Originally written on Fox Sports Florida
By CHARLIE McCARTHY  |  Last updated 10/28/13
MIAMI -- Nobody has to the tell the Miami Heat players what's at stake in 2013-14. "I think we understand this is a once in a lifetime opportunity," Dwyane Wade said. That's because the two-time defending champions will try to become the third NBA team of the modern era to win three straight championships. Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls did it twice (1991-93, 1996-98) and the Los Angeles Lakers with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant three-peated from 2000-02. The Heat will begin their quest for a third consecutive title at home against the Bulls in Tuesday night's season opener. "We have a very motivated group," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We always constantly emphasize the growth mindset, re-inventing ourselves, getting better, embracing the new challenges and not just thinking our game from last will be good enough." Last year, the Heat won 66 games and cruised through a regular season that included a 27-game winning streak. The playoffs, however, were a bigger challenge as Mi...
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