Posts Tagged ‘playoffs

12
Nov
12

Ups & Downs on the Road

The Miami Heat have hit the road again to face teams like the Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies. As far as being the most improved team, the Nets seem far from it. With a score of 103-73, the Miami Heat managed to squashed the Nets and send them back to the drawing board. I think the area of concern, if any, in this game was guarding the big body Chris Humphries (throughout the game we had Wade, Battier, Haslem and Lewis on him). Players like Battier with his three triples and Rashard Lewis playing more aggressive were able to show off their skills. Even Josh Harrellson (I only notice the other day we had another white boy) got some playing time.  Let’s just say that game spoke for itself.

Unfortunately due to another event I missed the Hawks game and only got updates through phone which was head to head all time, still they won that one 95-89. I think if the Miami Heat are noticing anything is that getting a ring makes them a threat. Teams will respond to threats. Brings me to the frustrating Memphis Grizzlies game which was hard to watch as a Heat fan.

The game against the Memphis Grizzlies was a slow start with the Heat never being able to get the lead to the point of losing it altogether. In my opinion, their defense was all off the entire game. Zack Randolph is a pretty wide guy and has noticeably upped his game since he started his NBA career. There’s no denying that Wayne Ellington and Mike Conely ( I think it was the game of his career) were on a roll the whole night, these men barely missed their shots. The Heat, on the other hand, struggled all night long offensively and defensively. Wade manage to make just eight shots while Lebron and Bosh were able to score in the double digits.  No one can forget (sadly) the unforgettable play of the game when Ray Allen thought he had made an effective steal only to have Jerryd Bayless toss it out of his hands, passing it on to Ellington to make an incredible shot. It was our second loss on the road and just like the New York Knicks, not a pretty one. The Memphis Grizzlies played as if they were already in the playoffs and our Miami Heat’s defense dwindled before them.

Still as I have learned it really is all about the playoffs, but the Miami Heat know what to expect now. Let’s hope their defense gets back on board tonight when we play Houston Rockets who just got Jeremy Lin and James Harden.

My sushi delivery is here and the game is on… ready to watch them take on the Rockets, Let’s go Heat!

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09
May
12

2012 Playoffs… We got this.

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written about my favorite boys in white but doesn’t mean I have stopped watching the games all the way until playoffs… PSSH I’m not known as the Heat girl for no reason! But it looks like the moment we have been waiting all short season long is here. No more trash talking. No more threats or promises of what is to come – it’s here. With the Heat playing Game 5 back in Miami against the New York Knicks, they have been able to show that they deserve to be in the 2012 playoffs despite their slumps. No one can deny that Lebron James has shown us that his Playoff hat is definitely on and the man has one main focus – a ring and opportunity to shut a lot of his past haters up. Granted we didn’t sweep the New York Knicks but let’s be real, they’re not really the team to be worried about. Seriously a player who in a critical time when his team needs him the most decides to punch a fire extinguisher and injure his hand? Only Amare Stoudemire. As if he isn’t injury prone enough, still I give the all around giant props for getting on the court on Game 4 and to his teammate Carmelo Anthony who despite losing three games in row was the only thing the New York Knicks team had going for them.  Let’s be real though.. that will not happen in our house. The Knicks win probably was due because towards the end they showed more passion and wanted to save face with their hometown, as to where the Heat got a little too complacent and slacked off. I am not worried about these series at all just want the Knicks done and over with so the boys in white can get ready for their next challenge… in words of the Brooklyn boy Jay-Z “on to the next one”.

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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