LeBron James: Derrick Rose Outduels LeBron in Miami
Derrick Rose outduels LeBron James in Miami.
Talk about showing up.
In the first game of the day, the Chicago Bulls not only took a one game lead on the Heat for second seed in the East, they locked up a potential tiebreaker should the two teams finish the season with the same record.
This marks the fourth time in the past six outings the Heat have lost a game they were once leading by double-digits.
Derrick Rose was enormous in putting up 27 points and 5 assists to LeBron’s 26 and 6 (plus a begrudgingly acknowledged 8 boards), and his play down the stretch serves as a substantial boost in MVP credibility from yours truly, who until this point thought the award was LeBron’s to lose.
Now, it just might be Rose’s to win.
Critical to Chicago’s success against Heat this year has been their curtailing of Wade. Without its two perimeter threats operating at full capacity, Miami loses the greatest advantage it has on the Bulls – that they have two Rose-caliber players to Chicago’s one. Today, Dwayne Wade struggled again. He put up 20 points, but he got them on 8-19 shooting with seven turnovers.
LeBron and Wade each had opportunities to win the game for the Heat in the closing seconds, and they both missed. It was LeBron’s fourth such miss in Miami’s past five losses.
From former Cleveland beat-writer, current ESPN scribe Brian Windhorst:
The Heat are now 1-16 this year when shooting for a win or a tie in the closing seconds.
Also of note:
“Spoelstra said some Heat players are crying in the locker room.”
I know why – it’s the first time a James-led team has lost four games in a row since 2006, and those things tend to get blamed on his teammates.
(Check out this article from Richard Langford on Why Derrick Rose is a More Deserving MVP than LeBron James.)
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