The Miami Heat have quietly positioned themselves to contend for the Eastern Conference crown, despite the loss of Chris Bosh. The Heat starting five are as good at scoring the ball as any team in the East — and when they get bench play like they did from Josh Richardson (15 points) in Game 2 against Charlotte, they have the best offense in the conference. The Heat have championship pedigree and, with Hassan Whiteside, have added an athletic element that wasn’t there before. Consider their playoff start.
In the first two games against Charlotte the Heat scored 123 and 115 points, winning by 43 points in total. In Game 2 the Heat shot 58% from the floor. This against a Charlotte Hornets team that ranked #9 in the NBA during the regular season, holding opponents to 100.7 points per game. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 28 in the Game 2 win.
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