Heat Reaction: Heat-Bobcats, Game 4
Chalk up another all-around productive night from LeBron to finish off a series he's dominated with his aggressiveness and consistency. A third-quarter scare disrupted his rhythm a bit when he bruised his thigh during a collision in the lane. He limped his way through, mixing key shots with nifty passes.
This was hardly a breakout series for Wade, who spent Monday's game battling foul trouble. The flip side is Wade didn't break down physically over these games. Last season, Wade sat out Game 4 of Miami's first-round sweep of Milwaukee. He's managed his health. Now, he's searching for rhythm.
With Al Jefferson out of the way and sitting with a foot injury, you'd expect to see Bosh take advantage and put up his best game of the series. That wasn't the case, but Bosh still had his moments, especially in the fourth. Perhaps this was just his tuneup series, because Miami will need more consistency.
The Heat desperately needed a boost off the bench on a night when Bosh and Wade largely had their scoring held in check. Cole rose to the occasion, scoring all but two of his points in the second half. James Jones also added a timely 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter.
First of all, don't call them the Bobcats anymore. With the season now complete, Michael Jordan's team will be rebranded as the Hornets as they reclaim their original nickname. Jefferson's plantar fasciitis injury was simply too much to overcome, but there's a bright future ahead.