The time for experimenting is over. P.J. Carlesimo has to play his best guys for as long as they can go.
The Miami Heat have spent most of the regular season on cruise control, taking a long view of being ready for the playoffs. The Heat has struggled in areas, but the team’s defense seems to be rediscovering it’s 2012 self in recent days.
While the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat appear poised to make a run at a second consecutive title, their rebounding efforts haven’t resembled those of a championship caliber club.
The soap opera that Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has made of his playing career continued over the weekend when he once again requested a trade from the Magic.
LeBron James had 31 points and 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 18 points and set up Udonis Haslem for an alley-oop dunk with 12 seconds left, and the Miami Heat rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 89-86 on Wednesday night.
The Miami Heat will be well represented in the annual three-point shooting contest during the NBA All-Star weekend.
Chris Bosh scored 33 points and the Miami Heat , playing without injured stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, beat the Atlanta Hawks 116-109 in triple-overtime on Thursday night.
Josh Smith made a go-ahead layup with 34.7 seconds left in overtime, Joe Johnson scored 19 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat Miami 93-89 on Tuesday night to send the Heat to a fourth straight loss.