Vindman’s take: LeBron deserves better, but Heat don’t have time to empathize

MIAMI – Observations and other interesting notes from Wednesday night’s 112-98 win over the Los Angeles Lakers:

– that’s exactly what LeBron James feared as he was wrapping up his time with the Heat in 2014.

– Insufficient support.

— at a time when Dwyane Wade seemed to be aging.

– When Mike Miller was fired due to the luxury tax.

— when Ray Allen and others seemed to be dying.

– when the Spurs showed that the title race was going to be unsustainable.

—No, those were certainly not the only reasons for his leaving.

— as Cleveland beckoned.

— But now, with these Lakers and Anthony Davis out, it’s pretty much back to James’ original Cleveland days.

– Wondering about LeBron’s worst supporting role.

— Still, at age 37, he’s hit both ends in his most recent back-to-back games.

– Shows dominance at times.

– In a building, his number will soon hang on the rafters along with those of Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat’s Big Three partners.

— but besides LeBron, when it comes to the Lakers, there’s no one else.

– Even with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo back, the Heat are still incomplete.

– This time Kyle Lowry was absent for personal reasons.

– Lowry missed 13 such games last season.

— which gave Gabe Vincent the start in his second game after missing nine games with knee pain.

– Besides Butler, Bam Adebayo and Vincent, Tyler Herro and Caleb Martin are the other starters.

— Of the five starters, only Herro wasn’t on the Heat’s injury report earlier in the day.

— Butler missed the first two games with a sprained ankle.

— Adebayo is questionable with a shoulder problem, Martin is on the list with a sprained ankle and Vincent is on the list with a sore knee.

– Vincent’s first 3-pointer was the 200th regular season of his career.

– Victor Oladipo is the Heat’s first backup.

– followed by Max Strus.

— and then Duncan Robinson and Orlando Robinson in the rare double Robinson bench.

– The rotation has Haywood Highsmith out.

– Martin’s fourth defensive rebound was the 400th of his regular-season career.

— Adebayo’s eighth basket moved him past Grant Long for 11th in Heat history.

— Adebayo’s fifth free throw put him past Udonis Haslem for eighth in Heat history.

– Duncan Robinson’s second three-point attempt was his 2,000th of his career.