|2010-11 Team Rating|
|10th Overall||5th Overall|
Stats through Jan. 15
LeBron James impacts almost every possession, either by creating shots, rebounding or scoring. Chris Bosh is averaging nearly 19 points and 9 rebounds since the Heat started 9-8.
Dwyane Wade still hasn't shaken an injury bug that has infected all but a few of his seasons, but at least he recovers big. Back to back 40-point nights was proof enough. Carlos Arroyo can hit the open jumper.
Nobody rotates better than the Heat, blessed with quickness at every position except center. Not only do they disrupt the other team's flow, but LeBron and Wade turn those turnovers into fast break points.
Once Udonis Haslem returns and Mike Miller heals fully, the bench will add to the mix, not subtract from it, although Mario Chalmers does have his moments.
Erik Spoelstra didn't panic when the Heat began 9-8 and his shoulder was bruised by LeBron, a credit to the young coach's maturity and professionalism. And once again, Miami is playing terrific defense, which is a Spoelstra speciality.
After a stumble from the gate, and then a statement-making recovery, is the best yet to come for Miami? The Heat can only hope Haslem and Miller will round into form prior to the playoffs.
So far, though, after an off-season of change, Miami has played pretty close to the script, with the Big Three blending while the supporting cast tries not to screw things up. James and Wade are working well together. Nice start. We'll see about the finish.
-- Shaun Powell
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