With the return of Chris Bosh,Miami Heat return to aggressive form; crush the Nets 108-78.
MIAMI, MARCH 7–With Chris Bosh’s return to the Miami Heat’s line-up, so cometh the return of the double-digit beat downs. Last night, the Heat pulverized the New Jersey Nets 108-78. If you look at the numbers for numbers sake Bosh’s 20 points look like a nice piece of a much bigger pie.
Call it chemistry, call it an integral part of an evolving dynasty, call it whatever you like it. The truth is he won’t be a MVP candidate. The truth is if the Heat gets the title this year the headline will be LeBron James finally gets his ring. The truth is that Miami will still be Dywane Wade’s city when you touch down in the 305.
But another stone cold truth is that none of it can happen without Chris Bosh; and if it does the Heat will look well…mighty regular making it happen.
Bosh’s selfless attitude and play allows Miami to execute as the killing machine that everyone expects them to be.
In the specifics of last night’s moments, Wade ended up not finishing the game as his right ankle “turned” and started giving him problems again.
He is scheduled to play against the Atlanta Hawks tonight, so it’s certain that his absence from the second half of last night’s massacre was more precautionary than necessary.
It boded well for the Nets’ pride as well because the Heat came out playing angry ball after losing a winnable marquee contest against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
There was never a sense that they were going to take their foot off the Nets’ throat. Had Wade taken the floor in the second half this one could have easily read 128-78.
From the tip-off, New Jersey looked overwhelmed at the prospect of facing this team. In today’s NBA there is a sincere parity where anyone can win on any given night; for the most part.
It was interesting to say the least to observe a Nets team that appeared to be beaten from the first bucket.
Deron Williams, who had just beasted Charlotte (I know) for 57, was held to under twenty points with 16. Brooke Lopez is and will be out of the line-up for awhile, but does that excuse the Nets for being down 40 at one point?
Semi-off topic, last week a lot of people said that there will never be another person that touches Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game again. I stated that it will happen again because everything is situational and there will be another situation that arises.
The Miami Heat wins as a true ensemble of powerful pieces. But I can tell you now, watching that Nets team play as dejected as they did, that if LeBron smelled blood in the water and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided to divert the scoring to one primary source, it could have happened.
The Nets would have allowed it to happen, the Heat could have made it happen and Kobe Bryant would have been furious that it happened.
On to some additional stats. Before he left, Wade scored 13. For the Nets, MarShon Brooks scored 12 and Johan Petro scored 11.
Tonight, the Heat will see a Hawks team that is struggling to figure out who and what they are. The Nets will host the visiting Los Angeles Clippers that are apparently walking into a choice situation as they are looking to get their groove back.