Heat is primed for another run
The Sports Brothers | 12/5/2013, 9 a.m.
Enjoy the ride, Miami. LeBron James, the world's best basketball player, has shown no signs of slowing down despite playing a career low in minutes to begin the season. James was recently named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the second time in Nov. and is already in mid-season form. James is averaging right around 35.5 minutes per game through the Heat’s first 17 games of the season. Maybe head coach Erik Spoelstra has been watching Greg Poppovich's maintenance plan with his veterans in San Antonio. Whatever the case it seems to be working for the Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade has looked great although he has missed some games here and there. The Heat has a very talented roster from top to bottom, so there is no need to wear out its star players in November. That being said, James' numbers have been flat out ridiculous.
It seems like he can literally toy with the best basketball players in the world. In one recent stretch James averaged 29.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.50 steals while shooting 60.3 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from three-point range and 86.8 percent from the foul line. What's even more amazing is that James put up those stats while his minutes have been reduced. Who does that? James has also been suffering from a sore back recently. He just shrugs it off and goes about his business.
Obviously Spoelstra, has made it a priority to rest his stars early in the season and it is working big time. Despite the redhot start of the Indiana Pacers in the eastern conference. The Miami Heat are hot on their trail and the team is not overworking it's big three superstars in keeping up with Indiana. Wade is averaging 33.7 minutes per game. His career average is 36.9. He at times looks like that wide eyed kid from Marquette as the high flying, rim rattling, dunks have returned. The addition of sububstitues Michael Beasley and Roger Mason Jr has only solidified the Heat's veteran core coming off the bench. Outside of the Indiana Pacers in the east the Miami Heat seem primed to leave their opponents in the dust. When the bright lights of playoff basketball come on, South Florida's favorite basketball team will be ready and well rested. How scary is that?
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