It’s really hard to get a handle on this Miami Heat team; are they a bad squad who lacks depth and is vulnerable to more proven teams or are they a top heavy talented team that is poised to make a huge playoff run? I don’t know and I can’t believe for a minute that even they know but for one night, Monday night to be precise, they showed they can beat the best in the league.
Which is what they did in there 110-80 win over the league leading San Antonio Spurs; a win that avenges a 30 point loss to these Spurs earlier in the year and has to feel pretty darn good.
"It’s huge for us, really, just getting even with this team," Heat star Chris Bosh said. "They beat us pretty good and I’m happy that we were able to respond by playing a complete game tonight. But at the same time, it is just one game."
Bosh was the catalyst for this Heat win with another powerful inside performance. He raked in 12 rebounds and put up 30 points in controlling the inside for the Heat, allowing LeBron James and Dwayne Wade to control the outside. Wade put up 29 while James followed up with 21 points of his own.
"We were in attack mode," James said. "We were in attack all night."
The Heat has been under fire recently for their erratic play and a recent losing streak but has responded with three straight wins, two of which over the best two teams in the West, the Spurs and the defending champs, the Los Angeles Lakers. Wins that have quieted the naysayers and have justified the confidence the Heat have stuck to.
"Sometimes when you suffer the results that we were and you have this extreme noise from outside, that can be a distraction only if you let it," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "But in terms of the guys’ confidence, it never really wavered. This is a very confident group. But the consistency that we’ve had the last three games is something we can build on."
Though the Spurs lost by 30, don’t expect them to panic anytime soon as this veteran laden squad is aware that this is only one game and that as the time expired on the clock Monday night, it’s one that’s in the rear view mirror.
“They needed the game more than us," Ginobili said. "They were more upset than us and they are a great team. We are not playing against a second-division team in Asia. We are talking about the Heat."
With the regular season nearing it’s end, the Heat are getting closer to finding their stride, much to the detriment of the rest of the league. If they can continue this trend, who knows how far they can make it this season?
"It’s been a lot of ups and downs for us," Bosh said. "But it’s all part of what we have to go through to get to where we want to go.”
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