or Meet the Heat?

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March 24, 2013  11:03 AM ET
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Hater...........

Mea culpa, Mea culpa....

March 24, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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The two keys to the Heats 25 game winning streak?How about David Stern & the refs? That's right, the NBA is fixed. BBOOOOOOMMMMM!

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! Let's bring out the ref conspiracy sirens again. Unless the Heat lose a series in the playoffs we want to make sure we worked it out enough to be in good shape for the finals!! Woo! Hoo!

March 24, 2013  11:08 AM ET
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And don't forget the coach who is doing a great job of managing the team. Spo is an underrated coach.... And oh ya, hater...lol

Sorry. You're right. He has an under-appreciated role that falls on all coaches with a set of great players.

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March 24, 2013  12:34 PM ET
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I wonder if Wade would ever accept a 6th man role (not now, but in a few years). If he were still with Lebron that would be lethal to have to deal with BronBron for 10 minutes and then have your reserves going up against a Wade led crew.

That would be very smart and effective. This strategy could catapult the Heat to Spurs and Bulls all time ranking with 5-6 titles. And I mean this Heat era...


Plus David Stern & the refs of course!

March 24, 2013  12:52 PM ET

Nothing like buying a championship. Fans of small market teams better accept the fact that their teams will never be able to keep their stars for very long. Hopefully, future stars will not leave their teams in the classless manner that Lebron James left Cleveland. Did he really need to do an hour long informercial to say that he was going to Miami?

 
March 24, 2013  01:03 PM ET
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Nothing like buying a championship. Fans of small market teams better accept the fact that their teams will never be able to keep their stars for very long. Hopefully, future stars will not leave their teams in the classless manner that Lebron James left Cleveland. Did he really need to do an hour long informercial to say that he was going to Miami?

Ahh, Rip Van Winkle woke up. Sorry bud, everyone quit crying this question a couple years ago...

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