Every playoff team has important contributors coming off the bench. But the Heat have that and more. Miami's depth extends to the point where they have guys that routinely sit out based on coach Spoelstra's decision that are capable of performing.
That was on display in Game 1 of the Heat's first-round series against the Charlotte Bobcats, when James Jones, who played a grand total of 18 minutes from Dec. 5-Mar. 26, added 12 points in 14 minutes in the Heat victory.
Game 1 was Jones' turn to be the unforeseen hero from the end of the bench. Down the line, it could be someone else. Shane Battier, Greg Oden and Michael Beasley each were disappointments this season and didn't play in the opener, but all possess the talent to be a factor at some point during this playoff run.
Throughout the Big Three era we've seen key role players emerge in the playoffs after playing very few minutes in the regular season (see: Miller, Mike), and this year should be no different.