NBA Live 09 Impact Meter: Heat with healthy Wade, Marion and Beasley

When Dwyane Wade won his first championship ring, nobody figured his other fingers would be jealous for long as Flash was playing on such an elite level (and getting the elite player calls) that surely he'd be playing for countless titles as long as he stayed healthy.

But that's the problem. Wade hasn't managed to stay healthy and the injuries really seemed to take a toll on his game the last couple of years, and maybe for the first time in his career, fans started to doubt him.

Was he too injury prone? Was he the next Grant Hill?

Anyone who saw him play in the Olympics could see that a healthy Wade is still one of the best players in the game today. So what does adding him into a lineup with The Matrix and Michael Beasley (who averaged 17.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 45% FG in the sim) mean for the Heat?

A return to championship form, that's what, as NBA Live 09 predicts a serious turnaround for Miami as they go from worst to first while winning 40 more games than they did last season. The Heat then go on and beat Charlotte, Cleveland, and Boston to make it to the NBA Finals where they faced Kobe and the Lakers.

And while Wade and crew eventually lost the series in six games, there's plenty to cheer for again in Miami as the team has found a young, and more importantly, healthy nucleus to build around (if they don't end up trading Marion, that is).