What a putback to tie the game. Haslem was Mr. Clean on the glass. Granted, there were a kajillion available boards to be had in this brickfest. Haslem joined the starting lineup to give the Heat a boost in the rebounding column and he's certainly making coach Erik Spoelstra look smart these days. Though he didn't play huge minutes, the 15 boards gives him a new season-high.
Mike Miller might be the scrappiest player in the NBA, and not just because scrap metal holds his body together. Miller saved a ton of Heat possessions with clutch shots and offensive rebound putbacks. With the Big Three sidelined, the Heat couldn't have asked for more. They simply don't compete in this one without him.
It may not be the Heat's worst nightmare, but it's right up there: Wade dislocated his left index finger within minutes of the opening tip and did not return. The Heat could have given Wade the night off along with Chris Bosh and LeBron James, but Wade got the start anyway. His status for the start of the playoffs might be in jeopardy.
If only he could play against the Wizards' frontline every night. With Bosh out, Pittman sadly ended up being the only post player who could create his shot for the Heat. The moves in the lane were refreshing to see. He better have enjoyed his time as the Heat's No.1 option because it probably won't happen again anytime soon.
The Wizards caught a break when LeBron and Bosh were given a day off thanks to the Heat's "maintenance program." Then, Wade left the game for good in the first quarter. Doesn't get much better than that if you're Washington and the Wiz just eked out the win. John Wall is like a human rollercoaster with his thrilling ups and downs.