By Lamar Battle
It was the look that gave it away. At first I thought it was fear but upon further scrutiny it seemed to be some thing else.
The Miami Heat tied their first round 2018 playoff series with the Philadelphia 76ers at one game each. This was against the 76er team that is projected in a lot of circles to make it all the way to the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
The Sixers have two that’s right two potentially great players in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. They won 17 straight games prior to Monday nights game and Simmons is seen by a growing list of admirers as a generational player….You know, like Kareem, Russell, Robertson and M.J.
However, just prior to the game the players stood facing one another during a tribute to recently deceased 76er legend Hal Greer and the camera swung to D.Wade.
Wade had a curious look on his face probably not unlike the one a man has (and you know who you are) when there is a leak in his living room with water coming down in a bucket and the wife and kids looking to him and he is afraid of heights.
I saw his face and I thought of Bill Russell who used to throw up prior to games. No, D.Wade is no Russell but it seemed as if he were trying to summon something deep within himself..Maybe the greatness that he as a player on the other side of his prime hasn’t experienced in years.
Long story short the Heat won the game and tied the series up against a superior team with Wade scoring 28 points and hitting the game clinching shot down the stretch.
Blog contributor Tony Powers said the Heat have a lot of bastards on the team.
Bastards the millennial term for the junk yard dogs of yester-year. These are the guys that will sacrifice their bodies and morals for a win. Most teams cannot win a title without at least one bastard… The Celtics have 3-4. The Heat have about 9 not including their coach (who was quoted as saying they like mother fuckers on their team) and the team president ( Yes, Pat Riley).
The Heat won game two by going old school and playing physical so now we will see if the kid (Simmons) is ready for greatness or will good old fashion grit win out ?