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Play Breakdown: ‘Flash’ Returns for the Heat

Apr 20, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) motions to fans before a game against the Charlotte Bobcats in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Though difficult to comprehend now, it wasn't long ago that the Miami Heat – with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh wearing red and gold – looked lost offensively. Conventional wisdom before the 2010-2011 season was that Miami would take the league by storm, ushering in new structures of team-building both on and off the floor. Back then, it didn't seem insane when Jeff Van Gundy predicted that this new Big Three would lead the Heat to a record-breaking 73 wins – never before had skilled, smart, uber-athletes of James and Wade's caliber ran opposite wings, and Bosh was an ideal fit alongside them as rangy inside-out scorer.

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Hidden Subplots of the 2014 NBA Playoffs

Photo: Flickr/Mat Sadler

The Larry O'Brien trophy isn't the only thing driving this year's playoff field. There are deeper driving forces beneath the surface, and Derek has uncovered them all just in time for tip-off.

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Profile Paroxysm: Sitting down with Chris Douglas-Roberts, Part 3: Respect

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Ed. Note: We're very pleased to have the opportunity to bring you a one-on-one interview with Chris Douglas-Roberts. Longtime friend of the site, Fred Katz, had a lengthy chat over the phone with CDR this week. We've broken it up into three parts; this is the third part.

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Profile Paroxysm: Sitting down with Chris Douglas-Roberts, Part 2: Appreciation

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Ed. Note: We're very pleased to have the opportunity to bring you a one-on-one interview with Chris Douglas-Roberts. Longtime friend of the site, Fred Katz, had a lengthy chat over the phone with CDR this week. We've broken it up into three parts; this is the second part.