Rashard Lewis, Martell Webster Disagree on Heat's Playoff Chances Without “Big Three”

The "Miami Heat" were in town Wednesday to face the Wizards as the NBA regular-season comes to a close. The reason why I use quotation marks is because it wasn't really the Heat, since there was no LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh or Udonis Haslem in the lineup.

That didn't matter though, as the "Heat" -- whose starting lineup was comprised of Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis and Joel Anthony -- defeated the Wizards 103-98 to clinch the best record in the NBA and home court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs.

Afterward, former Wizard Lewis said that the "Heat's" B-squad could still be a playoff team (keep in mind said team also includes Chris Andersen, Ray Allen, Norris Cole and James Jones) even without the likes of James, Wade and Bosh.

"Most definitely we would be a playoff team," Rashard Lewis told reporters. "Probably not a top-three team, but I think anywhere from there we'd be fighting for a playoff spot, just because we've got a lot of veterans on the team, a lot of smart guys on the team that know how to play the game."

Martell Webster, for lack of a better term, thought Lewis was nuts.

"Then he woke up, right?" he said. "Honestly, no. We should have blown that team out, to tell you the truth."

The Wizards did blow out the Heat on the last day of last season, a 104-70 win at Verizon Center without "The Big Three," so it could happen.

I guess we'll have to wait until games are meaningless for both teams again next season for the rubber match.

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