Miami Heat's 2 New Year's Resolutions

Sam Richmond@srichmond93Correspondent IDecember 24, 2013

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The Miami Heat are going to leave 2013 in fantastic shape.

They are currently 21-6 and have won five straight, with one of those wins coming against a fantastic Indiana Pacers team.

Still, the Heat should make a couple of vows as they enter the new year in order to increase their three-peat chances.

Let's take a look at two New Year's resolutions for Miami.


Stick With Dwyane Wade's Maintenance Plan

After knee issues hindered Dwyane Wade's play significantly in the 2013 postseason and he needed offseason shock treatment on both knees, the Heat have managed the three-time champion's health with extreme care this season.

Miami has routinely held Wade out of at least one game of back-to-backs and other games here and there for preventive reasons (he's missed seven total games). The Heat have operated with the thinking that keeping Wade and his knees fresh and healthy for the postseason is smarter than winning a few more regular-season contests.  

The plan could not be working better.

First of all, the Heat are still winning plenty of their games. They are only 1.5 games behind the Pacers and obviously still very much in play for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

And more importantly, the rest has been great on Wade. The fresh and energetic Wade is playing excellent basketball when he's in the lineup; his season averages are 19.9 points, 4.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds (he also has a 22.65 PER). 

Wade's health is crucial to Miami's quest for a three-peat.
Wade's health is crucial to Miami's quest for a three-peat.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Coach Erik Spoelstra and the Heat shouldn't deviate from this plan as the race for the East's No. 1 seed continues. Earning the top seed and home-court advantage throughout the postseason obviously has value to Miami, so there may be some desire to play Wade more than he is now, as we near and then enter the second half of the season. 

But the Heat are talented and battle-tested enough to win a Game 7 on the road in the postseason. The No. 1 seed isn't a necessity.

On the other hand, Miami would have a really tough time winning another championship without a healthy Wade.

It might not be easy at times, but the Heat have to continue being really careful with Wade.


Chris Bosh Should Be More Involved

Chris Bosh is on his way to another highly efficient offensive season. He's shooting 52.7 percent from the floor and has just around a 20 PER (19.39).

So, what's the problem?

Well, Bosh isn't shooting very often. He's on pace for his fewest field-goal attempts per game (10.7) and points per game (14.8) since his rookie season.

Bosh just isn't consistently being aggressive. When he has been aggressive, though, the results have been great. 

In the Heat's Dec. 14 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bosh shot a season-high 17 times with 10 of them going in. He scored 25 points while making 11 of 16 shots in a Miami win over the Sacramento Kings on Dec. 20.

The Heat don't need 25 points a night from Bosh, but they'd benefit from more than 14, considering how effective he's been and important he is to Miami's offense.

Whether it's Bosh simply being more aggressive with the touches he already has or Miami finding a way to give him the ball a couple of more times per game, Bosh should have a bigger role in 2014.