This was one of those games in which LeBron looks around and wonders if his surrounding talent is any better than what he had in Cleveland. LeBron James was a one-man team for most of this game and even outscored his fellow teammates until late in the third quarter. LeBron even played significant time at center, that's how desperate things got for Miami on Friday.
Flashbacks of Game 2 against Indiana. Well, maybe not quite that bad. The Celtics swarmed him with multiple defenders and Wade simply couldn't counter. Wade has taken a U-turn since the regular season, when he couldn't score after halftime. Now it's the opposite; Wade just can't get anything going until late in the game. Jarring to see a zero in the free throw column next to Wade's name.
Chalmers came alive in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late. Chalmers penetrated the paint far better than Wade could, but even Chalmers forgot how to shoot free throws. The Heat's best free throw shooter got the yips on the charity stripe just like the rest of his teammates. Ultimately, this was about as good as you could expect from Chalmers.
In case you hadn't realized yet, the Heat are not better without Chris Bosh. With Wade struggling to get any daylight, the Heat looked remarkably one-dimensional. The Celtics were able to key in on the Heat's dynamic duo and force Miami's supporting cast to beat them. The Heat had no answer until it was too late. Will Bosh be ready for Game 4?
Vintage Celtics. Until the Heat went radical with tiny ball in the fourth quarter, Boston's Big Four played like we've come to expect over the years. They played stifling defense, passed the rock and hit huge shots. All signs were pointing to a big game from the Celtics in Game 3, and they certainly rose to the challenge. They won't go out quietly into the night.