Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Miami
LeBron James scored 28 points and was unstoppable in the third quarter, while Bucks guard Brandon Jennings scored a game-high 30 points but saw little help from any of his teammates.
At one point in the third quarter, the Heat were shooting 2-of-20 from behind the three-point line. However, they still won this game handily without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who both sat out with minor injuries.
Point Guard: Mario Chalmers
Mario Chalmers' impact early on was minimal, as he had one shot, one miss and one turnover in the first quarter. He went scoreless in the first half and didn't take any more shots in the second quarter.
He didn't score his first points until there were five minutes left in the third quarter, when Mike Miller fed him for a wide-open corner three.
Chalmers scored five points to go along with three assists.
Shooting Guard: Mike Miller
Mike Miller began the game converting a beautiful pick-and-roll pass to Udonis Haslem for the team's first two points, then knocked down a pull-up jumper in transition a few seconds later and a wide-open three-pointer moments after that.
Miller did practically nothing following that spurt. He finished with five points on 2-of-7 shooting.
Small Forward: LeBron James
Being the best player in the universe, LeBron James was on a semi-serious triple-double watch after just eight minutes of play, with six points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals, all highlighted by a ridiculous self-pass-off-the-backboard slam.
At halftime, James led all scorers with 14 points. He also tallied four rebounds and four assists. He ended up missing only five shots and scoring 28 points to go along with seven assists and seven rebounds.
A great game, even for him.
Power Forward: Shane Battier
Starting for an injured Chris Bosh, Shane Battier went scoreless in 13 first-half minutes. The one time it felt like he even touched the ball, Battier drove to the paint and kicked it out to a wide-open Mike Miller, who knocked down a three-pointer.
He finished with three points on 1-of-5 shooting.
Center: Udonis Haslem
Udonis Haslem spent the first quarter catching dump-off passes for layups. Almost every possession felt like it ended with Haslem rolling to the basket or wide-open for a mid-range jumper.
At one point, he had 10 points, and so did the Milwaukee Bucks. Throughout the contest, he took several charges and was involved in the skirmish for the majority of missed shots.
He finished with 15 rebounds.
Sixth Man: Ray Allen
Ray Allen had a difficult time getting his shot to fall in the first half. He missed his first four three-point attempts.
He ended the game with 11 points, but missed nine of his 13 shot attempts. Not the best night from Allen, who often found himself wide open.
The shots just wouldn't fall.
Norris Cole was huge in the first quarter, attacking in transition and finishing at the rim at will. He had seven points in his first six minutes.
Cole finished with 11 points in 20 minutes.
Chris Andersen also pitched in early on, helping build Miami's lead with LeBron James on the bench. He had four points and four rebounds during his first six minutes.
He finished with nine points and nine rebounds (including a three-pointer).