Now the real fun begins, as we have put a ribbon on the 2013-14 NBA regular season and can start looking toward the playoffs.
The Miami Heat have plodded through the process of 82 games, proving themselves worthy of the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat's mantra was resting its veteran and aging roster throughout that process. This season, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have played their fewest total of minutes together—nearly 600 fewer than last season—since coming together, per NBAwowy.com.
A lot of this roster remains unknown despite 82 chances at discovery. Can the three-point shooters get going in the playoffs? Is Udonis Haslem healthy and rested enough for an entire playoff stretch? Is Wade? Will the defense flip the switch? Can Wade and Bosh pick up their games, or will James have to carry his team to a third title?
However, 82 games is a sufficient sample size to get a feel for this team. To properly look forward, we should first look back on how each Heat player performed this season.
All statistics courtesy of NBA.com/Stats, unless otherwise noted, and are accurate as of April 16, 2014.
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