here. There’s a clear divide between the top nine players and the final five. Mike Bibby is in the lower tier, but his numbers with the Big Three have been fantastic so his increased role the next few weeks will move him to the upper tier. ..
- Point Guard: Minutes would be split between Mario Chalmers and Mike Bibby. Bibby would get the starting nod as his floor spacing provides a huge boost when playing with James, Bosh and Wade. Against more active point guards like Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo, Chalmers would get the majority of the minutes to allow for Wade to get some rest on the defensive end. Wade could possibly play some point guard when the Heat go with an orthodox lineup.
- Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade would obviously get the vast majority of the minutes at the two. He will average around 40 minutes per game in the post season. Spelling Wade should be James Jones.
- Small Forward: Just as Dwyane Wade will play 40 minutes, LeBron will do the same. The Heat may use some small ball lineups so he may get limited run at power forward. Backing up James should be James Jones. By splitting his minutes across the two positions Jones will average just under 20 minutes.
- Power Forward: Chris Bosh’s role will be very similar to what it is now, just with a few more minutes. Health permitting, Udonis Haslem will take over the role Juwan Howard has held recently. Should the Heat play the Celtics or Knicks in the playoffs, expect Bosh to slide to the five with Haslem at the four.
- Center: Zydrunas Ilgauskas has been the Heat’s most effective center this season. Erick Dampier will probably remain the starter, but the minutes will likely be evenly split among the two as long the matchup allows it. Against athletic or undersized big men expect Joel Anthony to get the bulk of the minutes. Also, as expressed earlier, look for Bosh to finish games at the center position against certain teams.
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