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The Heat can make some noise with either defense and offense, if and when postseason rolls around.

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The last two games highlighted game-planning against the Miami Heat won’t be an easy task for opponents, because Miami can win games with either defense or offense, or in a perfect world, both at the same time.

The tough 90’s style of basketball in the 92-91 win over the Los Angeles Lakers showcased Miami’s grit on defense.

The uptempo 149-141 pace in the double overtime Denver Nuggets victory demonstrated the firepower this Heat team possesses.

Not only did the latter contest cause the NBA stats tracker to melt down, these Heat players even outscored any of Miami’s legendary “Big 3” games.

No longer painting itself into a corner without an escape route, last night’s team showed any team game-planning against them, that the Heat have the resources to break an enemy’s plan in unexpected ways.

Miami’s next foe, the New York Knicks, scored 110 points against the Chicago Bulls, 124 points against the Charlotte Hornets, and 110 points against the Philadelphia 76ers in their previous 3 games.

Both Miami and New York won 2 of their last 3 games, and in that span Miami made the most field goal attempts, 284, of any team in the NBA (overtime helped), while the Knicks were second with 283, so expect a lot of shots.

Second, the Knicks had the most rebounds, 161, in the NBA for those 3 games, so keeping them off the glass will be a challenge.

What the Heat demonstrated was the versatility of its roster in adjusting to the demands of any one game, and being able to go in a direction opposite to what the enemy expected.

The great Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne, a diminutive 5’8” tall and 145 lb football player, famously said timing and deception were as important as the fundamentals of blocking and tackling in winning games.

The essence of football was blocking, tackling, and execution based on timing, rhythm and deception.

How can any NBA team prepare for a Heat game when Miami has the ability to win in so many different ways, and with expected or unexpected heroes on any given evening?