Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at 12:55 pm  |  32 responses

Dwyane Wade Says the Miami Heat Have Matured as a Team

by Marcel Mutoni@ marcel_mutoni

Two seasons ago, after boasting that they would win something like 8 championships together, the Miami Heat wouldn’t have been able to escape Boston with the kind of big comeback victory they had last night, their 23rd in a row.

Dwyane Wade says there simply wasn’t enough trust built within the group yet. It’s part of the reason they fell flat on their faces in the 2011 NBA Finals, despite their superstar-laden team.

Now, Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh and company have their eyes set on making history. And it all starts with the unwavering belief they have in one another, according to Wade. (This is especially useful when games are on the line.)

Per the Boston Herald:

“I think you really see growth through tough times, when things aren’t going well on the court,” said Wade, who finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists. “I think the first year when this team was put together, we didn’t know each other the way we needed to, to really get through those tough times in the game. Now, no matter what it is, we believe in each other. We believe in our system that we can do it.”

Mario Chalmers stuck a huge 3-pointer to complete the comeback from the double-digit deficit, and Shane Battier blocked (Jeff) Green with eight seconds remaining to force the Celtics into a contested shot from Paul Pierce. “We are in a groove right now,” Chalmers said. “Everyone is playing together and everyone is playing calm, and it’s about the little things that everybody is doing.” [...] “It means a lot to what we’re trying to build,” LeBron James said of the win. “A tough-minded team on the road, it’s a hostile environment. We grew again tonight and that’s big for our team.”

The Miami Heat are now 10 straight wins away from matching the record set by the 1971-’72 Lakers. It won’t be easy, with a pair of back-to-backs, and stops in Chicago and San Antonio ahead.

All of those challenges await them before the real test begins — their defense of the NBA championship.

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  • KevinJohnsonFan

    They can take anything after they got through that first season playing together. Getting to the Finals in their first season together wasn’t really a failure as many people saw it. It was a disappointment maybe, but they struggled to learn how to play together and still made it that far. And if LeBron hadn’t have disappeared, they probably would have won. I never understood why so many fools took issue with those two deciding to play together. As if it was a bad decision. How do you stop the best player in the world paired with another top 5 player (when healthy which he is now)? Add in Bosh. Ray Allen. Shane Battier. Shooters all over the place with two of the best slashers to ever play the game. Good luck beating them in a series.

  • LP

    It was a failure….We’ve already established that. They regrouped and won the next year.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Who established that? That must be for those who hated them the minute they got together. Those people really don’t matter. Getting to the Finals is failure? In their first year? No. It was disappointment. Nothing more. Failure would have been not getting anywhere near winning a championship.

  • The Philosopher


  • LP

    Pardon me, with two of the best players in the world on one team, its a Failure…..Their goal was to win a championship and they Failed. Some teams have a goal to make the playoffs, and they fail…. They had high standards and failed. Then won it the next year. ….. If their goal was to get to the finals, they succeeded… but then got ‘dissappointed’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    I wonder whether it’s a good thing for MIA to push themselves in an attempt to get the record especially when a majority of their production comes from their Top 3 players. Regardless it’s a good problem to have but will anyone consider MIA’s season to be a success if they get the record but fail to win the championship? I doubt it.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I do agree that they obviously failed at their ultimate goal but I wouldn’t say it’s a failure in a sense of just completely crashing and burning. Think about it this way. They struggled with team chemistry despite their star studded cast and still steam rolled through the playoffs until they eventually lost in 6 to the Mavs.

  • bike

    If LA doesn’t make it to the finals, or even the playoffs for that matter….now that is Failure.

  • Max

    It’s was a failure, because the Heat were the better team on paper, with homecourt.
    But it’s not as big a failure as people make it seem, because it was their first year together.

  • http://twitter.com/LuisBrownish Luis Moreno

    The reason why it wasn’t a failure was because they weren’t supposed to be in the Finals in the first place. Nobody expected them to. I even had my doubts about getting past Boston (before the Perkins trade).Everyone thought the Bulls would beat them too after that blowout in Game 1. They made it to the Finals tho because they overcame the odds, and unfortunately they couldn’t do it for one more series. That finals appearance was pre-mature. They won it convincingly the next year, and it’s not hard to see why.

