Game 3 of the Indiana Pacers Series seems ages ago. The Heat were being blown out, Wade and Spo were fighting, this experiment was failing.
The Heat were steak without potatoes, spaghetti without meatballs, hamburger without a bun.
The Heat's formula for success includes defensive contributions from all, fast break points from most, and relying on the "Big 3" to carries us through the season offensively. However, once Bosh went down, it became glaringly apparent how thin this team really was on the offensive court.
When Bosh went down, everybody knew without monster games from our 2 super stars every night, we could be bounced from the playoffs in the second round. Luckily, our two super stars took on the challenge and came back with a jaw dropping 40 and 30 performance.
But what happened yesterday was not a monster night. It fact it was barely above average. Lebron pulled in his expected 32 (albeit still better than most) and we got a completely pedestrian 22 points from Wade. It was our bench and role players that helped us win last night.
Battier, Chalmers, Haslem, Miller. The role players are no longer just providing defensive hustle but offensive firepower too. People are finally dropping their shots. We're finally becoming a complete team. This might not have happened if Bosh was still in the lineup. The Heat are becoming a complete team out of necessity, and consequently have a much better shot at competing for a championship.
If/When Bosh comes back, it is no longer about the "Big 3."
It's about the complete team that is the Heat.