LeBron James would like to think the Miami Heat are playing their best basketball right now. If that’s the case, then the timing is very good.
Actually, a 100-85 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday ended a four-game road trip that was only 2-2. That might be excellent by most teams standards in the NBA, but the Heat, as defending champions, have higher expectations. Losses to the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers were definitely disappointing and show some potential vulnerability for the Heat when the postseason comes around.
They showed some vulnerability in the win over the Raptors in that the Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh scored 81 of the 100 points. Other players combined for only 19 points.
But teams have to figure out a way to stop anyone in the Big Three. At 30-14, the Heat are obviously still the team to beat.
“I think we are getting healthy,” James said after a recent game. “Everyone is feeling good at this point. You can see the spring in D-Wade’s (Dwyane Wade) legs and I feel pretty good all the time for the most part. Everyone is feeling good. We have a great rotation right now and we are playing great basketball.”
The battle is on with James, Wade and Bosh trying to help secure the home court advantage in the Eastern Conference but the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and others are breathing down their necks. The Heat are more vulnerable on the road than at home, like most NBA teams. So that homecourt advantage like ever before, is very critical.