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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Jan 26 2012 @ 2:05 am In Miami Heat | No Comments

Back-to-backs.  In this hurried 66 game NBA season, teams are being forced to play games on back-to-back nights much more frequently than during a normal 82 game season.  Miami, like many teams, has struggled in the second game of these BTB’s this year, including a loss to Milwaukee just a few days ago.  On this Wednesday night in Detroit, it looked for a moment like the Heat would let this one get away, but Chris Bosh and LeBron James sealed the deal at the end as Miami beat the Pistons, 101-98.

The conversation about how well LeBron is  playing without Dwyane Wade is still going on both locally and nationally, but the real reason that the team keeps winning without Wade is because other guys have been stepping up and making big contributions.  The last couple of games it has been Chris Bosh who has been “the guy”.  After dropping 35 points on Cleveland Tuesday night, Bosh went for 27 against the Pistons, including some key buckets during the final minutes.  During these two games combined he has shot over 70% from the field and has made 29 of his last 30 free throws this week.  Like I said, Bosh is the man right now.  Certainly, LeBron is always a factor.  In Detroit he went for 32 and made several nice assists down the stretch, but there are a lot of other players that are making big contributions.  Guys like Mike Miller, who scored in double figures for the first time since his 6-6 3pt performance against San Antonio last week.  The Heat’s point guards have actually been an asset lately.  Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole combined for 25 points on this night, while they were applying constant defensive pressure on the Pistons throughout the game.  No question, this Miami team is winning as a team.

This wasn’t a great win for the Heat.  During this type of season, however, wins like this could wind up being very important as it gets closer to the playoffs.  You would hate to drop a spot or two because your team lost games to inferior opponents early in the season.  On Friday, Miami plays host to the NY Knicks, a team going through all kinds of struggles.  Don’t be surprised if DWade makes his comeback in this game.  There is no team more despised in South Florida than the Knicks, and there were plenty of New York people talking smack about how they were going to beat down the Heat this season.  If the playoffs started right now, the Knicks wouldn’t be in, but the Cleveland Cavaliers would.  I think Miami, and yes LeBron too, would like to keep it that way.

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