  • LP

    You guys might not think this way but…….when players like Dwade and Lebron (players who have already PREVIOUSLY been to the finals) get there again, anything less than winning is a Failure. i understand what you guys are trying to say, but these guys put that pressure on them and Most winners do….(“not 1, not 2, not 3..)….its ok… Failure is why you succeed (MJ23 commercial)

  • Name

    How is it that people who hate the Heat “don’t matter”? I guess the people who liked them “don’t matter” either. I hate the Heat (and hated them before the LBJ stuff) but I can still give a reasonable opinion on the team and its player no matter how much I dislike D-Wade…

  • KevinJohsonFan

    It was disappointment. Dirk Nowitzki is no scrub. Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd. Let’s not act like the Mavericks winning was just luck and they weren’t talented. The Heat didn’t play as well as they should have, but Dirk and those guys did what they needed to do to win. Failure would have been a sweep or them not getting to the Finals. But I fail to see how any team can make it to the Finals, win 2 games and have someone say it’s failure. Regardless of what they look like on paper, a team that just got together that season making it as far as they did and getting that close to winning isn’t a failure.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    If they didn’t get to the Finals with those 3 guys on one team, that would have been a failure of a season. But an entire season being a failure after they won as many games as they did during the regular season, got past a tough team Boston in the 2nd round and got within 2 games of winning a title? No, that’s not a failure of a season.

  • KevinJohnsonFan


  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Their standards don’t matter because they made their expectations out of their dislike for the team. The people who laughed when they lost and said it was a failure and they shouldn’t have decided to play together…it’s those people whose opinions are colored by their dislike for that team. Most people who were able to be objective about the team didn’t call it a huge failure of a season. They called it a disappointment especially LeBron’s play in that Finals series. But they had too good of a season for any reasonable person to call it failure.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Megatron

    guys anyone who wants to make a bracket and compete against your slamily just follow the link, sign in or create and account, and then join the group, league id# – 166818 and password – slamily http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/group/166818

  • The Seed

    I can’t wait until the Pacers put them out of the Playoffs.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    take it easy.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    they said they care about the championship more than the record. the record just happened, they didnt set their goal this year to beat the record. eh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.callihan1 Chris Callihan


  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.callihan1 Chris Callihan

    so u can wake up?

  • trueballer4life

    i smell 36 in a row they will break the record! go heat..

  • trueballer4life

    LEBRON and the rest of heat had to lose in 2011 finals.., Lebron changed as person player and he humbled himself went back to basics an got bk to having love for the game and not playering with hate.. losing in the in the finals 2011 was the best thing that could’ve happened..! look at the heat there showing why there best team assembled in the nba..

  • trueballer4life

    you got to fail to succeed!..

  • AndyK415

    It was a failure because all 3 of them said at the party that they came together to win a title and nothing else….so therefore even according to Wade, James, and Bosh, it was a failure.

  • trueballer4life

    them pesky pacers dont stand a chance against in the playoffs miami lmfao..!

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Did they say they came together to win it the first year? No. LeBron said he saw a team that could win multiple. They have 1. People love to talk about the “Not 4, not 5, not 6″ thing, but he was obviously just having fun with his new teammates and the fans that were there (because let’s remember that the event was for those fans). They have 1. They made it to the Finals in their first year. They probably will end up getting multiple. So no, not a failure.

  • Max

    Fair enough.
    Let’s say the Heat’s run was a dissapointment, but Lebron’s final performance was a failure?

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Agree. He failed. Easily the best player in the series, should have been way more aggressive whether his shots were falling or not. 2nd disappearance in the playoffs and on the biggest stage. Had the better team with him. Failure on his part.

  • eriksuperman

    They have matured, and although they are a fun group of guys
    apparently, they step up when it matters most. I thought for sure the Celtics
    were going to pull this one off, but Lebron definitely had other plans. I caught the second half on my iPad after my
    shift at DISH was over, and my new iPad app lets me take my TV and DVR with me wherever
    I go. I ride the bus home most nights,
    so when I left work I flipped on my iPad (Androids too) and the DISH Anywhere app,
    and watched on the bus ride as if I were right at home in front of my TV. I like being able to connect with the action
    as soon as I’m done at work, and having my TV with me makes my commutes a LOT
    more fun!

  • AndyK415

    Okay so why were they so upset when they lost in the finals then if it wasn’t a failure in their eyes?