Let's imagine a terrible scenario in which the Miami Heat's five starters all magically develop some sort of injury that collectively keeps all five out until the playoffs, Would the team even make the playoffs? Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem thinks the bench players could get them there on their own.
Well, considering how horrible the Eastern Conference is this year, a Junior College JV team might actually have a shot at making the playoffs.
According to The Herald's Barry Jackson, Wade and Haslem started discussing the theoretical situation during a bus ride, and the team came to the conclusion that even without Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers, the Heat could still make the playoffs.
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"We could easily compete for the sixth, seventh, eighth seed," Rashard Lewis told the paper. "Allen and Beasley would be our go-to guys. The rest of us would be role players."
Chalmers thinks that team could even get the third seed.
It's not unimaginable. The Heat and the Pacers are the only teams with winning records in the Eastern Conference (the Wizards sit at .500). There's already talk the conference could be the worst professional sports conference in history. To put it in prospective, every single team in the Western's Southwest Division currently has a record above .500.