During the Heat's three-game losing streak there were subtle signs of light amidst the darkness of losing. I'm talking about the integrity of this team beyond Wade, James and Bosh. And the first sign has a number 13 on it.
Re-Energized Miami Bench
Fans can now see that Miller is a good passer, above average rebounder and decent ball handler (take into account his 6'8 stature). Give Miller a few more weeks and we will likely see him operating at over 90% of his capacity. At peak performance, Miller will not only head the team's second unit but also greatly benefit Wade, James and/or Bosh when playing alongside any of them.
A healthy combo of House and Miller only makes the Heat a more formidable opponent, especially in the playoffs. Just imagine when Udonis Haslem returns from injury, then Erik Spoelstra's got himself three solid, dependable bench players to work with.
Heat Showing Resilience
Take a look at the worst parts of the past three games and you can find resilience in just about every instance of negativity. Exhibit A: Miami allowed 44 points in the first quarter versus the Los Angeles Clippers. Response: The Heat were resilient enough to battle back within two points in the second half. Exhibit B: The Heat were blown out by 28 points versus the Denver Nuggets. Response: Miami came back and fought a close game against the Chicago Bulls, minus LeBron and partially without Bosh. This team has bounced back in the face of adversity multiple times this season, the only difference this time is the end results were losses.
Offense Not Lacking
The Heat are still proving to have a competitive fire but only mental lapses on defense and healthy starters are missing in the equation. In fact, the team's offense has done well during their three-game skid, averaging 101 points in that span. That means the primary element lacking is defense, which Miami has excelled in for a majority of the season (they're rank second in opponents field goal % and fifth in opponents points per game).
We can expect Miami's staunch defensive ways to return soon - you don't just suddenly become a poor defensive team. Once the coaches and players refocus, this stretch of struggles will become a faint memory. In a tough love kind-of-way, this could actually make Miami a better team in the long run.