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Riley, Heat regeneration depends on duo

Updated: January 7, 2007, 7:51 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

I know what you're thinking.

But I haven't changed my thinking.

Suspicious as it looks for Pat Riley to suddenly take a leave of absence, with the Miami Heat backsliding again and the Nick Saban saga conveniently hogging the local and national spotlight, nothing about this season's blueprint has changed for the Heaters.

In the East? They just have to get to the playoffs, which just means getting Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal (reasonably) healed.

The health status ...

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