It was a young point guard duel, except one is an actual point guard (John Wall) and the other is a shooting guard masquerading as one (Cole). The Heat are lucky that Cole showed up or else we might have seen the NBA's first mercy rule. Cole scored all of the Heat's second-quarter buckets (four), which goes down as the saddest fact in Heat Reaction history.
Nothing went well for the Heat but in the grand scheme of things, as long as no one got injured, Erik Spoelstra would take it. Well, Miller got injured. After running a pick-and-roll with Eddy Curry in the third quarter, the gargantuan center stepped on Miller's left foot and Miller had to leave the game for good. Expect an update on Friday.
Making his first start since 2008, Eddy Curry stepped in for Dexter Pittman and instantly became the Heat's go-to scorer. That is no lie. Curry opened the game with two quick buckets and moved fairly well. A spin move in the third quarter that sent him falling face first to the ground wasn't his finest moment. Neither was stepping on Miller's foot and ending his teammate's night.
Fans should have tanked the finale in protest. The Heat had no incentive to play their stars on Thursday because they already locked up the second seed, but it would have been nice if someone else showed up other than Cole. Miami's 9-to-15 assist-to-turnover ratio sums it up best. It was painfully obvious that the Heat miss Eddie House for finale-entertainment purposes.
Even though the Heat's defense was as porous as a beach hammock, John Wall dazzled in front of the home crowd, tallying seven points and 12 assists with just two turnovers. As long as the Wizards build around Wall and Nene, they'll be in good hands. With Thursday's win, the Wizards finished 8-2 in the final 10 games of the season. Not bad for a team that started 1-12.