It has been awhile since the entire collaboration of the “Big 3” has played a complete game. Dwyane Wade has been in and out of the lineup all season to rest his sore knees as a precautionary measure by Erik Spoelstra. Chris Bosh has been anything but the player the Miami Heat signed in 2010, and of course LeBron James has been, well, LeBron James. He has been the only member of the famous trio to play consistently all season.
The “Big 3” hasn’t exactly played up to the hopes and dreams of fans and Pat Riley, but the results can’t be argued with. Three NBA Finals appearances and two consecutive championships since 2010 is nothing to complain about. However, we did witness the near extinction of the “Big 3” in the 2013 playoffs. Wade, Bosh and James all will need to play at a high level if Miami wishes to complete a three-peat. After a disappointing loss and an even more disappointing performance against the Indiana Pacers last week, the Heat have another date with their arch-nemesis of the East and it can’t come at a better time.
Miami bounced back well from their loss winning two straight. More importantly, the “Big 3” have played stellar as a unit combining for a total of 148 points in the last two outings. Despite James tweaking an ankle in Monday night’s victory over the Utah Jazz, he should be ready to go Wednesday night as the Heat will need him.
Wednesday night should look much different than the first meeting between the Pacers and Heat. Miami was ending a four-game road trip when they rolled into Indiana and the confidence level was fluttering on the lower spectrum. This time the Heat are in the midst of a five-game homestand and are better rested. Each member of the “Big 3” looks healthy and on point. I know that they played the Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers, but those wins and performances may be exactly what the defending champs need to slay the East leading Pacers and start a run for the best record in the league.