Heat Reaction: Grading Pacers-Heat, Gm. 3
LeBron had a big hand in the Heat's slow start after they faced a 17-4 early deficit. He had a bigger hand in the turnaround. LeBron woke up in the second quarter and propelled Miami's comeback alongside Dwyane Wade and looked no worse for the wear after a fourth-quarter visit to the locker room for an apparent leg injury. Stay tuned.
After stomping the Pacers in the final minutes of Game 2, Wade couldn't do anything right to start Game 3. At one point, after a series of boneheaded plays, Wade stared at his hands presumably to make sure they were still attached. But he absolutely took over early in the fourth quarter. It seems he never makes a shot without kissing it off the glass first.
Bosh's cold streak continued as he missed his first three jumpers of the game, picked up four quick fouls and got put through a blender by Luis Scola. Bosh talked pregame about maintaining his confidence and he needed every bit of it on Saturday. The first three quarters were a nightmare, but he held his own against Roy Hibbert late.
You might want to guard this guy. And not with David West. Allen put on a masterpiece in the fourth quarter as West frantically tried to stay with him when the Heat went small. Allen hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter alone and put the dagger in the Pacers, who were left grasping for air. A reminder that Allen made his NBA debut in 1996 when Paul George was in first grade.
The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde show apparently made a stop at 601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida. The Pacers looked like they were going to run away with Game 3 and take a 2-1 lead in the series, but then pretty much forgot how to play basketball. Indiana was running on fumes at the end and couldn't take advantage of the size advantage down the stretch. What a bizarre game.