NBA Miami Heat: 5 Reasons Team Needs Bench Player Quality, Not Quantity

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NBA Miami Heat: 5 Reasons Team Needs Bench Player Quality, Not Quantity
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Not even the combination of the talent of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh could roll out a championship with Joel Anthony and Mario Chalmers as the Miami Heat's fourth- and fifth-best players for the postseason.

With the hype surrounding the acquisitions of the Big Three during the offseason, it was easy to believe that a trio of this magnitude could bring about a championship with little to no help. All three players are under 30 years old, in or near their primes and considered some of the best players in the game. Wade and James are arguably the first and second best today.

Since the Boston Celtics' big three that was assembled in the summer of 2007 won a championship in its first season together, how couldn't a team with three players of the magnitude of Wade, James and Bosh not win it all as well?

Even with James, Wade and a top-tier power forward in Bosh, the Heat still had their fair share of obstacles. They had to overcome the losses of their two top bench players and the inconsistency of every player not named Dwyane Wade or LeBron James. With no reliable offensive or defensive threats, outside of Anthony, the Heat struggled down the stretch as teams began to expose their flaws.

Since the team had to rely on the seventh, eighth and ninth men for the majority of the season, there was a heavier burden than expected on the big three to perform and exceed expectations. It also proved that the team could use some help on its bench outside of Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem.

These injuries hurt the Heat, but it was also a blessing in disguise for the team as it showed that they would need some sort of help in desperate situations.

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