Miami Heat Team Report Card: Grading LeBron James and Co. on the Past Week

December 26th, 2010 by Justin Eisenband Leave a reply »
Unless you were on another planet for the past week, you heard about the Christmas Day matchup between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 69 points and held Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant to just 34 points together.

While both teams downplayed the game as just another regular season meeting, this game had deeper meaning. First, the Los Angeles Lakers are the defending NBA Champions, and any time the challenger beats the champions on their home court, it is a statement game.

Secondly, the Heat have been questioned in their ability to beat the elite teams of the NBA. A road victory against the Lakers, especially in the fashion in which it occurred, demonstrates that this team is not the same team from November.

Although Miami lost to the Dallas Mavericks for the second time this season, the game was a close game that the Heat had several opportunities to win. The road game at Phoenix this week also illustrated that Miami can win comfortably without one of the Miami Thrice in the lineup.

Here are grades for each player for the past week.

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