MIAMI The way the two have been playing lately, the national perception is LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and three guys from a beer league could win in the NBA playoffs.
Their Miami Heat teammates might not necessarily agree. But they're still spending plenty of time these days giving the two stars the business.
"We joke," said Heat forward Shane Battier. "We told them, 'I know you guys try to petition the NBA to try to change the game of basketball to a two-on-two basketball game.' Unfortunately, that fell on deaf ears. They're going to have to put three players out there not named LeBron and Dwyane. So we'll have to take our chances. We say that in jest."
The Heat took their chances Monday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Boston. James and Wade combined for 54 points, which might actually seem like a scant amount considering they had averaged a combined 65.7 points in their three previous playoff games.
Still, it was good enough. The Heat won 93-79 at Amer...