Sitting back watching the Miami Heat roll over in the second half of Game 3 was like watching Iron Man’s super suit failing after he’s jumped out of his tower. It was a painful showing by a team with too much talent to have simply given up.
But, that’s just what Miami did as the Pacers trounced the visiting franchise, 94-75.
With a team so spotlighted as the Miami Heat, there was a massive Twitter reaction during and immediately after the game that poured in during the Spurs-Clippers meeting in San Antonio. Bomani Jones, of The Evening Jones, had an interesting take on the coming out of Mario Chalmers.
“mario chalmers has 25 pts, and the heat are getting smoked. wouldn't have put money on that.”
Neither would have any viewer in America. This game gave way to some preposterous, yet warranted, claims against the Miami Heat. The ever-so-hilarious Not Bill Walton Twitter page made some pretty interesting comparisons for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
“Overhyped, overpaid, and 2 overrated guys leading the rest of the squad. I can't figure out if I'm talking about the Miami Heat or YMCMB.”
Are the Miami Heat’s standing Big 2 overrated and overhyped? Usually this would not be a viable question to pose for two of the best players in the game today, but a poor showing from the two powerhouses against a team without as much raw talent and skill has brought it to light.
The Heat have been exposed. Dwyane Wade has been exposed.
Wade scored five points in Game 3. Keeping James on the hook for his lack of performance in the entire second half of the game, Wade has to be held accountable for his absence. The general Twitter consensus seems to be that Bosh had everything to do with Miami’s Game 3 loss, however.
At least comedian Gary Owen thinks so.
“Ppl make fun of Chris Bosh all the time but now ppl realize how important he is to the Heat.”
As does Jody McDonald.
“Guess the Heat miss Chris Bosh !! No matter how soft you think he is, he's skilled and the Heat are not the same without him !!”
But, when looking at how the entire game was played and coached, it is obvious that the absence of Bosh was not the only thing at work. Wade was a non-factor, and while the Heat may be able to function without one of the Big 3, there is absolutely no way they would be able to win without two.
Wade was the second missing option, both physically and mentally, which crushed any chances Miami had of seeing even a single-digit defeat.
A small stir-up between Wade and coach Erik Spoelstra showed a sign that nothing is going in the direction for Miami right now, and regardless of the blanketed postgame conference banter, it is going to be a problem going forward.
Miami continued their struggles from beyond the three-point arc, ending Game 3 having gone 5-of-42 on the series. The Indiana Pacers, on the other hand, wrecked Miami from the inside out. The Heat were out-rebounded by 16, and the Pacers also had the hot hand from beyond the arc with 57.1 percent shooting from the three.
Miami saw the opposite side of dominance. They were mild-mannered and timid, when everyone expected them to come out swinging and stay balanced for 48 minutes.
The Heat find themselves going into a must-win Game 4 situation with the momentum cascading in Indiana’s favor.
Miami was embarrassed. How they return from being humiliated is what will distinguish them from those just good enough to make it.