NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat's Most Imporant Players Not Named James, Wade or Bosh

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NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat's Most Imporant Players Not Named James, Wade or Bosh
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When it comes to the Miami Heat, every player who is not part of the "Big Three" has at some time or another gotten the label of X-factor from a sports analyst.

Within the 2012 NBA playoffs, besides Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, the most talked-about member of the Heat has been Chris Bosh.

Who is not playing.

I know that the Heat are where they are today because of the trio. I know that Dwyane Wade has been missing free throws, but turned around a dismal postseason to an unbelievable one. I know LeBron James' stat line has been gross, disgusting, sick and all the other negative adjectives that mean positive.

I know.

But the fact remains that when times turn rough for the Heat, many heads turn to the other guys in a Heat uniform for not contributing enough or being the "role players that they need to be."

Whatever that means.

To calm this talk and keep Miami on the positive path, the "role players" have to do their job and be productive in the spots that they can.

Or, in other words, fulfill their roles.

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