MIAMI -- This was not opening night and one final celebration of an NBA Championship.
Nor was it the season's first road game amid the unusualness produced by a storm of the century.
This was the unofficial beginning of the long grind.
The Miami Heat, despite a third straight poor defensive effort, trailed the Denver Nuggets by only one point with 14.1 seconds left Saturday night.
Miami had the ball, a timeout and, oh, the options.
Whose shot would be responsible for deciding the team's fate?
LeBron James, the league's best player who can hurt a team so many ways?
Dwyne Wade, not far behind James in terms of being an elite player?
Chris Bosh, who already had scored 40 points?
Ray Allen, whose hot hand had been 7 of 11 with 19 points?
Just who would be The Guy this night?
"It was up to LeBron to make the read," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Try to get him in the paint and let him do what he does best, which is make decisions in split seconds."
James relied on his l...