Miami Heat: Only a Complete Team Effort Can Help the Heat Defeat the Celtics

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Miami Heat: Only a Complete Team Effort Can Help the Heat Defeat the Celtics
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The Miami Heat's Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh did not really play that badly in last night's Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics.

James had a game-high 30 points and also had 13 rebounds. Wade had the second-highest scoring total in the game, with 27 points. And Bosh, although playing a limited amount of minutes after coming back from injury, scored nine points and had seven rebounds.

So, how did Miami lose?

Well, believe it or not, Miami has other players on their team outside of the Big Three.

When the Heat won Game 1 against the Celtics, Shane Battier had 10 points, Mario Chalmers had nine points, Mike Miller had eight points, Udonis Haslem had six rebounds and Ronny Turiaf had five rebounds. When the Heat won Game 2 of this series, Chalmers had 22 points, Haslem had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, Battier had nine points and Miller had seven points.

Last night was a much different story.

Udonis Haslem did have 14 rebounds and Mario Chalmers had nine points, but outside of that, it was pathetic. Battier only had five points, Haslem only three, Miller only three, James Jones had four and, although he played outstanding defense, Norris Cole had zero points to show.

Now, let's take a look at the Celtics. The Boston stars obviously set the pace for their team. Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Paul Pierce had 19 points, Ray Allen had 13 points and Rajon Rondo had seven points and 13 assists.

The real difference in last night's game came in the form of Brandon Bass and Mickael Pietrus. Bass had 10 points for the Celtics and Pietrus had 13, including a clutch three-pointer late in the game.

The Boston Celtics had five players on their team scoring at least 10 points in last night's contest. The Miami Heat had only two, James and Wade.

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At some point, if the Heat want to be a championship team, other players need to step up. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade can certainly do more to help this team win games, but eventually they need other players to step up and contribute.

Boston has shown the Miami Heat how hard it is to beat a team when multiple players are stepping up and contributing. For the Heat to win this series, someone else is going to need to step up. James and Wade certainly need to be great, but if they are the two highest scorers and you still are not winning, then someone else needs to start hitting a few more shots.

If the Miami Heat are to survive in Boston on Thursday night, their role players like Battier, Haslem, Miller and Chalmers will need to contribute more.

And if they do survive to reach the NBA Finals, their entire team will certainly have to step up to deal with the onslaught of talented players that the Spurs or Thunder will bring with them from the West.

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