Posts Tagged ‘mario chalmers

06
Nov
12

Miami Heat: Looking Good All Around

Last night’s game against the Phoenix Suns was a vast improvement compare to the previous two games where we lost and then just let it get too close. The Miami Heat defense looked a lot better last night and the golden boy of the night seem to be Mario Chalmers. We all know for a while that Erik Spoelstra has been molding Chalmers to reach his ultimate point guard potential. Well he showed that last night. When Chalmers is on point, we are sure to have a great game. With nine points, eleven assists and only one turnover (GO CHALMERS!), he helped the Heat achieve one of their highest scoring games so far this season.  Lebron, Wade and Bosh all scored in the double digits and towards the fourth quarter, they sat down most of the time. We even got to see rookie Terrel Harris get some playing time along with James Jones who is known for his clutch three point shot. Rashard Lewis is another great player that makes it harder for the Suns as well as other teams to penetrate the Big 3 since they need to get past him. Threats all around!

 

Even Norris Cole had his moment in the spotlight with that crazy three he hit at the end of the first quarter. Another rookie who def has earned his spot in the Miami Heat roster (I call him the mini- Wade in the making). Of course we cannot forget one of our Heat veterans, Udonis Haslem who was also in the double digits and had a great shooting night. Even though he is one of my all time favorites, he has his moments where his shot is weak but last night he was on point. Another great defender who I think that when he is on his A game the Heat are constantly getting the ball and scoring.

Last, but not least, and yes he is rapidly becoming my favorite (okay he already is) Ray Allen continues to make his mark with the Heat. If anyone knows anything about me is that I have NEVER for one minute liked the Celtics, but he was always that player I respected and made the exception for. Seeing him wear that Miami Heat jersey just makes me smile thinking “We got him”. Unlike Lebron, I will say Allen had a more positive welcome to the team both from fans and critics (some anyway).  He is contributing so much and blending right in with the team’s dynamic.

Suns lost one of their all time players Steve Nash and they are lacking a lot of depth –  just check out the highlights. If it’s any consolation to the fans,  word on the street is the Lakers are not looking too good. Our Miami Heat players did a great job with a solid lead and up to eight different players scoring triples. Can’t wait to check out next game!

 

P.S.  Embrace your right as an American citizen, get out and vote! 

 

29
Mar
12

In the Heat we trust …

Hello slump…  like they were saying in recent articles – maybe tonight’s game shouldn’t be so much about beating the Dallas Mavericks but more about getting their rhythmn back as a team. And okay beating the Mavericks.

This has happen before, or better yet all the time, when we lose a couple of games. The question of the Big 3 and how good they really are together rises. Erick Spoelstra’s coaching abilities and his lack of running effective rotations. Then we have our point guard issue with Mario Chalmers who has beenvery up and down lately. This means other players having to step up for him and his lacking of making shots. I do think we would have this cover if we are only focusing on three pointers – there is Mike Miller,  James Jones and Udonis Haslem. Problem here is that Mike Miller is injured, James Jones has little value in the defensive side other than his ocassional charges and Udonis Haslem has been lacking on the jumpshots due to playing with an injured rib (explains a lot). Then we got Shane Battier who seems to be the all around player but this only means he has to be on top of it at all times from here on out – let’s face it that’s not always the case. There have been games where I seriously think Spoelstra should have sat his ass down and put someone in the rotation who COULD make those 3 pointers. Anyways back to the roster then we have the issue of our centers. While we just added Ronny Turiaf as the third string center, there is still a lot to be seen whether he can make a difference. As for me the jury is still out with him and what value he can bring to the team as a center. Center has always been one of our problems even with players like Dexter Pittman and Joel Anthony who just don’t cover all the bases.

Ultimately while we need the bench to be at their best, we also need our three star players to be at their best. I can’t stress enough how much we need Chris Bosh to maintain consistency. Not only in making shots and rebounding but on the defensive side – use that big body for something. Then we have Wade whose strides on the court tend to have a short duration – one minute he is on fire and the next his game is mediocre. Then Lebron James. I can’t deny and won’t that he has upped his game to the tenth by taking such a strong position to make things happen in the game when we need him to get us some points. But this is when we need our coach to also come to play, apparently Lebron has been hurt and yet we continue to drain him on the court at moments where we could have sat him down. We need to use him when we need it most or even so if we are on a good streak, we need to be able to utilize other players’ strength and let them fill in. I think we have a whole roster full of talent not just one or two guys – it’s all about good rotations and smart strategies to make the team gel and work effectively.

I am not doubting our Miami Heat can pull it off. We got plenty of games to perfect our skills before the upcoming playoffs. It’s all about making a few minor yet necessary changes to the rotation and spreading the responsibility throughout the roster not just Lebron James. In the Heat we trust … for them to play better, for Spoelstra to coach wisely.

23
Mar
12

Miami Heat: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

I would say the game against the Philadelphia 76ers was the ugly… in a game where we had a thirty point lead for almost the whole first half the game and then come within a five point lead, there’s a problem. While I love my team, I will say this is one of the moments that showed consistency is a big problem for us. We cannot let our guard down especially with a team like 76ers that despite the disgusting lead we had on them in their own home court they never stopped playing hard. Either that or we got complacent and literally dropped the ball.

