Scouting breakdown: Can Shaq carry the Heat?

Originally Published: March 2, 2007
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
At the moment, the NBA champion Miami Heat are in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, just one game ahead of the ninth-place Orlando Magic. With Dwyane Wade sidelined by a shoulder injury, perhaps the key question in the NBA for the next seven weeks is this: Can the Heat hang on? Or to boil it down further: Can Shaquille O'Neal carry this team?

Let's look back, and then forward, for an answer: