On Tuesday night, the spectacular tandem of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade continued to create a highlight reel for Sportscenter and other shows around the country. Blocked shots leading to fast break opportunitys and lob passes leading to crowd pleasing finishes at the rim. Against Sacramento, the circus continued to amaze, but the game itself had Heat fans sweating until Miami pulled away in the 4th quarter.
The show was already on in the 1st quarter as LBJ and DWade each fed the other on dunks. Yet the Kings led 32-26 at the end of the quarter after a buzzer-beating three by Tyreke Evans. Sacramento’s youth and athleticism allowed them to really dominate the glass early on, which helped them stay in the game until Miami pulled away late. This King’s team is going to hand some good team’s losses this year.
For the Heat, Wade was a dominant force, scoring 30 points in less than 30 minutes on the court. Flash also added 10 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks for Miami. After Dwyane, the key word was balance. The boys on the beach were all pitching in; Bosh 20pts, Chalmers 20pts, James 18 pts, Norris Cole 12 pts, and Udonis Haslem 10 pts. Like I said, they had a little balance. With all this scoring, Miami was incredibly efficient. The Heat shot over 55% from the field, over 43% from 3pt land, and 87% from the line. With numbers like that, Miami will be near impossible to beat. Enter Jeremy Lin.
On Thursday night, the Heat’s most hated rival, the New York Knicks, come to town to close out the first half of the season. The Knicks have been hapless and hopeless for most of the season. That was until they started playing some dude from Harvard. The “great rice hope”(sorry I couldn’t resist), or Linsanity, or countless other names, all affectionately refer to Jeremy Lin, the point guard that has literally exploded on the scene. This kid has broken records held by people like Shaq and Magic Johnson. He has turned New York into an anti-Carmelo city, at least for the time being. He is exciting and he plays the game with the enthusiasm that fans crave. The Knicks have won 8 of their last 10 with him starting. On Thursday, it will all come crashing down.
The Miami Heat are better than New York. A lot better. When these two teams face off, I think that Wade and Co. will be looking to tear apart the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony, who has been suffering from an injury, is expected to play. Expect LeBron to play Lin on defense for good stretches of the game. You might also see Wade on him a bunch. The Knicks have proven that without a good point guard, they are a very bad team. Miami is going to take their PG away and let a rusty Melo take his best shot. This game should be over with six minutes left in the 4th quarter, and Jeremy Lin will hav
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Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).