LeBron James' flexibility in the Heat's offense has contributed to Eddie House's return to the rotation. During the Heat's six-game winning streak, James has played three different positions consistently. It's that flexibility which has allowed players like House and Mike Miller to make larger impacts in games. Entering Saturday, House was averaging 11.1 points in his last 10 games. He scored 15 on Sunday. "Now you're seeing our ability after we're comfortable; now we're using our versatility we have with our roster," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Probably the toughest dynamic — and he makes it look easy — is the fact that I'm playing LeBron at three different positions." James starts games at small forward, his natural position, but when Mario Chalmers rotates out of the game James sometimes switches to his hybrid, point-forward position. When Chalmers and Dwyane Wade are both out of the game, James plays exclusively at point forward. "It changes possession to possession," Spoelstra said. "Sometimes [James] plays the four for us at the high post and we run offense through him like we did with Chris and the other 60-70 percent of the time he's bringing the ball up as a point-forward, and that took an adjustment for us to make sure we knew the intricacies of where to go depending on where he is." House and Miller have thrived in these situations recently. House made key free throws late in the game against Detroit on Jan.28. Two days later he made the game-winning three-pointer against Oklahoma City. The Heat's winning streak has coincided with House's return to relevancy as well. He only played four minutes during the Heat's loss to the Knicks on Jan. 27. The Heat has not lost since then — a six-game winning streak in which House has played no fewer than 12 minutes, but is averaging more than 23 minutes per game.
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