LeBron was simply unstoppable. Sure, he might have received the benefit of the doubt on some calls -- and that includes the flagrant foul from Tyson Chandler -- but we also haven't seen him this aggressive since closing out the Nets on April 16. Safe to say, this is a bigger stage. Defensively, he bottled up Carmelo Anthony, and it left the Knicks looking for answers. They found none.
Apparently, Wade got some new springs during his maintenance program. He opened the game by bouncing around and dunking left and right. Wade's production tapered off after that, and he occasionally got sloppy with the ball. But with LeBron playing the way he did, Wade playing in third gear was perfectly fine. His floaters high off the glass were reminiscent of a vintage Allen Iverson.
Is it rust that he missed seemingly every layup he took? Doesn't matter, apparently. Bosh was mostly a nonfactor in this game, but that didn't slow down the Heat's stampede. Bosh will have to get back on track quickly once Tyson Chandler recovers from the flu. The Heat didn't need Bosh on Saturday, but LeBron isn't going to play like this every night. We think.
Never has an elite scorer looked so helpless. Erik Spoelstra made his game plan clear: Don't let Carmelo touch the ball. LeBron and Shane Battier fronted Carmelo in the high post practically every time down the floor, and it knocked Carmelo completely off his game. The Knicks needed an uplifting start from Carmelo, and instead, he missed his first seven shots from the floor.
Doesn't get much worse than that. And that's before the deflating Iman Shumpert knee injury in the third quarter. With Tyson Chandler battling the flu, the Knicks might have been doomed from the beginning, but things got ugly quickly. Carmelo was completely upstaged by LeBron in every facet, and the Knicks couldn't recover. One solace: It's just one game.