There were two things I was looking for as the Miami Heat went into Energysolutions Arena in Salt Lake City: I was hoping for a Heat win to get their record back even on this road swing, and I was hoping they’d make the push for LeBron James to hit 20,000.
Neither happened. I know the James thing was a long shot. He was 50 points shy and the Miami Heat have bigger things on their slate like protecting an Eastern Conference lead and maybe winning a game against a decent opponent on the road. Seems like things just aren’t going their way.
But James did edge a little closer, scoring 32 against the Jazz, almost assuring that he’ll hit the mark against Golden State on Wednesday night. But overall Miami failed to get going in the early quarters and staked Utah to an insurmountable lead. Miami had a nice rally but it wasn’t enough and the final score probably doesn’t indicate how thoroughly the Jazz owned this contest.
It’s also disturbing that Dwyane Wade was way off his game, so off that Spoelstra kept him sitting on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. Hope that’s not a sign of things to come.
What’s galling is that the Heat had this within reach until mental errors toppled their comeback. Down by two, James picked up a foul and the team followed that up with back to back mistakes on their own possessions. Maybe it’s time for some fundamentals before hitting the Golden State warriors.