LeBron James started the game as hot as a blowtorch as the King produced one of the most individual scoring quarters we have seen in a very long time.
James went 8/9 from the field en route to a stunning 24 point first quarter, jumping Miami out to a perfect and needed start against a team that humbled the Heat in Miami just over a week ago.
LeBron slowed from there, scoring a further 16 points over the remaining three quarters, adding 8 rebounds and 5 assists to fill out the stat sheet in typical style.
Miami were in complete control at the half and threatened to move into an unassailable lead, but in true Scott Skiles fashion, the Bucks came out of the half energised and consistently threatened and stopped Miami for the first time in the game. On the back of a stunning performance from streaky star Brandon Jennings, who had 7 three pointers, Milwaukee rallied and took the lead from Miami, who were unable to stem the bleeding.
Uncharacteristically, Miami’s defense looked conservative, unresponsive and failed to close out on the Bucks shooters. The speed, awareness and sixth sense communication of the Heat’s defense has been the backbone of the team’s success thus far this season, but they looked nothing of the side they normally are.
The Bucks played great team offense, registering 30 assists on 39 field goals, a stunning number. Aside from this, Milwaukee lost nearly every other major statistical comparison, yet still managed to close out Miami without too much trouble.
We find ourselves blowing up over every Heat flaw. People asking for Dwyane Wade to be traded, LeBron to take no shots down the stretch, calling Bosh a bust, determining their 1 and 5 positions as woeful and basically anything else we can find that isn’t perfect with the team.
I think we need to realise that even Jordan’s Bulls had huge flaws and certainly had bad nights against bad teams.
Let’s try and keep everything in perspective.