Dwyane Wade: ‘We Figured it Out’

The conventional wisdown when the Miami Heat were assembled last summer was that it would take them a while to get their act together. To the horror of everyone outside of Miami, they seem to have already done that, and look primed to win an NBA title. From ESPN: “For months, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra seemed like he was spinning or just lying. Either way, it wasn’t very believable. ‘We have enough,’ Spoelstra would say over and over when challenged about the depth and resolve of his team. Injuries to Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem within the first month of the regular season. Trouble closing out games. Trouble winning close games. Two players signed after getting bought out elsewhere promptly inserted into the starting lineup. Aging veterans in the ‘locker room presence’ era of their careers being relied on for key minutes. An inability to guard opposing centers. An inability to guard opposing point guards. A roster with three All-Stars that needed each of them to play near their best most nights to win. ‘We have enough,’ was Spoelstra’s answer to all the ills that might derail the Heat’s high expectations. Four games into the Eastern Conference Finals, Spoelstra’s mantra is headed toward vindication. The Heat are proving they do have enough — and a bit more than the Chicago Bulls. ‘Enough’ is the primary reason the Heat are one win from The Finals, after a 101-93 overtime victory in Game 4. Enough begins with LeBron James, who has ability to guard any player on the floor. He picked up Derrick Rose and put him on lockdown for the game’s final 10 minutes. Chris Bosh can calmly make clutch shots even though he’s never before been under such pressure in his career. Haslem and Miller can miraculously heal from major injuries at the exact moments their team needs them most. Enough, enough, enough. ‘The regular season was about figuring things out,’ Dwyane Wade said. ‘We figured it out.'”