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In an off-season that saw Shaq go to the Cavaliers and Vince Carter get traded to Orlando, the Miami Heat stood pat and will look to build on last year’s 43-win season by asking Dwyane Wade to, once again, play the roll of Atlas. Despite an inconsistent supporting cast, D-Wade won the scoring title last season, all the while stepping up his defense and single-handedly winning games. Still, someone will have to help carry the load if the Heat is to earn another playoff berth. Will Michael Beasley hit his potential and blossom into a big-time scoring threat? Is Mario Chalmers the long-term answer at the point? Can Jermaine O’Neal’s knees keep from turning into crumbled animal crackers before the season is out? There’s uncertainty at every level, except with the guy who wears number 3. Miami will host the Phoenix Suns this Tuesday at American Airlines Arena. Tip-off is at 7:30. Tickets start at ten bucks.
Tue., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2009


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