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LeBron, did Miami learn lesson from loss to Wizards? No.

Dec 5, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

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It’s still a little stunning to see the score: Washington Wizards 105, Miami Heat 101.

Sure, it’s an early season NBA game, which gives it about as much weight at Kate Moss, but still this is the kind of win the Heat should get easily. They didn’t. And you totally get why Wizards coach Randy Wittman was telling his guys it was a statement game — he wants them to believe. He wants to build on this into their season sucking less.

Was there a lesson in this for the Heat? Not if you ask LeBron James, as did.

“This isn’t a lesson for us; it’s just a loss. That’s all it is. We’ve seen and been through everything, so we don’t need a loss to teach us a lesson to do better.”

Maybe the lesson, LeBron, is not to go out clubbing late night before a game.

If not a lesson — implying you don’t know what to do — then how about a reminder, suggesting you should do what you know how to do?

Miami won a title last year because of their defense, which gave up 100.2 points per 100 possessions and was fourth best in the NBA. This season they are giving up 107, 22nd in the Association.

Miami plays an aggressive, gambling style of defense designed to use their superior athleticism to challenge your passes, your drives — they attack you before you can attack them. But this year the Heat are playing at three-quarter speed and reacting rather than forcing other teams to react. Do that with their style of defense and NBA players are going to put up points — and yes, the Wizards still have NBA players on their roster.

So call it whatever you want LeBron, there is something to be taken from this game for the Heat. This loss doesn’t matter, but the consistent lack of effort, the lack of building good habits through the season that will be tested in the playoffs, does.

  1. cantonbound13 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Kurt: “LeBron, you are so dreamy”.
    LeBron: “Thanks Kurt”.
    Kurt: “LeBron, I fantasize about you every day”.
    LeBron: “I got to go now”.

  2. berbes - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    damn canton, beat me to it. it is like a mold, as kurt’s lovey-pablum-filled notes on laGOD go on forever.

    i betcha he spent all his allowance on new posters for his room!

  3. dls612 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    I wish I knew why the lack of effort ! So far, the heat are nowhere near close do their potential defensively! 22 from being 4th last year thats a major drop off! the good news its still early in the season. We’ll see.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:04 PM


    The Heat are going to lose somewhere between 18-24 more games this regular season. Some of those losses will be games that on paper should not even be close. Are we going to have to go through this every time?

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      And the only way they’ll win it all is if there’s a lockout shortened season or Tim Donoghey is the ref.

  5. HitsDingers - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    It’s logically astounding how quickly you went from this game carries no weight to there must be a lesson here for Lebron.

  6. drunkenjunk - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    not a lebron defender or apoligist at all but who cares? I’m pretty sure the Heat didn’t care about this game and are more concerned with tomorrow night and showing up the knicks for that first game.

  7. paulwoodsby - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    So arrogant.

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