Some people would say that the future of the Big 3 rests on tonight’s game. Forget that; the future of the Miami Heat rests on tonight’s game.
We could all say the same thing about Game 7, but there’s no guarantee that they’ll even get there so Game 6 versus the San Antonio Spurs becomes the most important game of the Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era.
Especially after their season ended the same way two years ago.
“We challenge ourselves to see if we’re a better team than we were,” Wade said via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Same position, no matter how we got to it. We’re in the same position going back home with Game 6 on our home floor. So we’re going to see if we’re a better ball club and if we’re better prepared for this moment.”
That uncertainty is what makes fans uneasy though. How could the team learn from 2011 when they can’t seem to learn from last week?
The offense is still lethargic, the defense is still rotating slower than ever, and Danny Green is still being left open long enough to lace his shoes before he shoots. The reality is their lack of ability to adjust is what had them in the same situation against the Dallas Mavericks before they came home just to watch Dallas celebrate up and down South Beach. That’s why it’s now or never for the Heat.
This might be the last chance for Bosh, Wade and James to show why they came together for this experiment. Because win or lose, this might be the last days of the Big 3 as we know it, but losing means that it was nothing but a failure.
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Richard Nurse is a Miami Heat columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @blackirishpr.