Could they get over not being the focal point anymore and play good team ball? Three years later it is starting to look like the answer to that question is no.
After amassing an NBA-best 66-16 record this season the Heat were expected to cruise right on through the early rounds and then dispatch whatever team made it out of the Western Conference with relative ease. The early rounds of the playoffs went as expected, but those pesky Indiana Pacers have proven to be up to the challenge.
Thanks to the tough time the Pacers have been giving the Heat we are seeing quite a few cracks in the Big Three that could be disastrous for the Heat not only for Game 7 Monday night, but for the foreseeable future.
Comments made by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have made it appear as if all is not well in South Beach.
First it was LeBron's "I kind of just went back to my Cleveland days" comment that stirred the hornets nest a little after Game 5. He is of course refffering to how he pretty much was the team in Cleveland and carried the team on his back.
Like he had to in Game 5 when he scored 16 points in the third quarter to put the Heat ahead for good. Then there was this comment after a loss in Game 6 where both Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had lousy games.
"I mean, we can state the obvious, they're both struggling," James said about Wade and Bosh. "When you're struggling, the best thing to get is a layup or a dunk. [Wade] missed a couple of them. ... Chris is struggling with his shot, and him hurting his ankle didn't help."Wade was a bit more diplomatic with his comment, but the point he wanted to get across was pretty clear.
"We've got guys individually who want to play better," Wade said. "But we've got to try to help each other out in this locker room and not leave it up to the individual to self-will it."So on one hand we have LeBron talking bad about his teammates as a whole and Wade and Bosh specifically. On the other we have Wade talking team first and criticizing LeBron's 'only I can do it' attitude.
LeBron is arguably the best player to ever play the game; easily one of the best. However, look through time and you'll see that even the best of them had to learn how to play team ball in order to win championships. All you have to do is look at Michael Jordan's career to see that.
Only those guys know what their relationship is actually like. LeBron and Wade have appeared in public a number of times making it appear as if they are friends. Maybe they kissed and made up after they both said their piece in the media.
If they lose to the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 I am sure we will find out.