LeBron moved purposefully along the baseline on the game's first offensive possession to position himself for a driving layup, and the smart off-ball work continued from there. His 11-point first quarter may have been his most efficient of the season. He didn't indulge his jones for the long jumper until the game was far out of reach.
Wade spent the evening in perpetual foul trouble. He played only nine minutes in the first half and failed to get a shot off from the field. Once the Pistons were cooked, Wade took control of garbage time and compiled a semi-impressive line.
Bosh's off-the-ball movement was as good as it has been all season. He took his steady diet of jumpers from the foul-line extended, but sprinkled in a few smart cuts. Is Bosh beginning to realize that if he aspires to be more than an elbow jump-shooter, he must be more creative in the half court?
NBA rules stipulate that players may move freely through the lane, provided they don't stay longer than three seconds. The 2010-11 Heat reportedly received word of this prior to the game. Their scorers proceeded to create opportunities on a cuts, weakside actions and sharp timing. Finally.
The Pistons are an odd collection of players who are either past their primes, or have yet to enter them. They're a far worse defensive team than they should be, and are especially charitable in the paint. Their elder statesmen no longer have the speed to get the separation they so successfully employed during their heydays.