Rashard Lewis needed a moment.
Actually, he needed a little bit longer. Last week he tried to recall the last time he played meaningful minutes in the fourth quarter.
At first, he couldn't remember. It took a few head scratches before he finally sort of pinpointed it.
"It was last year," Lewis said. "You know, remember in April when the Big Three was sitting out and we had to play?"
The circumstances were as different as Lewis' contributions to the Miami Heat this year. No more garbage time for Lewis, because this is the best he's felt physically since knee problems had him on the verge of retirement two summers ago.
Now healthy, he realizes the right decision was made to continue playing instead of focusing on life after basketball. Even though his minutes have come because of injuries to Udonis Haslem and Ray Allen, Lewis is proving not everyone moves to South Florida to become a retiree.
"It's night and day," Heat forward LeBron James said. "His knee is feeling much better....