The three ring circus came to town tonight. For the first half, all we saw were the clowns, as the Warriors and Heat were tied at 45 with 30 seconds left before intermission. A 3-pointer by one of the guys wearing the funny nose named James Jones gave Miami a lead they would never give back.
That’s because at the half, the clowns went into a phone booth, and Superman came out of one. Lebron James was ordinary for the first 24, and extraordinary from thereon. He scored 15 points in the 3rd quarter when the Heat exploded and expanded their paltry 3-point lead to 19.
The game was still somewhat in doubt towards the end of the 3rd quarter when Dwyane Wade went to the bench, and James went for the jugular. He nailed three threes in the final 90 seconds of the quarter and before you could see a white tiger maul a Las Vegas entertainer, this game was over. It was kind of like putting your head into the lion’s mouth, and having the lion bite it off. Quick, painless and gruesome.
The Warriors were without Stephen Curry who re-injured his right ankle in the game prior, and for a while they hung around behind Dorell Wright, who played inspired ball against his former mates, drilling four 3-pointers before halftime. But like the rest of G’State, he pretty much watched the 2nd half.
If you like the Warriors, it wasn’t pretty. If you like Lebron James, it was a thing of beauty. And if you’re scared that the Heat might be figuring out how to play with each other, it’s time to start being very afraid. After starting the year at 9-8, Miami won their 7th in a row and are now 16-8 on the season.
Golden State is going the opposite direction having lost their 6th in succession and 13th in 15 games after tonight’s 106-84 loss. And even the most adamant Warriors fan can’t be happy to see a lineup of Acie Law, Vladimir Radmonivich, Dan Gadzuric and anyone else left in the phone booth.
The only silver lining for the Warriors was the season debut of top draft pick Ekpe Udoh who played 3 minutes of garbage time, scoring on the first shot of his NBA career. If he can develop into a superstar by the time Golden State plays in Utah on Monday, then the Warriors season could be salvaged.
If he can’t, send in the clowns.
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!