Ranking the Miami Heat’s X-Factors Beyond Big 3

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Ranking the Miami Heat’s X-Factors Beyond Big 3

They command the shots and the headlines.

They bear the burden and the blame.

And that is as it should be, since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are the Heat’s three All-Stars, as well as an enormous collective chunk of the team’s salary cap.

Between them, they represent $52 million of the Heat’s $83 million in commitments for this season.

That’s nearly 65 percent, and it correlates almost exactly with their nightly percentage of the Heat’s scoring.

Still, they didn’t win the 2012 championship alone.

They needed clutch shooting from Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers, strong defense from Shane Battier, solid screens from Joel Anthony, big rebounds from Udonis Haslem and even some pesky on-ball defense from then-rookie Norris Cole.

His energy in particular helped turn Game 4 of the NBA Finals around.

The bench was supposed to be better this season, with the additions of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.

But, 45 games into the season, Erik Spoelstra is still in search of reliable combinations, especially when James is resting.

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BY ETHAN SKOLNICK


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