Can Heat be better after Wade injury?

Despite losing their star guard, Heat could benefit from his absence

Updated: January 18, 2012, 5:52 PM ET
By John Carroll | ESPN Insider
Dwyane WadeBart Young/NBAE via Getty ImagesDoes Dwyane Wade's injury actually help the Heat in the long run?

Friday the 13th be damned, it was lucky Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade didn't break his ankle last week.

However, the Heat lost more than a 117-104 decision to the Denver Nuggets on Friday, as Wade has been ruled out indefinitely. The date for his return is unknown, but what is definite is the Heat must find ways to compensate for losing their All-Star guard and leader.

Despite their current three-game losing streak, the Heat certainly have enough talent to win without Wade. Indeed, most teams have only one All-Star, and when he goes down, the team suffers. But this team has three. And could it be that the Heat might be better in the long run because of Wade's injury?

John Carroll

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John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.