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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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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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LeBron, Wade, Battier, Bosh And Oden Butcher Songs At Battioke 2014

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For the third straight year, Shane Battier got his Heat teammates together in Fillmore to put their vocals to the test in "Battioke" - an event that raises money for Shane's 'Take Charge Foundation', which is dedicated to providing financial aid for underserved students looking to go to college.

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The New, Unchanging LeBron James

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Consecutive championships and record-setting regular seasons later, it's sometimes hard to remember the time when many wondered whether LeBron James and Dwyane Wade could ever successfully coexist. But James and Wade tossed that concern aside what seems like for good a couple seasons ago, specifically one year after its tipping point in that vexing loss to Dallas in the 2011 Finals. The following campaign was the original months-long showcase of ball-movement, cutting, pace, and space that's come to mark Miami's distinct identity in its quest for a three-peat.