Dwyane Wade’s “One Last Dance” may be the theme, but Justise Winslow has slowly regained the magic he displayed at Duke University.
Winslow is finally showing the form that wowed fans and scouts alike at age 19 as a teenager.
Getting back to full strength after injury-ridden growing pains Winslow’s shiftiness around the rim has come back at the NBA level.
The adjustment took a while, but his Duke highlights show Winslow can be a dominant force in games once he gets the drift of how to impact games forcefully at the next level.
His boundless energy around the rim and the court has found soulmates lately with teammates who can wreck inside the arc, such as Bam Adebayo who can do his own version of the “Kelly Keeper.”
Not to forget Derrick Jones Jr. who can spark the team with his relentless energy, when not getting caught out of position on the court.
And Josh Richardson has his own fond memories of being a defensive blanket on Kemba Walker, who would prefer not to go one on one versus Richardson.
Momentum does matter as the Heat regain their identity going into the month of March.
With Dion Waiters, Winslow, Richardson, Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk starting, Miami has Wade, Goran Dragic(when healthy), Hassan Whiteside and Jones Jr. coming off the bench, which might strike fear into other teams when they make substitutions.
That scenario doesn’t even mention James Johnson or Rodney McGruder.
The starters have performed so well over the last five games, that people forget the talent Miami has waiting for their turn on the court.
Right now the chemistry of the starters and team in general is undeniable, even against the Atlanta Hawks.
Tonight’s game in Charlotte versus the Hornets has extra meaning for Whiteside and Adebayo since both of their families live in North Carolina, and Winslow has a devout fan base from nearby Duke University.
If the video clip of Winslow is any indication of what he’s capable of, the Heat might have some surprises in store during “March Madness.”