7 nights, in Miami, covering the Heat, livin’ the dream.
* It was a 118-95 beat down by the Heat as they took their frustrations out on the hopeless Bucks. It got pretty wild there in the second half with the Heat putting on a clinic – it was Flying Death Machine at its best. Check out the highlights.
* LeBron was brilliant with 33 points in 29 minutes; clearly his best game since I’ve been here. He was aggressive early driving the ball and posting up and that continued throughout the game. Great to see a vintage performance from The King.
* Forget everything I said about Michael Beasley, he’s a legend. My boy B-Easy stuck it to me again with another live wire performance off the bench (19 points in 19 minutes on 8-12 from the field). There’s no doubt the guy can flat out score, but can he do it when it counts and can he eliminate the tendency for sloppy play? I hope he can.
* A lot of guys missing from this game – Ray Allen, Udonis Haslem, Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova. The Bucks were so ravaged that they started two no-namers – Khris Middleton and Nate Wolters.
* Lots of empty seats again in the lower bowl.
* Floyd Mayweather was in the house sitting courtside.
* Ok, confession time – I stuffed up in my chat with ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh. He’s been a champ all week and gave some terrific answers to my questions, but I get back to the hotel after the game and the recording hasn’t worked (well it did for the first 28 seconds). F***k!!
So unfortunately I’ll have to abort that, which is really disappointing. Sorry Tom, rookie mistake.
For the record though, whilst Tom does think that Indiana is the biggest threat to Miami this season, he is predicting a three-peat and then for LeBron to stay in Miami beyond 2014.
And this answer is a cracker so I have to share it. When asked what his most memorable moment is since covering the Heat, he said when he first started on the beat he approached Mario Chalmers and asked him if he remembered playing on the same team with him in an 8th grade basketball camp in North Carolina. Mario said no, he played with a lot of unathletic white guys in school.
You can follow Tom on Twitter at @tomhaberstroh
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