Miami Heat Flash Immense Upside and Other Friday NBA Takeaways

January 2nd, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

The Miami Heat have forced their fans to endure a roller-coaster ride this season. Some nights, they've dominated the opposition, showing what made them a preseason candidate to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers for Eastern Conference supremacy. Other times, the pieces haven't mixed together, leading the team to endure a seemingly inexplicable loss.

Friday night fit into the former category, as the Heat trounced the Dallas Mavericks 106-82 to improve to 19-13 on the year. Whether the two-way success lasts is a question for another time, but the dominant showing did put on display exactly what this squad can accomplish on any given night.

Almost across the board, the important pieces excelled. 

Luol Deng didn't contribute much, but he did drain one big first-quarter triple off a Goran Dragic feed that helped spark a massive Miami run. Chris Bosh was uncharacteristically uninvolved, but it's not like the team needed much more than his 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. 

And that's where the qualifiers end. 

Dwyane Wade began the night on the bench, fighting of ...

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