Whoever says that the universe does not have a sense of humor just has to turn their sights down to Miami right about now to ‘witness’ one of the funniest cosmic jokes in recent memory.
If you will recall, LeBron James of the Heat posted a tweet recently against the Cavaliers, his former team, after a huge loss to the Lakers that can basically be boiled down to ‘Ha ha, you’re getting what you deserve. Ain’t Karma a bitch.’ (again, that is not the actual tweet, I am just summing it up). Apparently, karma didn’t appreciate it as LeBron soon after hurt his ankle, missed some time, and has watched his Miami team drop four straight, their biggest losing stretch of the season.
The latest loss came against the Atlanta Hawks, who managed to squeak out a 93-89 overtime win against the Heat. LeBron did play and put up his typical 34 points, 10 boards display but also in typical fashion, missed a long 3-pointer at the end of regulation and another 28-foot try as the shot clock was expiring late in overtime and the Heat down by two.
Ain’t karma a bitch?
"This was a tough one," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "No other way to say it. … It was tough to get a real handle and grip on both sides of the floor."
The Heat were without one of their ‘Big 3’ as Chris Bosh was absent from the lineup due to injury and tinkered with a number of unusual line-ups in an attempt to spark their offense. Dwayne Wade contributed 27 points for the Heat but he and LeBron were unable to manufacture a stop in the waning moments of the game when they needed it most.
"Give Atlanta credit," said Wade, who did not try a shot in overtime. "Just as well as we fought back into it, they fought as well. Good Eastern Conference game."
The loss, or more accurately, the string of losses drops the Heat to a tentative 2 game lead in the Southeast division over Atlanta. They also hold a 3 game lead over Orlando. For Atlanta, this win was a big measuring stick in how they have progressed so far this season and should prove a nice confidence boost in the days ahead.
"Guys knew this was going to be one of those games that even though it’s January that you get measured on," Hawks Jamal Crawford said. "It’s a good barometer. They’re not fully healthy, but we’re not either."