Wade, Heat Shut Down Detroit
I don't want to pile on the poor city of Detroit. That place has fallen on Dustbowl-esque hard times as of late. Half the population vacated the city, and the average cost of a home is now $18,000. President Obama mentioned Detroit in the litany of choices he has to make between "bad and worse" on 60 Minutes.
The Miami Heat felt the same way last night. For a while, anyway. For the first three-and-a-half quarters of the game in Auburn Hills, the Pistons were operating like a well-oiled machine. Or maybe an efficient assembly line, like Henry Ford once created. Detroit led by as many as 11 points.
Then by the end of the game, a combination of two late blocks by Dwyane Wade and two fantastic points from Udonis Haslem, the Heat managed to make Detroit look as bad as... well, Detroit. It was sad, unless you live in South Florida. Then it was pretty sweet.
The Heat won the game 101-96. In the first quarter, Wade hit a basket that put him over 2,000 points for the season. That makes him only the fifth player in NBA history to notch 2,000 points, 500 assists, and 150 steals in a single season.
Miami also inched ever closer to hosting a playoff series. The team is now three-and-a-half games back from Atlanta for the fourth spot in the East.
Oh, in completely unrelated, unsymbolic news, Japan eliminated the United States from the World Baseball Classic last night.