2009-10 record: 47-35, 5th place in Eastern Conference
There’s little doubt that DWYANE WADE won’t get as many touches playing alongside LeBron James. He’ll still put up plenty of numbers . . . He might end up coming off the bench, but Miami will find enough minutes for MIKE MILLER. They don’t need a true point guard, but they do need Miller’s three-point shooting and basketball IQ . . . The Heat would love to see MARIO CHALMERS step up and claim the point guard spot, but he’s been shaky over his first two seasons . . . CARLOS ARROYO is Plan B at the point. If he can regain his three-point touch, he’d be a better fit . . . EDDIE HOUSE will do some part-time gunning. Basketball odds.
The plan is for LEBRON JAMES to sacrifice scoring and be this team’s Magic Johnson. We’ll see how it works out. Wade needs to dominate the ball too, so it’s tough to imagine LeBron averaging double-digit assists . . . Of the Big Three, CHRIS BOSH figures to lose the most field-goal attempts. LeBron and Wade will take more shots and possibly even grab more rebounds than Bosh . . . UDONIS HASLEM will probably spend a lot of time at center, serving as the muscle alongside Bosh. His role won’t be different than it’s been . . . JUWAN HOWARD will be a second-unit glue guy; most nights he’ll be a cheerleader . . . JAMES JONES will be a seldom-used three-point specialist. Basketball spreads.
ZYDRUNAS ILGAUSKAS doesn’t have much left in the tank; Miami will use Udonis Haslem more often than they use Big Z . . . JOEL ANTHONY’s not much on offense, but he can bang and defend . . . If all else fails, they can turn to JAMAAL MAGLOIRE to take up space . . . Even if there were minutes for him, DEXTER PITTMAN can’t go much longer than 15 minutes a night. Basketball lines.
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win NBA Championship: 8-to-5
2009-10 TEAM STATISTICS
Offense – 96.5 points per game (25th in the NBA)
Defense – 94.2 points per game (2nd in the NBA)