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MIAMI – If there's an upside for the Miami Heat to play without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh at times as the regular season winds down, it's that the reigning NBA champions get reminded of their depth.
Bench play has been particularly strong of late for the Heat, who are close to wrapping up home-court advantage throughout the entirety of the NBA playoffs.
Mike Miller scored 26 points to lead the Heat to a win on Friday night. Chris Andersen grabbed 15 rebounds off the bench in just over 25 minutes on Saturday night, a game against Philadelphia where Rashard Lewis nearly outscored the 76ers by himself in the fourth quarter.
And neither Miller, Andersen nor Lewis would be a candidate to start for Miami in the playoffs, barring an injury issue.