Should Heat fans be worried?
Don't get us wrong: Indiana Pacers versus Miami Heat still seems an inevitable Eastern Conference finals matchup. Still, the latter -- you know, the team that has won two straight NBA championships -- doesn't look so hot these days. After back-to-back losses to the Knicks and Nets, Miami was outscored 43-18 in the first quarter Wednesday at the Washington Wizards en route to a 114-97 defeat. And you can't blame injuries; the Big Three played, with Chris Bosh (26 points) leading the way, followed by LeBron James (25). But Dwyane Wade (eight points on 11 shots, no free throw attempts) and Ray Allen (scoreless) both struggled, and Greg Oden's return (six points in eight minutes) seemed the most potentially positive development on the night. Is it time to panic in South Florida?