You know you're having an MVP-type season when 8-for-21 is considered an awful shooting night. LeBron dabbled in hero-ball a little too much in this one, even if he often had no choice with the uninspiring Heat offense. The game was ugly the whole way through and LeBron's sloppy play had plenty to do with it, especially in the fourth quarter.
Wade didn't play in this one and is still considered day-to-day, but he should probably be considered week-to-week at this point. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Wade would travel to Detroit for Wednesday's game, which could be seen as a good sign. Could.
Bosh was a punching bag tonight. The Cavaliers big men fouled him relentlessly in the post (Ryan Hollins miraculously picked up four fouls over a three-minute span). But Bosh continued to attack anyway and picked up a whole batch of freebies. He carried the Heat down the stretch with the corner 3-pointer and pair of and-1s.
The Ohio native broke out of his slump in a big way in his first game against the Ohio squad. The kid from Dayton had missed more layups than he made this season, but he made sure they rattled in tonight. The quintessential Cole Train play came in the fourth quarter, when he went on a 1-on-2 fast break and fearlessly attacked and laid it in.
The Cavaliers absorbed the absence of Tristan Thompson and still took the Heat down to the wire. Samardo Samuels, of all people, was unstoppable underneath as the Heat uncharacteristically surrendered routine open looks near the rim. It was an ugly game, but that's the way the Cavs wanted it. Kyrie Irving wasn't great, but the stiff Cavs defense kept them in it.
-- Grades by Tom Haberstroh