James appeared as loose as he's looked all season. He worked both in transition and the half court, at the rim and from distance. James moved around the court confidently and in rhythm, like a player with purpose. Despite the boos, signs and chants, LeBron looked very much at home on Thursday night.
After taking his turn as the Heat's whipping boy, Wade has emerged from his slump. On the shot chart, you'll find a large clump of made shots beneath the basket. Wade was a menace in the passing lanes, a speedster on the break, and a willing passer when swarmed by the Cavs' double-teams.
Bosh has become a master of the high-percentage, low-impact performance. He's settling comfortably into the role of third option, staking out his territory at the right elbow and draining shots from there. For Miami to prosper against better teams, Bosh will have to put more pressure on defenses and become grittier beneath the glass.
Whatever James said leading up to his homecoming in Cleveland, the pressure surrounding the Heat has been palpable. It's not certain this game will be the catalyst the Heat need to jumpstart their season, but on a night when they couldn't afford to be embarrassed, nearly everyone brought their best.
It's hard not to muster some sympathy for the gutted Cavs team, even if the bench was yukking it up with James in the third quarter. Generating good looks requires too much hard work for Cleveland's offense, and it doesn't figure to get any easier.