Michael Jordan fist pumped and cheered as he finally decided to come out of hiding and return to his perch on the end of the Charlotte Bobcats bench. He also sat with his arms folded, looking like he was ready to sprint to the scorer’s table as LeBron James stared at him before crushing down a fast-break dunk.
I’m sure that some people may have taken it as a sign of disrespect, while others respected what they saw as a challenge. For his part, though, James decided to deny that it ever even happened (“I absolutely didn’t look at MJ”).
But if he did, could you really blame him for sending a shot at his legendary tormentor? Particularly when it comes with season-ending aggression on the winning side.
“You don’t want to give a team life,” guard Dwyane Wade said via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I don’t care what that may be. You just don’t want to give them that confidence, that life, because you never know what can happen.”
Those are the type of thoughts that the Miami Heat need to go into Game 4 with — like crushing the Bobcats’ confidence is the only form of progress in finding that killer instinct fans have been calling for. That should not be hard when all reports point to Al Jefferson likely missing tonight’s game after badly limping out of shoot around this morning in street clothes.
If that’s the case, not completing the sweep would not only be embarrassing — it would cost them rest for their old bones.