May 13, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (left) and small forward LeBron James (right) talk during the second half in game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals against he Indiana Pacers of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 95-86. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
This would have been much more fun to write about if the Celtics had won game 2, but I admit to getting a smirk on my face seeing that the Heat lost last night. The story lines just write themselves, don't they Sam Amick?
The chastising chatter that often surrounds LeBron James grew loud again Tuesday night, the questions about heart and poise and that game of hot potato that he sometimes likes to play late in games. It was mostly fair play, of course, not only because Miami fell 78-75 on its home floor in Game 2 against Indiana but also because they did so without the three-time MVP playing a role in the Heat's final two possessions.
Of course, as much as we like to dismiss Bosh as the 3rd wheel sidecar on this motorcycle, he's an All Star and and added weapon that teams have to account for when he's on the court.
The Miami Heat were unable to overcome the loss of Chris Bosh, dropping Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at home against the Indiana Pacers. When LeBron James and Dwyane Wade played together without Bosh on the floor during the regular season, the Heat outscored their opponents by 17 points per 48 minutes. In Game 2, the Pacers outscored the Heat 62-51 in the 32 minutes when they were on the floor together.
I'm not going to even venture into the land of "who would we rather play in the 2nd round" because there are miles and miles to go for both teams before then. I'm just going to enjoy watching the Heat lose because that's what I do.