Posts Tagged ‘Norris Cole

14
Nov
12

Miami Heat: A Lucky Win

Last game was another close one against the Houston Rockets scoring 113-110.  This game was like going on a roller coaster ride, one minute we had a nice comfortable lead only for it to go down then back up between the 2nd and 4th quarter. It started out with Bosh on fire throughout the first quarter then going a little quiet during the third and finally having one of the best saves in the fourth. Wade miss an important free throw and Bosh got that pivotal rebound that made it a Heat ball.

The Miami Heat might have thought they had it in the bag during the 1st half where at one point we had a sixteen point lead, but that all went downhill (literally). James Harden and Chandler Parsons manage to change the tune by getting through the cracks in Miami’s defense. They caught up to the Heat’s 16 point lead at one point by not missing their lay-ups and most of all getting those rebounds with the help of Omer Asik. The game obviously changed rhythm from one minute to the next. It went from Haslem to Bosh working on guarding Harden. Our biggest problem the whole game again seems to be our defense. No other way around it. The Heat’s score was in trouble during end of second quarter and throughout the third quarter, could it have been Bosh going quiet during this time? It’s evident that he brings consistency and a great advantage to the team when he plays center. Still it wasn’t him. It was a group effort.

The Heat need to get more aggressive and work on using their rotations more effectively especially when matching up against opponents; there was a point in the third quarter when the ball was constantly being taken by Rockets with various unanswered shots. It is true that the man of the hour in this game was Lebron James. He might have been quiet during his first half but second half came around and the dragon woke up.  The man truly showed why he is MVP and one of our greatest assets.  With as much as thirty points in the second half, Lebron James saved their collective butts from a possible beat down from the Houston Rockets. That and the Heat getting extremely lucky with some of the Rockets blunders…. the Jeremy Lin airball? The Maurice Morris loose ball and foul? Their screw-ups and him turning up the Heat (in every sense) deviated the team from another possible loss.

If anything is clear from this game is that the Heat need to work on their perimeter defense. It was here where the Rockets manage to make most of their shots. I am pretty sure Spoelstra is working on bettering those rotations and  avoid these possible slip-ups for next game with the L.A. Clippers.

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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! 

 

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.




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