LeBron James

words // Nick Engvall

Despite all the antics, which included missing credentials and missing LeBrons from the introductions, LeBron James and the Miami Heat bounced back on Thursday with a 123-107 win against the Washington Wizards. No matter how big of a deal losing to the Cavs may have been, backing it up with a loss to another of the league’s basement-dwellers, would have been hugely (see picture above for LeBron’s description on how big) demoralizing to Miami and their fans, which, for some reason with expectations for nothing short of another title in South Beach, seems to be the case for every loss.

In reality, James, Wade and the rest of the Heat have played well despite the criticism and crying. Yeah, the loss to the Cavs gives a small personal victory to the city of Cleveland in an otherwise suicide-inducing season, but at 52-23, Miami is just a couple games off the pace of the Chicago Bulls. At third in the Eastern Conference, it could be the best place for them when it comes time to tip-off the post-season. It will help them avoid a first round matchup with the only other team that might have more to prove this season, the New York Knicks.

With Wade scoring 33 and Lebron adding 35, and Cleveland nowhere near the Playoffs, could the Heat be setting us all up for a (not-so) surprising run deep into the post-season?


Sneaker Watch: A look at what the pros wear.

Dwyane Wade in the Air Jordan 2011.Dwyane Wade flies high in the Air Jordan 2011.

LeBron with a breakaway dunk in his signature Nike Air Max LeBron VII V2 PE.LeBron with a breakaway dunk in his signature Nike Air Max LeBron VIII V2 PE.

Jose Calderon stops and pops in the his latest Li-Ning signature.Jose Calderon stops and pops in the his latest Li-Ning signature.

Brandon Jennings avoids defenders wearing the UA Micro G Black Ice Low.Brandon Jennings avoids defenders wearing the UA Micro G Black Ice Low.

Dominic McGuire goes for the block wearing the Jordan Retro 11 Space Jam.Dominic McGuire goes for the block wearing the Jordan Retro 11 Space Jam.

Carmelo with his best Jersey Shore imitation in the Jordan Melo M7.Carmelo with his best Jersey Shore imitation in the Jordan Melo M7.

Josh Smith with a monster dunk in the adidas Pro Model PE.Josh Smith with a monster dunk in the adidas Pro Model PE.

Willie Green throws down a dunk in the Reebok Zig Slash.Willie Green throws down a dunk in the Reebok Zig Slash.

Steph Curry looks to get out of trouble wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.Steph Curry looks to get out of trouble wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2010 PE.

Wesley Johnson brings the ball up court wearing the adidas Crazy 8.

Wesley Johnson brings the ball up court wearing the adidas Crazy 8.

Blake Griffin takes a breather in the Nike Air Max Fly By.Blake Griffin takes a breather in the Nike Air Max Fly By PE.