[Updated late Sunday afternoon, 1-21.]Heat vs. H
Shaquille O'Neal tentatively was scheduled to return from his knee injury this afternoon at home vs. Dallas after being sidelined since early in the season, but there he was courtside. Not in uniform, but in a big blue suit, his comeback delayed yet again.
This looked like the Heat's greatest test of this so-far erratic, disappointing season: The Mavericks, who owned the league's best record and were on a 19-1 tear, in a reprise of last summer's NBA Finals. Final: Dallas 99, Miami 93. Good effort, sans Shaq. Does "good try" count?
I continue to think the Heat, at full strength, can return to the Finals. But the feeling on that isn't very strong. Nor is likelihood of a HeatPeat against the mighty West. Today might have helped shape opinions, but didn't, really.
It's close to midseason. Do you know where's your Heat's prospects are?