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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  October 29, 2010 02:41 PM

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That's what the new-look Miami Heat look like so far. The Heat look like a fantasy basketball team forced to play in the reality of the NBA. Everyone feels if they get their stats it will add up to a win. Doesn't work that way in real life. Basketball is still a team sport. In two games, this group has made more turnovers than a bakery.

Dwayne Wade and LeBron James, in particular, are going to have to make changes and sacrifices to their games, just like Boston's Big Three did. Chris Bosh is clearly the third banana. The only change he has to make is taking less shots.
Wade is going to have to learn to initiate his offense without the basketball, using his speed and quickness to make cuts and curls to receive passes from LeBron, who is a top 5 passer in the NBA. LeBron is going to have to learn to play out of the post, so that the Heat don't have four guys standing around the perimeter all the time. There is no reason he can't be effective posting up or at least receiving the ball in the post before he bulls his way to the basket. Watch some video of Kobe Bryant, LeBron. Get a fadeaway jumper.

Eventually, Miami is going to figure things out, but it's been kind of fun watching them struggle so far, hasn't it?

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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