Q: As the Heat get deeper into the win streak, is their play fueling the wins or achieving the wins fueling their play? -- Will, Miami. A: Hmm, a chicken-and-egg for the pick-and-roll set? OK, I'll bite. I think the streak has taken on a life of its own, that at points where the players might otherwise have gone, "OK, not, tonight," they instead are reaching for that next level often not seen until the playoffs. The key is to be able to do it while not pushing the team's leading men too far. Erik Spoelstra seems to be doing that, with the team taking extra care to make sure it was safe for Dwyane Wade to return Friday in Milwaukee. Most teams have only one championship run on the way to a title, this team might be afforded two distinctly memorable runs, with this to be remembered only if a title follows. Q: Somehow, if the Heat wrap up first seed in the NBA prematurely (with OKC and the Spurs having mini slumps and the Heat continuing their winning ways) do you see LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh not playing for the last three to five games of the season? -- Jono, Miami. A: I don't think it even has to do with the top overall seed. Once the Heat wrap up the top seed in the East, and once this streak ends, I think Erik will be very liberal with the time off for good behavior. It work for last season's championship run and I'm sure Erik will look back upon that success. To those who bought tickets to see the Heat play on the road in Charlotte, Washington and Cleveland in April, well, caveat emptor.
Is streak lifting Heat to a higher level?
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