After losing a disappointing game against the Boston Celtics last Saturday, the Miami Heat needed to regroup. Either LeBron James had to take over or the rest of the team needed to play better. The “Big 3” needed to be more in sync, and the bench needed to be more productive. Miami got all of that last night as they beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-95.
LeBron James scored 33 points without playing in the fourth quarter. James showed his dominance last night as he was posting up, draining deep jumpers, and dunking with authority. LeBron had a tomahawk dunk towards the end of the first half that shook south beach. LeBron has been suffering from back issues but it didn’t show last night as he took over offensively.
“It’s getting better,” James said, “It feels a lot better. Still a little sore…getting a lot of work put on it so I can get to 100 percent. But it’s getting better every day and that’s a good thing,” according to the Associated Press.
A key component to the Heat’s success besides LeBron’s dominance is the depth of their bench. Udonis Haslem didn’t play due to back pain and Ray Allen was sick, so the main rotation for the Heat was different last night.
Michael Beasley was the star off of the bench. He played a good game against the Celtics but he played better this game. He still has it and he will be a great go-to guy off the bench when LeBron and Wade need rest. Beasley scored 19 points and had three assists. His presence was felt while LeBron was resting. Beasley’s energy is what the Heat will need from the bench. I’m excited to see him continue to make an instant impact when he enters the game.
Mario Chalmers also played solid off the bench scoring 15 points and adding seven assists. Dwyane Wade was quiet this game only scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Overall, the Heat looked a lot better. They played a strong third quarter which made the difference in the game. They went on a run and never looked back.
Despite back problems, LeBron looked great. He had that look in his eyes; the look of ‘I’m the best on the court’ and that mentality will be needed by LeBron a lot this season. I know he can’t play like that every night and Wade and Bosh will make up for it, but for the majority of the season LeBron needs to be in attack mode.
The entire Heat team needs to be in attack mode because every team in the league will be in attack mode when they play the Heat. The Heat play the Dallas Mavericks Friday night which should be a good game. They both have records of 5-3 and have a rivalry stemming from the 2011 NBA Championship. I expect to see both LeBron and Wade have games putting them both over 20 points.