This won't be the first pained looks James and Bosh will have.
I was going to write a piece today saying it is time to stop hating on the Heat.
Unfortunately, the Heat fans came out faster with their idiotic "we're still winning it all" takes.
All I can say is, "Dude, duuuude!" Like seriously.
If you didn't see the obvious last night, you'll never see it.
The Heat are going to win games this year. probably 50-60 of them. But winning it all?
It will never happen, and here's why.
Bosh is a nice player, not a great one.
It wasn't just Heat fans who bought into the Big Three concept this summer.
Chump analysts like Yahoo's Kelly Dwyer also raved about the fact that there have never been three superstars like James, Wade and Bosh on a team before.
So when Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy played together, that wasn't three "superstars?" More importantly, who made Bosh a superstar?
There's a reason Toronto couldn't trade the guy. And believe me, they tried.
Fact is, Bosh wouldn't have even cracked the starting lineup of the 80's Celtics and Lakers. He would have been a sixth man like Cedric Maxwell, at best.
A guy waving a towel on the end of the bench when the game was one the line.
Last night showed what you're going to get most of the 2010-2011 season. James is going to control the ball. Wade will probably get his.
And Bosh? Well, he better learn how to rebound and play defense.
Which makes him what? A higher-paid Udonis Haslem.
They wish they still had Jermaine O'Neal
Last year, the Lakers won the title with a subpar bench, but that wasn't easy to do.
The Celtics really hurt them in the Finals. But the Lakers' bench at least had Lamar Odom and actual NBA players.
The Heat has a bunch of guys one step away from the D League and old players who have never, ever played on winning teams.
I could waste time on each of them, but why? They are not worth writing about unless you live in Miami.
LeBron James goes to the hoop.
Last night, LeBron James made good on his statement that "he will not defer to anyone."
James put up almost as many shots as Wade and Bosh combined, and he wasn't making a lot of them. So far, he doesn't look like he's dealing with the pressure well, and it not hard to imagine Dwyane Wade privately stewing if James continues to dominate the ball.
James is a great passer during the regular season. But when the pressure is on, he becomes just another ball hog at the local gym.
Kobe Bryant used to try that before the Lakers got Pau Gasol. While it provided a number of big game for Kobe, the team ended up losing most of those games.
Dwyane Wade is great. When he's on the court.
Wade has missed large parts of two seasons in the last four years, and he's already had hamstring problems this year.
Without him, the Heat are very similar to last year's Cavaliers, with an inferior bench. We all know what happened to that team.
If the injuries continue, it's hard to imagine Wade making it through an 82-game season followed by a grueling playoff season all the way into June.
Sure it was only one game, but last night the Lakers and the Celtics showed why they were in the Finals last year.
The Celtics not only put it on the Heat early, they closed the game out at the end. The Lakers looked sluggish after their ring ceremony, fell behind by double digits in the third quarter, then came back and won the game.
Both teams added key pieces in the offseason, and they both know how to win big games.
And they're just plain better.