Almost every team in the league is gasping for air heading into this weekend’s All-Star break in Orlando.
Even though that exhaustion includes the boys of South Beach, of all the teams in the east, there is not one team that looks as good as Miami—not even in the same universe, really.
Game of the Week
Thursday – New York Knicks 88, Miami Heat 102
Jeremy Lin's final stat line: 1 for 11, eight points, three assists. With eight turnovers, it would be safe to say that Lin looked about as bad, if not worse, than this line concludes. After averaging 23.9 points and 9.2 assists over his first eleven games, some analysts said that the Knicks/Heat court looked like nine guys… and a guy from Harvard.
I love Jeremy Lin. It’s a great story. I think he’s a great player with even greater potential. But Miami knew what was coming. The Heat are the best team in the league, if not the best on the defensive end. It wasn’t hard for the veteran heat squad to put a lot of pressure on the Harvard grad, taking him out of his comfort zone.
"First of all, he deserves all of the credit he's been given," Dwayne Wade said. "We knew it was going to be a tough task guarding him. … He's a good player, but we put a lot of pressure on him and it was a success."
Lin said after the game that the Heat defense made it difficult for him to even dribble the ball. Miami gave him fits all night, and it wasn’t pretty if you were a Knicks fan of any kind.
On the other end, Lebron James put on an absolute show, becoming the NBA's first player since 2008 to finish a game with at least 20 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, five steals and two blocks. The last player to accomplish that feat was James himself.
Former Indiana Pacer, Reggie Miller and former 76er, Maurice Cheeks are finalists for the NBA Hall of Fame.
Replacing injured Hawks guard Joe Johnson, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo will make his third all-star game appearance.
Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert will sit out the Slam Dunk Contest because of a left knee injury. Replacing him will be Jazz forward Jeremy Evans.
The Miami Heat, who have won eight in a row, winning all games by at least 12 points.
The Knicks’ Jeremy Lin. Linsanity got cooled off against the Heat on Thursday night, turning the ball over eight times.
Derrick Rose shot down rumors that he was trying to convince the Bulls to make a trade for Lakers forward Pau Gasol.
Magic center Dwight Howard is supposedly still on the trading block. However, team executive Pat Williams says the team is loyal to Howard and that a move is not necessarily imminent.
Keep An Eye On…
This weekend’s all-star game in Orlando! Dwight Howard could play hero in his home city.
Upcoming Games To Watch
Sunday – NBA All-Star Game 7:00 EST TNT
Wednesday – Chicago @ San Antonio 9:00 EST ESPN
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