LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both did things they had never done before.And the Miami Heat needed every bit of their efforts.
Heat forward Udonis Haslem played through much of the second half of Miami’s season with a torn right meniscus, and told The Associated Press that surgery will be required to repair the previously undisclosed injury.
Things have changed quite a bit for the Miami Heat in a little less than a year. Last season, they were the hunters looking to finally climb the proverbial mountain to a NBA Championship. This year, the Heat has become the hunted and the Heat are trying to enter into some very rare company.
Dwyane Wade successfully lobbied to play in Miami’s regular-season finale, saying he wanted to get a little more work in before the playoffs begin this weekend.
LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had not played together in a couple of weeks, so the Miami Heat needed some time to get back into rhythm.
When the final horn sounded Wednesday night, the Miami Heat not only knocked off the Washington Wizards; the team also set a franchise-record for wins in a season, clinched the top spot in the NBA playoffs and secured home-court through the NBA Finals.
Ray Allen scored 23 points, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade chilled at the end of the bench, and the Miami Heat’s B-squad gave the resting A-team the gift of home-court advantage throughout the playoffs Wednesday night, clinching the best record in the NBA with a 103-98 victory over the Washington Wizards.
LeBron James went through a series of tests before the game, all under the watchful eye of the Miami Heat training staff and some coaches.
Mike Miller scored a season-high 26 points on seven 3-pointers, and the injury-depleted Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-79 on Friday night.
Rashard Lewis got a win on Friday, six hours before the Miami Heat even started playing. And it came on grass, not hardwood.