Fri Mar 19 10:00am EDT
The Heat are a game over .500, and the more I watch this team and look up and down at the squad's levels of production, the more I think that Erik Spoelstra is getting every ounce of whatever it is that these non-Wades have left. Save for Michael Beasley(notes), of course. I've a feeling that well isn't ever going to be properly tapped.
I'm not going to rip the Magic, either, for giving up what should have been a sure win in regulation. The Heat try, they work hard and they rotate properly defensively most of the time. Not overtime, mind you, but most of the time.
Rashard Lewis(notes) nailed a couple of clutch jumpers, Vince Carter(notes) seemed to be working things properly with a live dribble, and the Magic just had too many options in this win. 20 missed three-pointers, but 22 assists and a whole lot of spacing for Orlando in the conquest.
I'm watching this game with tired eyes, so this may distort the prognosis, but all I see are tired legs right now. From the Hornets. I doubt they beat the Nuggets in Denver even with their finest set of wheels, but to play four games in five nights and have the fourth end up in Denver's mountain air? Seems pretty cruel.
The Nuggets are coasting a bit, they should have destroyed the Wizards (playing their fifth game in six nights) on Tuesday and New Orleans last night, but a safe double-digit win is passable enough.
Just 88 points per 100 possessions for the Hornets, who were without Peja Stojakovic(notes) on top of Chris Paul's(notes) continued absence. The team turned it over on a fifth of its possessions, and allowed the Nuggies to crush them on the offensive glass.