Hours after tweeting that he caught the bug that was going around the team, James suited up and gave his best effort despite the illness. It wasn't Michael Jordan's flu game, but LeBron had flashes of brilliance anyway, including a sky-high alley-oop flush from Mike Miller and a critical finish on Marcin Gortat late. If he truly played sick, I want what he has.
Mike Miller must have not felt like himself either, because he made three layups Saturday. Miller hasn't made three layups in a game since 2010, so if you watched this game, it might be something you tell your grandchildren about. The fast-break alley-oop that he tossed to LeBron was vintage Miller. Solid game in Wade's absence.
It's pretty hard to rack up five turnovers without being a ball handler, but if LeBron caught the bug, Bosh caught the yips. That aside, Bosh rekindled his shooting touch Saturday and lit it up from 20 feet. With LeBron looking like he was working with one lung, Bosh's performance was much appreciated from the Heat. Most importantly, he rediscovered the charity stripe.
After guarding behemoths like Zach Randolph and Blake Griffin this week, Battier took his turn on Luis Scola on Saturday. Battier -- yes, Battier -- led all scorers in the first quarter with nine points to continue his recent scoring barrage. All those open looks from downtown should suffice as his reward for all the bruises he sustained on the road trip.
With Dwyane Wade sitting out and James playing with an illness, Phoenix essentially played Miami sans two superstars and couldn't capitilize. In classic Suns fashion, they picked apart the Heat's defense with penetration and kickouts but couldn't stop the undermanned squad on the other end. They could have used Marcin Gortat. Oh, he played?