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So here's a thought so far completely outside the box it will make you laugh, guffaw or possibly choke. Bring Dwyane Wade off the bench and start Ray Allen.
First, let me answer a few questions that I anticipate in the comments section. No, I am not stupid. Yes, I do watch games. No, I am not insane, crazy or on drugs. Let the initial chagrin pass and give this some honest thought.
First, players like Manu Ginobili and James Harden in recent years have more than established that the "best" players don't have to be the "starting" players; likewise, neither does who start dictate who finishes. Bringing Wade off the bench actually makes sense in a lot of ways.
First, LeBron James is a tremendous asset to three-point shooters. For instance, according to NBA.com's advanced stats, Mario Chalmers shot 41 percent from deep while James was on the court compared to 26 percent while he was on the bench.
Pairing Allen to start the game with James would maximize the shooting of Allen.
Second, the biggest problem the Heat have had is that their bench hasn't had a bona fide scorer coming off of it, so James or Wade has to run with the unit anyway. Why not just make it Wade and let him be fresher for the postseason?
Third, bringing Wade off the bench would allow for him to be the center of the offense when the bench is on the court, thereby drawing away attention from the likes of Mike Miller and James Jones, making them more efficient from deep.
While I anticipate that there's not much chance of this happening, it may effectively happen, as I can see Wade being the first player to go to the bench, Allen being the first player off the bench and the rotations working in similar fashion.