He wasn't sharp from the floor, but LeBron was masterful on Sunday. He came out with a vengeance after sitting out the previous meeting between these two teams. In rare form, LeBron was assertive from the opening tip and nearly matched his last game's stat line in the first quarter alone. When the Big Three are on, the other team might as well take the night off.
Judging by his explosive play, Wade wanted to earn some rest in the fourth quarter; he was successful in that endeavor. The Wade-LeBron show got off to a rousing start from the beginning. After being sidelined with an injury for some time, Wade has made up for lost time, abusing the rim and relentlessly attacking the paint. He's on another level right now.
After leading the Heat's previous win against the Hawks, Bosh picked his spots and cleaned up the glass. Bosh wanted to average 10 rebounds this season, so he may just be getting a late start. He tallied a double-double by halftime -- the first time he's done that in a Heat uniform -- and didn't let off the pedal after that.
The recipe for rebounding: two parts effort, one part positioning. The Heat positioned themselves well for boards, but their activity made it all happen. Atlanta's Al Horford may have been out, but it wouldn't have mattered with the Heat's determination. Something you never see: the Heat grabbed more rebounds offensively than the Hawks grabbed defensively in the first half.
Yikes. Not many nice things I can say after this performance. The Hawks were dominated in virtually every facet of the game. After impressively beating the Magic last time out, the Hawks couldn't rebound, cause turnovers or hit the broad side of a barn with their shots. That's not exactly a blueprint for success. They learned the hard way.