Sometimes things just aren’t meant to be. Like the Miami Heat pulling away from the Indiana Pacers for first place in the East because basketball karma is determined to have things come down to their final head-to-head matchup.
There’s no other way to explain how a 78 percent free throw shooter like Mario Chalmers could miss not one, but two opportunities to put Miami up at the end of regulation and the first overtime.
“It was just a weird, strange game,” Heat center Chris Bosh said. “We had chance after chance. It just seems this is how the season is going.” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
But the one point loss wasn’t for lack of effort like many of their fourth quarter upsets. It was simply a case of them running out of gas, compounded by boneheaded plays like double-teaming Ronny Turiaf and fouling terrible shooters with the game on the line.
Truth be told, Miami’s inability to closeout the Minnesota Timberwolves had more to do with their lack of reserve magic than their multiple blunders.
It was as if a Heat opponent finally realized that they could throw a couple players at LeBron James because he was missing Dwyane Wade for the 24th game — which could quickly become a problem if the trainers cannot get him back on the court — especially with the postseason approaching.
“He’s got to get his rhythm, and that’s going to be the main thing,” Chalmers said via ESPN. “I think we can figure it out. But as a player, you always want to have that rhythm going into big moments like the playoffs.”
Pundits have screamed it and I will stress it again: the team from South Beach will only go as far as D-Wade’s achilles, knee, and “drop foot” take them — regardless of what they get from James.