After banging his knee on Friday, LeBron simply wouldn't be denied against Memphis' frontline. Only problem: All of his teammates, other than Chris Bosh, were denied. That give-and-go in the first quarter for the two-handed slam? Unfair. LeBron practically scraped the ceiling with his American flag headband on that alley-oop from Mario Chalmers. It went downhill from there for Heat.
After sitting out Friday's game with a cold, Wade was an absolute mess on offense and got burned for sagging off Wayne Ellington on numerous occasions. Wade played bigger than his size, blocking shots by Zach Randolph and pulling down rebounds like a frontcourt player. But they needed more from him. When Ellington outplays Wade, it's not a good sign for Miami.
The assumption that Bosh is too small to handle Marc Gasol, but it's also the case that Marc Gasol might be too big to handle Bosh. The Heat's 6-foot-11 center took advantage of Gasol's heavy feet on the perimeter and put the ball on the deck en route to the rim. Bosh's play quieted concerns that he can't bang with Gasol, but his supporting cast couldn't reciprocate.
It's not just the lob that he threw to LeBron on the fast break. Chalmers has completely overhauled his playmaking ability this season. Now when it comes putting the ball in the hoop, that was a different story on Sunday. Chalmers continued to thread the needle with his passing game, but it looked like his shot caught Wade's cold.
Welcome to the Grindhouse, Miami Heat. The beefy Grizzlies ran all over the Heat and beat them in the most unlikely way imaginable: outside the paint. Spearheaded by Wayne Ellington's career night from downtown, the Grizz made it rain from beyond the arc with 14 3-pointers. Not only that, their defense put the Heat in a straightjacket. The Grizz are legit contenders.