Death, taxes and Miami Heat alley oops…these are the only certainties in 2012.
The Heat have been on a tear since the season began, jumping out to the best record in the entire league. When they play lesser teams that are no match, the Heat almost turn into some sort of streetball Harlem Globetrotters.
Alley oops raining at the same rate as the Florida clouds and Tuesday night was no exception.
In the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings, the Heat had just played a sound set of defense. They forced Marcus Thornton to throw up a prayer over his head that didn’t even hit the rim.
Dwyane Wade immediately broke out on the fast break as LeBron James was passed the ball and literally took one dribble from under the basket before launching a picture perfect lob. Wade leaped into the air to catch the pass before converting the layup.
It took two seconds off the shot clock.
There was no way in the world the Kings could have done anything about it. And that’s why this Heat team is so dangerous. There are times when the defense has absolutely no way of stopping their freakish athletes.
They are quietly going about their business and smashing almost every opponent that stands in their way. Not counting tonight, the Heat have won 17-of-20 games and LeBron is turning in one of the greatest and most efficient seasons of all-time (27.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 6.8 apg).
Yet, a point guard that has been in the Knicks’ starting lineup for two weeks has received the cover of Sports Illustrated two weeks in a row.
But that’s OK with the Heat. They are just fine going about their business and only popping up in the highlight reels on SportsCenter.
Tuesday night was just the latest example.