At shootaround Tuesday morning before the game, LeBron gushed about Andrei Kirilenko's defense, but LeBron neutralized that real quick. James was in facilitator mode with "Go-Go-Gadget-Arms" guarding him. His passing repertoire was on full display with Ricky Rubio watching from the sidelines, 50-foot bounce passes included. At 22 straight games, it's the longest 20-plus scoring streak since Karl Malone in 1990.
Wade pounded the paint early, victimizing rookie Alex Shved with an array of post-up moves and flying out in transition for easy buckets. This looked like the 2006 Wade with the way he was effortlessly slicing to the rim. You know Wade's feeling well when he blocks multiple shots out there. We haven't seen that in almost a month. Wade's slowly coming on.
Since you arrived on this page, the Timberwolves have already collected seven rebounds. We know that the rebounding burden doesn't fall on one player's shoulders, but it was pretty much a Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love total eclipse under the rim. The swooping, reverse lay-in on LeBron's lob in the third quarter was a nice consolation, even if he didn't dunk it.
Could have highlighted the Heat's suffocating defense or their 3-point display here, but the Timberwolves were just that dominant cleaning the glass. How relentless were they? Bosh and Udonis Haslem never collected a defensive rebound during the entire game. The Heat ended up being outrebounded 52-24 and yet it didn't matter. Must be nice to have LeBron and Wade.
How do you lose a game while getting practically every rebound? By coughing up the ball 20 times, that's how. The Timberwolves could have really used a healthy Ricky Rubio in this one, but alas, the point guard phenom took the cautionary night off to keep his knee healthy. Kevin Love (2-for-10) just can't seem to find his form after his hand injury.