The Miami Heat are favorites to win the NBA title again this year but that comes despite the fact that this isn’t the best team that has taken the floor in the last three years in Miami. There is notable issues with the depth but even with that, this is a team far better than most in the postseason.
One reason the team is even better than it was when the postseason started is the play of Dwyane Wade. As Ira Winderman points out, Wade came into his own on Saturday against the Bobcats and while his play doesn’t lock the Heat in for a title, it certainly helps balance some of the hate being directed at the depth.
With the Heat’s depth not quite what it had been the past two seasons, the Heat likely will need more from Dwyane than he was able to deliver for most of last season’s playoffs. That’s what this team is about, wings able to attack from any direction at any time. The one-two punch with LeBron James was impressive Saturday.
We tend to forget that this is Wade’s team and has been since he arrived here from Marquette. He hasn’t helped in missing a lot of the season with various injuries but now that the postseason is here, it seems so too is the game from Wade we’re all used to seeing.