Posted June 02, 2013

Reggie Miller: Heat are ‘Miami Cavaliers’ with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh struggling

2013 NBA playoffs, Ben Golliver, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Indiana Pacers, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Reggie Miller, TNT

The diminished play of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade drew a wisecrack from TNT commentator Reggie Miller during the Heat’s 91-77 loss to the Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday.

“We’re watching the Miami Cavaliers right now, playing this series,” Miller said shortly after halftime, with the Heat trailing 44-42.

The reference, of course, was to LeBron James’ weaker supporting casts during his time in Cleveland, which stretched from 2003 to 2010 and included a trip to the 2007 Finals. The 2013 MVP made a similar reference after Miami’s Game 5 win, in which he scored 16 points in the third-quarter to push the Heat to the victory.

“I kind of just went back to my Cleveland days at that point,” James said. “Let’s try to make more plays and be more of a scoring threat as well, and just try to figure out a way that I can ‑‑ I don’t know, just see if the guys would just follow me, and just lead them the best way I could. I was just in attack mode in the third quarter, look for my shot. And luckily I was able to make some.”

James finished Game 5 with 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Wade had just 10 points and six rebounds, and Bosh added seven points and five rebounds. The situation was even more dire in Game 6. James finished with 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Wade had 10 points and two rebounds, and Bosh closed with five points and four rebounds. Wade has been dealing with ongoing pain in his right knee while Bosh recently sprained his right ankle.

“I mean, we can state the obvious, they’re both struggling,” James said of Wade and Bosh. “Chris is struggling with his shot, and him hurting his ankle didn’t help him a lot as well. I think he will find it. He will find it. It’s my job as a leader to keep him motivated, to let him know how important he is to our movement, to our chances of returning to The Finals.”

ESPN.com reported post-game reaction from Wade and Bosh.

“We’ve got to do a good job of making sure me and Chris have our opportunities to succeed throughout the game,” Wade said. “That’s something we’re going to have to look at as a team.”

“I’m really disappointed in myself,” Bosh said. “It’s not been going my way this whole series. I want to play better. I will play better. I have to play better in Game 7. It’s as simple as that.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he planned to continue to support Wade and Bosh and took the blame for their struggles.

“They’re our brothers,” he said. “We’re all behind them. If anything, it’s on me. I got to find ways to get those guys comfortable in areas where they can be aggressive. And that will be my focus the next 48 hours. They’re obviously a major part of what we do, and I need to find a way to get them in places where they can be really aggressive. Now Game 7, adversity and backs against the wall, I know those two men’s character. This is when they come up big in these moments.”

The Heat and Pacers are now tied at three games apiece. Game 7 is Monday in Miami.

13 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Lebron just isn't a leader, he gets assists but does not always make his team better.

BillKurek
BillKurek

Reggie Miller is an idiot!!!

geewhiz
geewhiz like.author.displayName 1 Like

Great, the longer this series goes on the better.  Spurs will be fully rested and ready for the Heat.  And if the Pacers pull off the unthinkable, this finals will be epic!

Tito_z40
Tito_z40

LeBron may put up the gaudy assists, but he sucks the game out of his teammates.  He does not make them better.


Instead of Dwayne Wade becoming the Next Pippen, he is looking like The Next Ron Harper.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@Tito_z40 Wade is a slashing shooting-guard that's now too slow to actually slash.  It's not James' fault that Wade never developed an elite perimeter shot, like all great shooting-guards that remain elite into their 30s.

As for James not making his teammates better, you just betray your microscopic basketball IQ saying nonsense like that.

Look at that cast of scrubs that James carried to the 2007 finals and to #1 playoff seeds in subsequent seasons with the Cavaliers. That only happened because James made guys like Jamison, Varejao, and Ilgauskas seem a lot better than they actually were (right up until they ran into the Celtics in the playoffs, of course).

ScottyReid
ScottyReid

Note to Lebron James. Trying to win an NBA championship is not a "movement", you are leading athletes, not social/political activists. Learn what a "movement" is young man.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@ScottyReid Grammar nazi fail.  It's a somewhat creative use of the term, but it's nonetheless perfectly valid in that context.  The term's definition is not remotely as narrow as you describe, obviously.

StevenReznick
StevenReznick

Cleveland Cavs did not surround LeBron with any talent. The Heat organization has they are just not executing and performing. Reggie Miller was a great shooter and nothing more. Calling the Heat the Miami Cavaliers is just another cheap shot from a career cheap shot artist.

jbk1234
jbk1234

@StevenReznick I think that you are overstating it when you say they did not surround him with any talent.  Those Cavs teams: (1) Never lost a first round playoff series; (2) lost to a Spurs teams in the finals when Parker, Duncan and Ginobli were in their prime; (3) lost to the Celtics in game 7  when Allen, Pierce, and Garnett were five years younger and when Perkins and a healthy Rondo were still on that team; and (4) lost to the Celtics again three years ago when they still had their starting five.   How do the Heat teams since LBJ arrived do in those series?  Are you certain they could win any of them?  

Those Cavs teams did all of that without Boozer who lied to a blind owner in order to get the Cavs to release him.   If Boozer had stayed, they all would have had at least two rings.  

CharlotteLatimoreCarson
CharlotteLatimoreCarson

Lebron james is an awesome player he never throws his team under the bus 99 times out of 100 he lifts his brothers higher than himself he always credits his team for allowing him to be great and not envious dwade said it best with maturity you play for name on the front of the jersey not the back I dont see anyting wrong with what lebron said when your team not playing at 100 as captain you have to reach somewhere and grab some help and if he reach back to his calv days to win it doesnt matter everytime this man speak he taljs about the greatness of his team and his opposing team so if the miller wants to be a smary butt that s him the one time james says I had to oh he this and that no he's an awesome player and his team of brothers are the worlds greatest

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Luis Calderon
Luis Calderon

@nature boy ric f. "Self-glorification?"  Big words coming from an envious nobody.  LeBron is the best of the best on our planet when it comes to basketball, and he was simply honestly stating the obvious.

Your attempts at ridicule make you look even smaller.