Not a bad string of plays in the second quarter. A one-handed putback dunk followed by a layup that was hockey assisted by a referee and then a pull-up 3-pointer from Fort Lauderdale. LeBron then put on a clinic with his passing thereafter, threading the needle practically every time down the floor. He and Dwyane Wade shifted into video game mode after halftime.
Starting opposite Devin Harris, Wade had no trouble maneuvering around the point guard. Wade weaved in and out of the Atlanta defense as if he had covered himself in Vaseline. It's hard to imagine a more efficient couple of games for Wade, and his leg issues appear to be a thing of the past for now. The rim is looking wider than Biscayne Bay at this point.
A solid bounce-back game after Saturday's dud against New Orleans. Although Bosh played comically bad transition defense at times, he delivered a double-double against the formidable Atlanta front line. At this point, Bosh could grab the popcorn, and watch the LeBron and Wade show. They've been that dominant since losing to the Knicks on Thursday.
Another impressive outing from Mr. Flattop. Cole continues to earn Erik Spoelstra's trust by playing suffocating on-ball defense and draining big shots from downtown. The former will always be there, but the latter might regress at some point. Mario Chalmers might not like it, but Spoelstra is demanding his guards stop penetration from the perimeter, and Cole is giving him that.
Not the East heavyweight battle we expected. In front of a sparse crowd at AmericanAirlines Arena that featured Beyonce, Jay-Z and Floyd Mayweather, the Hawks failed to show up after halftime. It all went predictably downhill after Josh Smith hit his third 3-pointer to make it a tie game in the second quarter. The Hawks were outscored by 12 points the rest of the way.