LeBron James returned to Earth after two brilliant games this week. And it still wasn't a bad night, as LeBron was the least of the Heat's problems. Like running into an old fling, LeBron is falling in love with his 3-point shot again, but he actually made some on Friday. The rest of the team? They shot 2-for-12 there.
Are we sure that was Wade out there in the first half, and not some lookalike? He missed his first five shots of the game, botched a couple of dunks and turned it over more than a pastry chef. But the second half was a little bitter. Wade may have shaken off whatever plagued him in the first half, but it was too little too late.
It was the rare night when Chris Bosh was the only starter who came to play. Bosh caught fire early, scoring the team's first six points of a sorry game, but that flame went out quickly. Outside the scoring column, Bosh predictably got beat up on the boards by Memphis' beefy front line. The Heat just need more out of Bosh than what they've been getting.
How bad was it? The Heat broke a franchise record with 11 turnovers in the first quarter alone. And that's with Tony Allen sitting out for the Grizzlies. We can't know for sure, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra might have lacked a pulse entering the second quarter. The Heat pulled themselves together somewhat after that, but the damage was already done.
The Grizzlies were missing Tony Allen, but that's about the only thing they were missing. If Allen had suited up, they might have won by 60 points. No one shot lights-out, but they didn't need it. Unlike the top-heavy Heat, Memphis received productive minutes by practically everyone who played tonight -- especially Gilbert Arenas, who made as many 3s as the Heat did.