Just a week ago, we were talking about how the Heat might be better without Dwyane Wade and how LeBron James and Chris Bosh were sufficient enough to win a championship. Well, if the last three games are taken into consideration, then critics were completely wrong. The Heat have shown that they may have the best chemistry they’ve ever had together.
First off, Dwyane Wade looks healthy. He looks like the young Dwyane Wade we saw a couple of years ago and is shooting well. The rest definitely benefitted his body, but the injury increased his motivation. Wade has been showing his worth every time he steps onto the court and is proving everyone who said the Heat were better without him completely wrong.
Second of all, LeBron James has regained his MVP form. Before the injury, all the critics were talking about him being not-clutch again and how he would never win. With Wade being out, LeBron regained his confidence and led the team. His stellar play also brought out the best in Chris Bosh. They both got to work on their games since the focus was on them more and there wasn’t a 3rd guy they had to share the ball with.
Most importantly though, the role players have begun to develop into exactly what Spo wants them to be. Shane Battier and Mike Miller have started to knock down shots. Miller had 14 points against the Hornets and shot extremely well. Joel Anthony has also been playing out of his mind. Even though he is considered nothing more than a hustle player, he may be right behind Dwight Howard and Spencer Hawes as the best centers in the Eastern Conference. Norris Cole changes the pace of the game and has been a streaky shooter, but the change of pace behind Chalmers is needed. Udonis has been Udonis, and the only disappointment has been James Jones, who hasn’t seen much time.
Overall, the Heat are looking feisty and hungry. The amount of dunks we’ve seen the past three games have been unbelievable, as a spectacle and statistically. It will be great for the team in the long run because developing this team chemistry before the All Star Break and then getting rest is a huge advantage. So the Heat really are better with Dwyane Wade and if they took a chemistry exam today, their score would be an A+.