Not even Game 1 of the 2014 playoffs, the game we thought the Miami Heat had been waiting for all year, could wake the team up from their regular season malaise.
I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong. So when I decided to take a look at my record predictions for the 2013-14 season, I knew I’d end up way off on a few.
Now that I look at them, though, they’re not that bad. My prediction is the record I predicted, while the second record is how they actually finished. The number next to those records is how far off I was. Continue reading
It was as typical a game between the Miami Heat and New York Knicks as you would imagine.
The Heat need a few minutes to wake up. The Knicks come out firing, and continue to do so for the rest of the game. The Heat play with effort for five minutes and almost look they’re going to run away from it. The Heat relent. The game is close for the next 20 minutes.
In the end, it’s usually a Knicks’ player making an unsubstantial amount of threes, but not enough because of too much LeBron James.
With less than two weeks remaining until the end of the regular season, I thought it would be wise to check out the remaining schedules of a few teams.
You know, I was just thinking about how long it’s been since we were treated with the full LeBron James experience.
Not since his dunk over Paul Millsap have we seen LeBron put someone on his highlight reel this convincingly. Nearing the end of the first quarter in the Miami Heat’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Ekpe Udoh made one of the greatest mistakes of his NBA career.
With LeBron given an open lane, because only the Bucks would give him an open lane, he took full advantage, driving and lifting off near the dotted-line. Udoh, meanwhile, thought it would be wise to get in the middle of this, despite having been on the other end of a LeBron dunk already.
James went through Udoh like he was an apparition, and threw down arguably his best dunk of the year.
At least his best dunk of the year at the moment, because, a quarter later, he’d top himself with a slam that would have won the past five dunk contests.
Once again, the Milwaukee Bucks, who rank 29th in defensive efficiency, gave LeBron James a wide-open lane. This time around, however, the Bucks knew better, and allowed LeBron to do what he pleased.
No wonder the rest of the league’s fanbases despise Miami’s. Heat fans get the LeBron dunk contest that every fan of the game has been asking for since 2003. #blessed.
The absences of Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen and Greg Oden over the Miami Heat’s past two games has given the fanbase all it ever wanted: Playing time for James Jones.
Bonus incentive: We get Rashard Lewis, too!
After shooting less than 32 percent from three in a one-point loss to Indiana, the Miami Heat made it a fifth consecutive game of shooting 35 percent or worse.
Make it seven of their last nine games of sub-35 percent shooting from three, and there’s only so many games remaining in the regular season to find a rhythm.
Criticism has mostly been been focused more on the Miami Heat’s perimeter defense, but their offense, also along the three-point line, has struggled significantly compared to year’s past.