Several critics have nitpicked the Miami Heat over its play in the first three games of the series against the Philadelphia 76ers arguing that they have played "inconsistently." While I wouldn't necessarily disagree with this (I'll just say thay've played in spurts perhaps to pace themselves), I still find it curious how they can be accused of inconsistent play while the Celtics and Bulls have had each of their games thus far decided by game-winners.
Each of the games the Heat have played so far, have been over in the final minutes. Nevertheless, the team will continue to face scrutiny until they beat "a real contender" in the playoffs. That could occur soon when they play the Boston Celtics in the next round.
The Heat have gotten strong play from each of the Big 3. LeBron James is averaging 24.6 ppg, 12 rpg, and 5.6 apg in the series. Wade, after a rough first few outings, had an amazing 32-point, 10 rebound, 8 assists effort in Game 3. And Bosh, who many said was the "unproven commodity" in the series as he has yet to play in the playoffs second round has averaged 21.6 ppg and 9.6 rpg, both up from his season averages.
Miami Heat have won their three playoff games by an average margin of 11.6 ppg, which is the best margin of any team in the playoffs this year despite their "struggles." The Heat have had its problems though. They still aren't getting enough out of the point guard position and with Bibby and Chalmers combining for 1-8 shooting in Game 3 coach Spoelstra elected to go to a lineup without a point guard in Game 3 and had success. But Bibby and Chalmers must step up if this team wants to reach its potential.
One surprising thing though is that the Heat are getting solid play from the frontcourt players, who have been maligned all season. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is averaging 8.3 ppg and 6.6 rpg. Joel Anthony has also been huge for the Heat as well. His tenacity on defense and rebounding have given the Heat a spark in relief of Z.
Right now, the Heat are the best team of the postseason.