As Miami Heat ticket holders watched in horror their heroes took a 22 point lead and turned it into an eight point deficit. I don’t believe anyone expected the kind of game we got last night in American Airlines Arena. The Heat have been rolling, winning ten straight games and playing well both on the road and at home. But the Cavaliers dished put a little more than expected before finally falling to Miami 109-105.
It may have been a tribute to the resilience of the Miami Heat but it was enough to make me nervous and probably the majority of the crowd in Miami. But all’s well that ends well and the Heat go into their next game with the Sacramento Kings with an 11-game winning streak.
LeBron James shocked the crowd by blowing an easy layup opportunity with Miami clinging to a two-point lead late in the game. Overall though, his 28-point performance was pretty much what we come to expect from him. He also took a philosophical bent after the game, attributing the back and forth performance to the vagaries of the NBA and the victory to experience.
“We don’t get too high, we don’t get too low, we just play the 48 minutes out and see where it takes us.” James said.
The Miami Heat will have to keep that attitude. Despite the recent success, the NBA schedule doesn’t allow for too much slack. Miami has pulled out to a decent lead in the Eastern Conference but there still remain big chunks of a tough schedule. And then there’s the NBA Playoffs where Miami will have to find a way to win on the road. It’s a delicate balancing act and so far the Heat are playing it well. Another NBA Championship is well within the capabilities of this team. keep your fingers crossed that the injury bug stays away and the Heat keep the chemistry bubbling the way it is right now.Eric Drouant