There are no funnies today. It doesn't seem appropriate. For the first time, Miami got flat-out beat last night. They had their chances, naturally, but after the mid-point of the second quarter, there just didn't seem to be much going on in the 111-104 loss. It's hard to to stay in the game when you can't slow down a player. Of course, it's not the easiest task in the world to slow down LeBron James. Miami got their points, as Dwyane Wade (36), Michael Beasley (24) and Jermaine O'Neal (15) all finished in double-digits in scoring, but the defense wasn't there. Miami hadn't given up more than 45 points in the first half all year - including in the game against the Suns. With 62 in the first half Thursday, the Cavs had their jump-off point for a win. This is no time to panic; remember, if Miami had won, they would have been off to their best start in franchise history. Even with the loss, that ain't too shabby. My method of following a team goes thusly: During the season, don't let the bad bring you too low or the good bring you too high. Some nights Miami's going to win, some nights Miami's going to lose, and hopefully for your sake, a few nights Miami's going to get beat. The Heat has tonight off, and welcome the New Jersey Nets to the AmericanAirlines Arena Saturday night. A little easier going that Thursday night's opponent.