The Miami Heat dropped their fifth game out of their last six on Friday night, falling by a score of 111-107 to the mediocre-at-best Denver Nuggets. The Heat looked like they could be in the hunt for the East’s number one seed for the 2014 NBA Playoffs prior to this recent stretch, but now it seems that they have a lot to figure out before they head into the postseason and make a run at a third consecutive title.
While being interviewed after the game, Heat star and reigning NBA MVP LeBron James had something that had a bit of resonance for this team. James said of his Miami team, “We always have one defining moment. And this is it right here for us.” The leader of this team isn’t far off.
If you’ll remember last year as the Heat were on their way to their second consecutive NBA Championship, Miami reeled off a near-record 27-game winning streak. During that game, they looked like an absolutely unbeatable force that could take any team down in a number of ways. You could make the argument that the streak was their “defining moment” last season and that momentum helped carry them to a title.
Now that the Heat are facing their “defining moment” this season, though, it honestly seems like it’s up to the man who called it that to get this team pointed and sailing in the right direction. LeBron has to step up in a time like this if he wants this season to be defined in a positive light. He’s been the clear leader of this team over this run and now it’s up to him to make sure they don’t fail and fall short of their goal.
This is LeBron’s team and the NBA is LeBron’s world. When it comes to defining moments for his team right now, he needs to be Mr. Webster.