Last night’s win for the Miami Heat was a crucial home victory over arguably their greatest rival in the entire league, the Indiana Pacers. Since the start of their five game homestand, the Big Three has scored 219 of the Heat’s 328 points in their three consecutive wins, which is approximately 66.7 percent of their points. This is a great sign for the Heat coaching staff because what this equates to is a higher comfort level for all three players while on the floor together. No matter how you slice it, the Heat’s trio of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James is one of the best in the league. The problem for the Heat lately has been getting this trio to perform at a high level on a consistent basis, but because of the competition last night it brought out an intensity that we haven’t seen from the Heat since last season’s playoffs.
Arguably the biggest factor in the Heat’s win last night was keeping Roy Hibbert from becoming a factor in the game. The combined efforts of both Bosh and James kept Hibbert not only from rebounding at a high level but also in foul trouble. After receiving his fifth foul during the early minutes of the third quarter, Hibbert was forced to take a seat on the bench, allowing the Heat to rack up points in the paint with 50 on the night.
When the Heat’s Big Three take over a game like this it is nearly impossible to come out of it with a win. Against the Pacers last night they combined for 71 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, and six steals which towards the end of the fourth quarter became the deciding factor that ultimately resulted in a Heat victory. That 27-game win streak last season was in large part due to how well the Heat’s Big Three performed on a consistent basis throughout the latter end of the season. This consistency from the Heat’s Big Three will have to become the norm if they are to win a third straight championship.