On Thursday, LeBron James said “it sucks” to be voted only the second best defensive player in the NBA, but had only five defensive rebounds, and not a single steal or blocked shot. Dwyane Wade went 1 for 12 on his old home court in Milwaukee where he was an All-American for Marquette. The scary thing is the rest of the Heat can win without the dynamic duo dominating, as they beat the Bucks 104-91 to claim the first 3-0 lead in an NBA playoff series.
Marc Gasol, the 7-foot-1 center for Memphis and younger brother of Laker Pau Gasol, beat out James in voting for the top defensive player of the season.
Chris “the Birdman” Anderson was dominant on the court for the third straight game. He filled his 14 minutes with 11 points, six rebounds and a lot of streaking tattoos. Norris Cole had four assists off the bench, and a third bench player – Ray Allen – pumped in 23 points on five of eight shooting from beyond the arc, giving him the all-time playoff record with 322 three-pointers.
The Bucks defended their home floor for almost three quarters, before James took over and Allen broke Reggie Miller’s all-time record. No NBA team has ever rallied form down 3-0, and the Heat can wrap up the series Sunday in Milwaukee.