The Miami Heat snapped their three-game losing streak on Monday, earning a 99-90 win over the Washington Wizards thanks in large part to 20-plus-point performances from each member of their All-Star Big Three, a 13-point fourth quarter from Dwyane Wade, and a big sequence (Wade blocking Drew Gooden, the Heat crashing the offensive boards, Chris Bosh ending up with a 3-pointer) that gave Miami a three-possession lead with 4 1/2 minutes remaining. It was a solid home win over a playoff team, and while it might not have disabused Washington of the notion that they can run with the two-time-defending champs, it did get the Heat off the schneid, officially clinch a sixth-straight playoff berth, and bring Erik Spoelstra's team within one game of the reeling Indiana Pacers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
While Wade, Bosh and LeBron James (understandably) earned top billing in the win, reserve center Chris Andersen chipped in nine points, three rebounds and two blocks in 18 1/2 minutes, continuing the brand of strong contribution he's made off the Heat bench since signing with Miami last January. After the win, "Birdman" joined Sun Sports sideline reporter/studio host Jason Jackson to break down the game. The result was ... well, this:
Kudos to Jackson for loving "the challenge" of translating his rapport with Andersen into the "best tv ever," and for bringing us Andersen's new "Birdzilla" nickname variant. I worry, though, that we've reached a strange new place in the annals of Miami Heat video-goof history; are Heat players going to leave increasingly elaborate videobombs behind in favor of evoking "I'm Still Here" Joaquin rather than discussing defensive intensity and half-court ball movement?
I mean, that sounds kind of amazing and I'd be into checking it out on a trial basis, but it could make it hard to figure out where to draw the line between sports, sports entertainment and just plain entertainment on a night-to-night basis. Maybe it'd be good for us to be on our toes, though — a bit of a shock to the system as bracing and unnerving as a hard, loud, firm handshake delivered by a man literally covered in tattoos who's staring you dead in the eyes.
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