Five Things That Must Happen for the Miami Heat to Reach the NBA Finals
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Five Things That Must Happen for the Miami Heat to Reach the NBA Finals

Hassan Whiteside Charlotte Hornets

4. Get Whiteside Going

Hassan Whiteside warmups

Heat fans should hope that finishing third in the Defensive Player of the Year voting will tick Whiteside off and turn him into a man on a mission. Since the All-Star break, the big man has been on a tear, posting 17.5 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks per game.

A high-quality big man who can score, defend and instill fear in opponents is so valuable in today’s NBA because a guy like that is just so rare. In addition to blocking and altering opponents’ shots, Whiteside must crash the boards like never before and be ready and willing to reel in lobs from guys like Dragic, Wade and Johnson for easy dunks and layups. The 7-footer must bring a new level of focus, determination and grit to each playoff game from here on out.

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