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Would Heat Have Made Deep Playoff Run If Healthy?

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The Miami Heat lost LeBron James at the start of the offseason, but recovered well by re-signing Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, and Chris Andersen as well as signing Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, and Hassan Whiteside (although that was later in the season). Right before the trade deadline, Miami was also able to acquire Goran Dragic.

Unfortunately for them, Chris Bosh missed the second half of the season due to a blood clot in his lung, Wade sat a few games for maintenance, and Hassan Whiteside also missed more than a handful of games due to a deep cut between his fingers which he suffered dunking the ball. Miami, however, only missed the playoffs by two games. So that begs the question: Could the Miami Heat have made a deep playoff run if they were healthy.

Just by the sole fact that the Heat were less than a handful of games away from making the playoffs while some of their key guys missed some important games should already prove that the Heat had more than enough to make the playoffs. A major reason the Heat were eliminated from playoff contention was that the Cleveland Cavaliers essentially gave away two games to the Boston Celtics in order to keep the scary Miami squad out of the playoffs and instead facing an inexperienced Celtics team.

The Heat with a healthy starting lineup of Dragic, Wade, Deng, Bosh, and Whiteside definitely would have made noise in the postseason, possibly even made it to the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive year in a row. Of course, everything is hypothetical at this point, but staying healthy definitely could have led to a Cavs-Heat series somewhere in the postseason.

This upcoming season, the Heat will take the court as a team with the postseason on its mind and a championship (hopefully) on its way.