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Tuesday, JANUARY 17, 2012 
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The Miami Heat are hosting the San Antonio Spurs and are hoping that they can take advantage of their opponent's inability to win on the road.

Miami is in the midst a minor panic attack now that they have lost three straight and can’t figure out how to get any production from their center position.

That may not be their only concern if they struggle without Dwyane Wade, who will be inactive tonight.

Keep reading to find out who is going to be active and who will be in street clothes for this battle in South Beach.
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Miami Heat: Why LeBron and Company Will End Their 3-Game Skid Against the Spurs

MIAMI - MARCH 14:  Forward LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat drives against forward Richard Jefferson #24 of the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena on March 14, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Spurs 110-80. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
The Miami Heat are on a three-game losing skid that includes losses to notable Western Conference playoff contenders like the Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets.

In those two losses, the Heat have given up an average of 106 points per game, a point average that is only six points away from the 100.8 ppg season average of their next opponent, the always dangerous San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs sure fit the built of the kind of team that has been giving the Heat trouble all season long. They average 100-plus points per game, they are a legitimate playoff contender from the Western Conference and they are a team that is strong in the front court with PF Tim Duncan an C DeJuan Blaire leading the way.

I know it's hard to believe, especially without Dwyane Wade in the starting lineup, but the Heat are going to do two impressive things regarding three-game streaks on Tuesday night against the Spurs. They are going to put an end to their own three-game skid, and in doing so, they will end the Spurs' three-game winning streak. Pretty amazing how that works out, isn't it?

How are the Heat going to top the 9-4 Spurs without Dwyane Wade and coming off of an arduous road trip out west?

Well, the first thing in the Heat's favor is that the game isn't being played in San Antonio; it's being played in South Beach, and that all but guarantees a Heat victory because the Spurs have yet to win a road game all season.

It's interesting that the Spurs are 8-0 at home and they are 0-4 on the road, and if the past tells us anything about the future, it is that the Spurs will have trouble getting their first road win of the season against the Heat. Last season, the Spurs throttled the Heat in San Antonio to the tune of a 125-95, 30 point blowout.

When the Spurs traveled to South Beach, the Heat returned the favor by crushing the Spurs 110-80, for a 30-point victory that evened the regular season series at 1-1.

Sure, history doesn't always predict the future, but when you combine last season's performances against the Spurs and the fact that the Spurs have yet to win a road game all year, the possibility of the Heat's losing streak reaching four games appears to be slim to none.

Secondly, the Heat are going to beat the Spurs by doing something that the Spurs have had trouble with all season, and that is transition offense. Three out of four of the Spurs losses have come against teams that thrive off of running a fast-break transition offense whenever they get the chance, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Houston Rockets.

Without Dwyane Wade's nagging injuries holding the Heat back in the transition, Miami will be able to control the pace of the game by running their incredibly successful transition/fast break offense off turnovers and opportunistic rebounding opportunities.

If the Heat want to beat the the Spurs, they have to help LeBron James get into the paint, where he averages a league best 14.6 points per game, and the best way for the Heat to do that is to push the pace of the game with their transition offense.

The final reason why the Heat will end their three-game losing streak against the Spurs on Tuesday night is because it's time for James to prove to the basketball world that the Heat are his team and they are at their best with him running the show.

In two games without Wade, James averaged 32.5 points and 11.0 assists on 60.9 percent shooting, which are all improvements from his season averages of 29.5 points and 7.4 assists per game with a shooting percentage of 57.8 percent.
Sure, those two games were against the Indiana Pacers and the New Jersey Nets, but it goes without saying that LeBron has proven this year more than last that he is capable of carrying the Heat without Wade in the lineup, and he will continue to prove that against the Spurs, who struggle mightily on the road.

Spurs small forwards Richard Jefferson and Kawhi Leonard will provide an interesting defensive challenge for LeBron with their adequate size and athletic ability, but ultimately, they won't be able to hold him under 30 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

That kind of production out of LeBron will be enough to get the Heat a much-needed win against a Western Conference playoff contender, subsequently putting an end to their three-game losing streak.

With a much-needed win against the Spurs, the Heat will get their young season back on track, as they head into an important two-game stretch against Kobe and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, followed by an Eastern Conference matchup with the surging Philadelphia 76ers.

The Miami Heat still have a lot left to prove in the 2011-12 NBA season, and it starts with ending their losing streak on Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. bleacherreport.com

Miami Heat: Without Wade, It's Time for LeBron James to Shine in South Beach
With Dwyane Wade sidelined with a plethora of lingering injuries, ranging from a bruised foot to a sprained ankle, the only certain thing in South Beach is the fact that it's LeBron James' time to shine, and that begins Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Heat will be looking to snap a troubling three-game losing streak when they take the court against the Spurs, which will be a difficult task without front-man Wade stepping foot on the court, but it creates the perfect opportunity for LeBron to take center stage for the first time since he's taken his talents to South Beach.

The one thing that taking his talents to South Beach did for LeBron was take away the franchise player aspect of his game that he had when he was in Cleveland. In Cleveland the spotlight was on LeBron and no one else, and that is when he shined the brightest, having the most complete statistical season of his career in 2007-08 with 30.0 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game and 7.2 assists per game.

There's no doubt LeBron has that "franchise" ability left in him, as he's producing at a similar rate this year with current averages of 29.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG and 7.4 APG, but the one thing that keeps him from the spotlight night in and night out is the other talent in Wade and Chris Bosh that are on the court with him.

The debate of who's team the Heat is and which player is the foundation of the Heat's franchise will always live on, but LeBron has the opportunity to make one of the biggest statements of his career in his upcoming three games against the Spurs, Lakers and surging 76ers.

The three teams the Heat play within the next five days have a combined record of 29-12, which is the most difficult three-game stretch, when it comes to overall combined record, that the Heat have faced all season.
There's an extremely high likelihood that Wade will sit out all three of those games, and if he does, it gives LeBron the opportunity he needs to reassert himself as the true franchise player and most complete player in the NBA that he can be every night of the week if given the chance.

LeBron has a tendency to wait for the game to come to him, and with Wade on the court he's able to win games doing that. Without Wade, LeBron is going to have to attack the rim, getting into the paint frequently and taking over the game when the Heat need him to, if the Heat stand any chance of winning their next three games. More on Bleacherreport.

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