After somehow losing LeBron on the opening possession of the game, the Clippers made sure they kept an eye on the reigning MVP the rest of the way. Still didn't help much. Erik Spoelstra recently promised we'd see more LeBron in the post and man, did we ever in this one. LeBron's hook shot showed up, but his teammates sure didn't.
The macho thing is to play through injuries, but that doesn't mean it's the smart thing. After pregame X-rays showed no fractures in his sore left foot, Wade gave it a go on Wednesday, but maybe he wishes he hadn't after being on the wrong end of a potential block of the year by the diminutive Eric Bledsoe. It was a fitting metaphor for his outing.
Going against DeAndre Jordan, Bosh struggled to get into his customary inside-out rhythm. Normally, the Heat can clean up Wade's mess with Bosh and company, but Bosh looked nothing like the Bosh we've been used to seeing this season. The good news is that Bosh put up 40 points last time he played Denver, Thursday's opponent. The bad news: that wasn't on a back-to-back in the Mile High City.
It might not be pretty, but Lewis' unorthodox shooting form gets results. After playing tentative in the preseason, Lewis has shown no hesitation on his jump shots. Impressive confidence from a guy who practically took the last two seasons off. He still needs work on the defensive end, but at least he produced on the other end.
Anyone opposed to a Heat-Clippers Finals? Didn't think so. The Clippers will always have a shot with Chris Paul in the driver's seat, but the defensive strides taken by Eric Bledsoe, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan have this Clippers team looking like the real deal. You could practically hear Ray Allen's ankles cry "uncle" after trying to stay in front of Jamal Crawford.