The Miami Heat started the second half of the season the same way they went in to the all-star break, on fire. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James combined for 71 points as Miami smashed Portland in Portland, 107-93. The game marked the Heat’s ninth win in a row, and all have been by double-digits. Thursday night was a display of power for the boys from South Beach. They beat the Blazers in just about every catagory and never let the game get any closer than 10 points throughout the final three quarters. This just in; Miami is the best team in the NBA.
In more somber news, Chris Bosh didn’t play due to the death of his grandmother. He is expected to return by Sunday when Miami travels to L.A. to face the Lakers.
Bron and DWade had more than enough in them to cover the loss of Bosh for this game, as both registered double-doubles. Udonis Haslem also hit that mark as he had 11 points and 14 rebounds. The real aspect of the game that was reinforced during this game is the chemistry between James and Wade. These two guys are the best tandem in the NBA. Period. Their timing on lobs and other passes is unmatched. Chris Paul is great when he tosses it up for Blake Griffin, but how many times does Griffin return the favor. Dwyane and LeBron pass it back and forth, setting up each other for great finishes. It’s the best thing to watch since Jordan/Pippen, only it’s a little different. Both players are better than Scottie, but neither is as good as Michael.
As the second half of the NBA season begins, one thing is clear; the Miami Heat are the best team in the league. The one thing that remains up for debate is who is their most important player? Charles Barkley thinks it’s LeBron. Reggie Miller thinks it’s Wade. I’m with Reggie on this one. The single most important aspect of Miami’s success in the playoffs is DWade’s health. Even tonight in the 3rd quarter I watched sequences where James would settle for a jumper and miss, while Wade would force the issue and drive. Regardless, this season is entertaining, even if it is lockout-shortened.
About the Author
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...).