Posts Tagged ‘Atlanta Hawks

08
Mar
12

Turning the Heat up at Home Court

Like I said … who can’t beat the Nets? Especially without Brooke Lopez.  Don’t get me wrong I am not trying to bash my team especially when bench warmers like Dexter Pittman and Eddy Curry actually got some playing time. Last night’s game was like practice for the beat after a back to back loss with the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers.

But tonight the rhythm for the Heat  picked up against the Atlanta Hawks. While the first half of the game was mediocre with the Hawks gaining up to the Heat on the scoreboard and getting a two point lead, the Heat boys retaliated on the second half. Yes Wade’s ankle is a little of a risque thing to play with considering he was sat down in yesterday’s game after once again rolling it over for a second time in a row. But the man is determine to show he can make up for the “foul” ups he’s been committing in the past few games. Still the game against the Hawks tonight shows they are a team you can’t let your guards down with even though their star player, Joe Johnson, was missing in action. All the way till the fourth quarter they were pretty rocky, going head to head against the Hawks and not solidifying an optimistic lead that let us know they had it in the bag. It wasn’t till almost THE END of the fourth quarter where the Heat stepped it up and even though I am biased towards this player, Udonis Haslem’s jump shot and alley-oop from Captain Wade lifted the team’s mojo. There was a split second where Mario Chalmers had his usual ‘let me foul this guy right when we need the points the most’ moment but luckily UD  came through right at the last minute. It was like a rerun of the Utah Jazz game when he miss that shot – but being the true Miami boy he is, even making it didn’t boost his ego. The 305 ride or die player just knows what he brings to the team. Of course it’s not like that can’t be said from Lebron – 31 points. He seems to be getting better and better. I don’t normally like to jump the gun but the man is the MVP. No questions about it.

Next couple of games should be just as nail biter games like this one – going against Pacers, Magic and Bulls. No easy task at all. Beating the Hawks today is a good sign and hopefully will be a continuation. Guess every now and then even the best need a loss or two to remind them that they are the team that everyone wants to beat.

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24
Feb
12

Back to Back to Back … Bringin’ the Heat!

8 games in a row….

From Wizards to Hawks to Bucks (finally) to Pacers to Cavaliers to Magic to Kings and last but not least… our latest “pretender” the Knicks. After that first loss on the road against the Orlando Magic, it’s almost as if the team did a 180 and became the kind of team who started to show off their true talents.

Not only did we come back full force from that loss but we are starting to gain the kind of consistency that can take us a long way when it comes to the playoffs. We definitely got our payback against Dwight Howard and his Magic this past Sunday when our defense overcame their team by blocking any chance at a win. Our defense is just getting more and more aggressive on the court – and I know the following player does not get enough praise but HELLO CHRIS BOSH! I really believe his value has just gone up more and more this year with the improvement he has made on the defensive side, getting more rebounds and attacking the rim. While the big 3 are on the full force (Lebron is letting his MVP-ness come out), our bench is on a roll too. We cannot deny that players like Shane Battier(great player on both sides of the court), Udonis Haslem (ultimate rebounder), Norris Cole (Wade in the making), Joel Anthony (the blocker) and of course Mario Chalmers have all become great assets to the team. Running the plays better and knowing when to hand the ball over to one of the big guys, they are the guys who provide all the little details in the game that result in great wins. Yes Lebron James and Dwyane Wade have an amazing energy when they are both playing good, it was evident today during the New York Knicks game. Keeping the defense and offense all through the game, if one didn’t make the shot, the other was right behind him dunking the ball. While we have always had this ongoing rivalry with the Knicks, the Heat manage to crush them today in a very classy way – no talk, all walk. There was so much hype circling the Knicks rookie point guard Jeremy Lin – they thought Lin plus Melo plus Stoudemire and they’re set. Wrong. Granted I will say that Amare Stoudemire made a sick block during the game but other than a couple of good shots from Smith – the Knicks are still lacking in defense. I think they have a long way to go before opposing any kind of real threat to the Heat.

Despite our great wins, the truth is – it’s all about the playoffs. Yet there is no doubt about it that the Heat’s game is getting better as the season is progressing by beating everyone of the last 8 teams with 12 points or more. We are number one on the East side and one of the few teams to have six players going to the All Star game in Orlando. I say we are doing pretty good and will continue our streak if we keep playing this way. It’s a good time to be a Heat fan – not to mention … great bragging rights.




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