CP3/Flash catch the blues
Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul were virtual no-shows last night as both of their teams were beaten without much resistance to the Pacers and Spurs.
Wade played the worst game of his entire NBA career and looked to be pouting and uninterested for the majority of the game. He shot 2-for-13 for five points and five turnovers and left LeBron James on an island all by himself as the Pacers took a 2-1 series lead. Wade made terrible passes, took bad shots, played lackadaisical defense, and got into a shouting match with Coach Spoelstra.
The Clippers only chance at challenging the untouched Spurs was a huge outing from their superstar point guard, Paul. CP3 didn’t answer the bell in San Antonio last night going for 10 points, five assists, and eight turnovers. Instead he let Tony Parker have his way and rack up 22 points.
Miami is in danger of underachieving in a large way this season with a second round loss to the Pacers, but this time the blame won’t be James’ fault. The finger will be pointed squarely at Wade with Bosh out. James and Wade should be enough firepower to bring home wins, especially this early in the playoffs. Bosh or not they shouldn’t be getting blown out in Indiana. Wade’s jumper isn’t falling and he doesn’t look like the same player as in the regular season. He missed a game winning layup in game two and then didn’t show up yesterday.
Lob City is just up against the juggernaut known as the Spurs. They are the better team with the better coach and the Clippers are banged up and left for dead after their seven-game first round series with Memphis. Coach Pop has the Spurs playing like a well-oiled machine and little is standing in their way of going to the Western Conference Finals.
The only hope for both Miami and Los Angeles is that their superstar guards can come out of the shell that they crawled in last game and play like everybody knows that they can. Wade didn’t get a championship for nothing and Paul isn’t considered one of, if not the, best point guard in basketball. They looked like a sad story last night, but the great ones always bounce back and we will see if these two are that.