Originally written March 28, 2013 on Fox Sports:
This Miami Heat team has always needed failure to help find and define how great they can be. And so, in the end, with its near-historic winning streak halted at 27, it's true again: Their setback allows us and them to sit back, marvel at what they accomplished and fully grasp just how much LeBron James has transformed himself, his team and his league. Two years ago, the Heat needed a devastating collapse to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals to cut through their own cluelessness and fear and find themselves, a fact particularly true for LeBron. Last season, in two postseason series against both the Pacers and Celtics, Miami needed to face dangerous deficits to tap into a version of LeBron James that lifted them to a championship and has since changed the league itself, because that version of LeBron is unlike anything we've seen in a generation. And in the Chicago Bulls' 101-97 victory Wednesday night, a win Chicago gutted out with rebounding and defense and willp...
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