"It's a gutsy win for us," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. And a costly loss for the defending NBA champions, who fell two games behind Cleveland in the race for the Eastern Conference's best record.
Ah, no. A costly loss is when the green lose a player to injury. At this point a loss is a loss. The green know they're gonna be playing lots-0-games on the road in the playoffs. They also know that playoff preparation won't really begin until KG and Rondo are back on the court, and Stephon Marbury has scraped the rust off.
Any PT that Steph gets is good PT. Leon Powe is showing he can be a force when given the chance. Ray Allen remains sharp from the field. Doc won't have much time to bring all of the parts together. But once KG gets healthy, I expect Doc, the Big 3, and Rajon to put this team on an accelerated chemistry and adjustments curve. Hopefully, the full team can play three to five regular season games together and use the first round to sharpen the saw.