The game against the Phoenix Suns I would say is the bad. Even though we did beat the very talented old timers Steve Nash and Grant Hill, the game showed that when some of our key players like Wade are quiet, it shows. He really has gained the title of the closer – we depend on him a lot to take control and bring the W. Another very noticeable problem we may have here and there is rebounding. Getting those rebounds on both sides is key. It means we get the ball. It means that’s another possessions for us and another chance to get some points on the scoreboard. This is not just the job of the Big 3… this include players on our bench like Haslem and Battier. We also got a chance to see Dexter Pittman be in the starting line up with Joel Anthony sitting down due to an injury. Without him and Mike Miller, the whole bench has some shoes to fill in when it comes to defending (Anthony) and making those 3 point shots (Miller). The obvious player this year who has been getting more rebounds and making more shots in my eyes is definitely  Chris Bosh. The man said he knew he had to be more aggressive, that he had to get in the glass more and assume the position of being the center when need be and in my opinion he has. Maybe not to perfection but enough to save us in a couple of games (not speaking about the Bulls game). Again Lebron and Wade cannot do it alone. Like any player they will have off games too. Look at the Chicago Bulls, they annihilated us over there WITHOUT their star player. Still I must give credit where credit is due and that is that Lebron is learning to carry him team when it comes to the nitty gritty moments.

Game against Orlando Magic … the good. Showed that even though this team has been one of the few to beat us twice this season, we can still come back with them. Now the question is, do we only have an advantage when we are at home court?  I really hope not. It’s evident that ever since the All Star game we haven’t been playing the same. Is it that the Heat know they got the talent and are just pacing themselves? Ehhh wishful thinking. We got the Pistons tonight and then our biggest contenders from the West and noticeably one of the best teams right now… Oklahoma Thunder.

Let’s hope our Miami Heat has their defense on point and our offense ready to go.

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.

08
Feb
12

Heat: 3 in a row & on to the road…

Tic Tac Toe … three in a row. The Heat got their fire back after that pitiful loss with Milwaukee Bucks by holding a team meeting and getting their head back in the game. Whatever strategy, pep talk or just a “wake the eff up” moment they had to go through might have just worked. It started with a second game against the Philadelphia 76ers where let’s face it was Wade’s playground. Of course he had his best friend, Lebron, right behind him scoring 19 points but it was an amazing game for the captain of the Heat from start to finish.  The best part is that it was a great performance from both the defense and offensive side –  players like Chris Bosh, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole were on their A game.

Still and just because I do love my team … I think the game against the Toronto Raptors should have been a blow out.  Okay better yet that game should have served as a practice for what’s to come. If anything it was a reminder that in this season there is no letting your guard down… there was a point where the Raptors had a nice little run going. As a Heat fan this was frustrating to watch up close and personal because we seriously have an amazing team with a bench that has been efficient this year. We should be able to maintain a lead especially against the low ranking teams. Fortunately we got our stride back towards the last few minutes of the games. Thank God we didn’t have to deal with the Canadians taunting us… sorry but Raptor fans but you can only “Blame Canada”.

Game against Cavaliers… loved it. I mean that’s something we need to see more. Yes the first and second quarter was a little slow as far as the offense not putting enough points on the scoreboard but come second half it was like the Heat team erupted. The bench came alive and contributed to a great win. All the big 3 were showing why they are great together… Chris Bosh had a crazy “in your face” dunk, Lebron was taking it to the glass the whole time and I think Wade even had his like five thousand field goal. My favorite play had to be when Lebron fed an amazing alley-oop to none other than one of my favorite players, Udonis Haslem. UD is another one who has gotten a few critics on his back about missing his jumpshots but today he shut them up by showing he still has it. He was definitely on point the whole fourth quarter getting those rebounds and making those shots all while running on the court with his signature pose – chewing his mouthpiece (got to love our Miami boy). Best of all was that dunk by Wade, he went right through the three of the Cavaliers and went straight for the net. Seriously amazing.

On another note, seems like Harris is officially part of the Heat team being officially signed which I think will be an awesome addition to the defense (bye bye Gladness). It’s just a matter now of knowing which rotation to use. We have so many options… look at players like James Jones who is great with those jump shots and getting those charges but it has come to a point where I am sure Spoelstra just has no idea where to fit him in.

Whatever the case may be… we are about to have some tough on the road games coming up starting against the Orlando Magic which is bound to be a good one to bite our nails to.

08
Jan
12

A Statement Game

Our first game against the Atlanta Hawks was the first one we lost the whole season due to some sloppy plays but we definitely came back hard the second time we played them two days later. Due to Hawks players’ like McGrady, Johnson and Smith, we had the odds against us especially since our two star players Lebron and Wade were not in the game.

Four quarters and three overtimes later we were able to defeat the Hawks with the help of Bosh, Chalmers and the entire Heat bench. It was definitely the underdogs moment to shine and showed that they could step up to the game when the two superstars had to recover from minor injuries. Don’t get me wrong it was a nail biter all the way since we still are working out the kinks of diminishing the amount of turnovers we are getting per quarter. End of fourth quarter, Bosh tied the game and started one of the three overtimes that kept all Heat fans on edge. I know I tend to be hard on Mario Chalmers but something has lit up a fire in him to play not only better but somewhat smarter. I have a feeling it is the rookie Norris Cole who is a little bit of a threat to the young point guard. Whatever it may be, the boy was on fire. The Heat were able to prove that they are not the same team from last year who tended to depend on one player to run all the plays. It took the effort from all our players – Pittman, Haslem, Battier, Harris – to get the W against the Hawks.

7 – 1 …. On to the next W!




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