Something interesting is developing in the distance for the Miami Heat. It's a decision that has nothing to do with free agency or opt-out clauses, but could influence the future of the organization.
With just a handful of games left in the regular season, Miami is still in the mix for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Do they go for it?
Some thought the Heat would relinquish the first seed to the Indiana Pacers and play their hand to enter the playoffs healthy.
But they haven't.
Instead, the team is doubling down. It isn't showing signs of coasting but also maintains that health is the top priority.
Erik Spoelstra is giving Dwyane Wade and Greg Oden competitive playing time, the rotation is tightening up, rather than getting looser to spread the minutes around and LeBron James just went off for a personal and franchise-record 61 points.
The team is competing like it's the playoffs already. Don't believe me? Watch the fourth quarter of that loss to the Houston Rockets again.
Or if you still need convincing:
@IraHeatBeat Heat, Pacers tied in the loss column. Wade on Tuesday "We can't worry about, 'Oh they lost; we need to win.' We need to win every night."
This team wants to win every game. Maybe we will see the Heat cool down some as we approach the post-season, or maybe they think it's a good time to catch steam.
Either way, fans should be paying attention to more than just the win-loss column as we get closer to the tournament to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.