Can the Heat keep it up? Well, health is a good sign. But Miami for two straight seasons has been inconsistent. LeBron and Wade haven't always mixed, Bosh hasn't always shown up, the sidekicks have been mostly blah.
Was Game 2 an aberration, or has the Heat finally caught its wave?
Again, Wade and Bosh are the key. LeBron is going to play in a dominant way. But Wade and Bosh?
“We knew that he had to be aggressive, and he's one of our attackers,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Wade. “So we were trying to play to our identity. He set the tone at the beginning. You could see with his aggressiveness off the bounce.”
But why is that ever not the case? Contrast that with Russell Westbrook, who doesn't always play well but always comes to play. Aggression is never an issue with Russ.
So why is it with Wade?
Some say he's got to be hurt, that his chronic knee problems will never fully go away. But if so, then every Heat game is a crapshoot, and LeBron's got an even bigger load to bear.
This much we know. If Bosh and Wade together can duplicate Game 2 three more times, the 2012 NBA championship parade won't be on the Bricktown Canal, it will be down Biscayne Boulevard.
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