Good morning. Let's basketball.
WHERE'S YOUR GOD NOW?: LeBron James did not score 61 points on Tuesday. In fact, Michael Beasley was the Heat's leading scorer as the Rockets edged Miami 106-103. The Heat's streak is over. Basketball Utopia is dead. The MVP race is now meaningless.
SPEAKING OF HOUSTON: Drew Garrison with a great look into how Dwight Howard and James Harden are melding into some sort of magical two-headed basketball god.
DANG: Klay Thompson, sticking a game-winning turnaround jumper in George Hill's eye is really, really not a very nice thing to do.
DON'T LET THE BEDBUGS BITE: Beckley Mason with a strong look at how the NBA hurts itself by guaranteeing its players are sleep-deprived. My own #HotZzzTake from 4:15 local time: [stares off into distance, remembers what a full night of sleep was like, mourns his youth]
OH: Former Knick Chris Smith waived by his D-League team. He actually bailed a few days ago.
SPEAKING OF WHICH: "The 2013-14 Knicks are the worst Knicks team I have ever experienced because of the totality with which the franchise, at every level of engagement, has destroyed even the illusion of hope."
NEVER NO SHRUGS: Howard Beck talked with John Amaechi about why Jason Collins' significance cannot be overstated.
ERADICATION: David Stern attended Collins' home debut in Brooklyn on Monday. Quoted by the Bergen Record's Tara Sullivan: "Hopefully it brings on the eradication of cases like this being noteworthy."
COOL STORY, BRO: Dominique Wilkins, a scorer who never dropped 60 in an NBA game, diminishes LeBron's 61 by claiming he could, at age 54, put up 40 on these Bobcats. Who have the No. 7 defense in the NBA.
MARC GASOL ALL-STARS: Zach Lowe's most watchable players in the NBA.
MEET ROPEY: The story of George Hill's childhood horse Ropey.
Happy Wednesday. See you next time.