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Time to see what they're really made of

Regular season mattered to Heat but most teams will show true selves in postseason

Originally Published: April 14, 2011
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

Before we proceed to the best part of the NBA, let's pause to thank the Miami Heat for making the regular season matter again.

In recent years, the Lakers and Celtics have done their best to render the whole 82-game schedule meaningless, saving their efforts for when they felt it was worthwhile. The Heat never had that luxury because we didn't let them.

They brought it on themselves with every televised, self-indulgent exploit over the summer, but we held them accountable. ...

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