NBA players are known to have their off nights. From the bench players to the superstars, everyone has a bad game from time-to-time. But never have three high-caliber players on the same team performed so poorly as the “Big 3″ did Saturday night. It was suppose to be the easiest matchup of a six game Western Conference road trip for the Miami Heat. The defending champs had begun the voyage on Wednesday night with a 116-112 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. However, for whatever cosmological reason, the Utah Jazz proved to be tougher than the Clippers.
For LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, their performances Saturday night could not have been more pathetic. Actually, there is a little room to play worse, but that’s besides the point. The so-called “Big 3″ combined for 45 points as Wade led the way with 19 while Bosh and James goofed off with 13 each. I’ve seen these three players play badly before, some more than others, but never have I seen all three of them play so miserably before, especially against a Jazz team that is 17-33, well out of the playoff picture in the west.
Bosh, Wade and James cannot blame a lack of rest for their measly endeavors, because they had full days of rest and a short trip from LA to Utah. They also can’t blame a tough team in the Jazz because, frankly, the Jazz are nowhere close to being a tough team. So, what can they blame it on? Well, these three could blame it on jet lag. They will be spending a decent amount of time out West, so they could be a bit tired.
I don’t buy that! These are professionals! I think that it was just an awful performance by a set of players that completely underestimated a club with a bad record. Of course, Utah is going to come out and play hard because they want to beat the reigning two-time champions. These young ballers want to be able to say they beat the “Big 3.” Wade, James and Bosh simply came out weak and flat-footed, never once playing like the champions they are suppose to be.
Miami has two more games before the All-Star break, including a rematch with the Golden State Warriors. It is redemption time for the “Big 3″ and the Heat. Nothing more would make the entire team happier than to go on a huge tear and I expect after these God-awful performances from Wade, Bosh and James, that all three will put on awesome performances in the next two outings. They have to because no one wants to go into the All-Star weekend on a losing-streak.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantNBA, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.