Miami Heat 88, Milwaukee Bucks 67
Recap (link coming soon)| Box Score
LeBron James: C+
5-10 FG, 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists
LeBron took an off night. If Miami needed him to, he would have taken over the game. He didn’t have to because the Milwaukee Bucks are about as good at basketball as Hayden Christensen is good at acting. Any time Milwaukee/Christensen is on the court/set with another team/actor, they just get dominated.
Chris Bosh: B
4-10 FG (0-2 3FG), 6-6 FT, 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks
It’s the third-straight game Bosh had two blocks. He was the aggressor early, but his shots just weren’t falling tonight. He showed a strong effort and was able to create a lot of open looks for himself early that translated into open looks for teammates later on.
Rashard Lewis: C+
4-10 FG (1-3 3FG), 4-4 FT, 13 points, 0 rebounds, 1 assist
Lewis either played good defense or the Bucks played bad offense…more likely a bit of both. Lewis only made four of 10 shots, but everyone else shot pretty much the same way all night. Getting 13 points, therefore, is an accomplishment while the Bucks slowly drain the life out of the game of basketball on a Saturday night.
Toney Douglas: B
5-10 FG (1-4 3FG), 13 points, 4 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 turnovers
Douglas dribbles the ball too much. I just need to get that out there. However, he did show some life and energy, particularly on this play when he dove for a loose ball, that no one else on the court seemed to duplicate. His decisions and over-dribbling annoy the hell out of me, but I’ll give him a “B.”
Miami Heat: A
Miami was missing three starters and Ray Allen again and Milwaukee was missing basic basketball fundamentals, resulting in a game you couldn’t pay me to watch twice. In fact, I can’t believe I’m writing this on a Saturday night. I’m gonna go get a beer, but first: it was a good effort by the short-handed Heat tonight. They won every quarter and didn’t allow the Bucks to hang in the game and did not play down to the competition. The only way this game would have been fun was if it was close, and the Heat wouldn’t have gotten this high a grade.