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5 Things to Watch as LeBron James & the Miami Heat March Toward the NBA Playoffs
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LeBron James' handprints will be all over the remainder of this NBA season.

The Miami Heat's 2012-13 campaign has been largely devoid of
drama.

Sure, there has been the occasional blip: the team's perceived
lackluster effort at times; Dwyane Wade's alleged decline; Wade and Chris Bosh
being benched late in Miami's loss at Utah; Miami's road woes; LeBron James'
pregame dunk exploits.

However, gone is the questioning of head coach Erik Spoelstra, the
doubt in LeBron James' ability to finish games with a pass-first mentality and
the interest in seeing this team fail to live up to the hype, that admittedly,
the team branded itself.

The Miami Heat, winners of 12 in a row, host Memphis Friday night on ESPN at 7 p.m. CST in a match-up of the two hottest teams in the league.


Memphis has won eight straight games following a 1-3 spell to begin the post-Rudy Gay salary-dump.

The Grizzlies walloped the champs at home on Nov. 11, 104-86, in a game also seen on ESPN.

Miami will look to start the month off right against a good team with a clear size advantage that has already thoroughly handled them this season.



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