Miami’s skid continued as the Heat crashed to their second double digit loss in two nights, going down to the Pacers in Indiana.
Their high profile loss the night before had the NBA world abuzz as again people began to doubt whether the Heat are good enough to win the Championship.
The nation’s knee jerking again kicked into full swing as a regular season game in which neither side showed anything close to their best production supposedly is enough to justify writing Miami off and giving the Thunder the tag as the best team in the league.
However the Heat did very little to remind everyone of how good they are, going down to a young and deep Pacers team, the same team they dismantled in the same building on the third night of a back to back to back just a few weeks prior.
James and Wade each scored 24 points, but in what has become a trend of late, both shot under 50% from the field. Yet again the point guard duo of Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers failed to contribute effectively or efficiently.
Chris Bosh backed up his embarrassing performance in Oklahoma City with an equally useless output against Indiana, shooting a miserable 4/11 from the field and just 6/11 from the line.
The Pacers destroyed Miami on the boards, out rebounding their opponents by 16 and holding the Heat to just 11 assists. Danny Granger, Paul George and Darren Collison all shone for the Pacers as they boasted six double figure scorers. They hit 55% of their three pointers and forced the Heat into 17 turnovers.
LeBron James continues to struggle with the elbow injury that plagued the ending of his Cleveland career. It seems obvious to me that now is time to sit him for a prolonged period of time, because they cannot win the Championship with him at anything lower than 100%.