Posts Tagged ‘Udonis Haslem

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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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!

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! 

 

30
Oct
12

The Heat is back … for another ring.

Today marks the official day for the Miami Heat to once again start paving their road towards another Championship. Who better than to start off the season with than one of our favorite rivals, the Boston Celtics? I have to admit, knowing that we have Ray Allen who forever was one of their star athletes on our side brings a smile to my face. Of course this game has huge ratings marked all over it, but for both teams it means a lot more. No matter how much they want to say that ‘Jesus Shuttleworth’ had his run – it stung them.

 

This season isn’t all about just getting the ring again (okay so it is) but utilizing each of our players to their best abilities.  With additions like Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis playing Forward and Point Guard (we’ll see), the team has to come up with great plays to create more scoring opportunities. I think our talent has increased and more positions are looking to actually be filled. Before it was constantly the question of where to put Bosh…  leave him at Center or move him around? In addition, while the roster is looking like Wade, Lebron, Bosh, Allen, Chalmers and possibly Battier or Lewis? It will be interesting to see how Erik Spoelstra develops these players into the variety of positiosn they can play – it all depends who is going to be the most beneficial. Although Haslem is again suffering a bit with injuries, he will get his playing time while alternating with Bosh in the Center / Power Forward position. Chalmer finally becomes the true PG he has been working towards since joining the Heat (I’ll admit he had played hard for it) leaving Wade, Lebron and possibly Battier switching off between Small Forward / Power Guard / Small Guard. There are a plethora of possibilities.

Now it’s really becoming a more strategic game with other teams getting new, young players as well as beneficial trades ( How bout them Lakers?). Still if the Miami Heat are good at anything is not being fazed by outside rumors, even the whole ‘Miami Repeat” one doesn’t get to them. They know and it is completely true that the game belongs to the team playing the hardest.

I am so excited for tonight’s game and not to mention basketball season. I am not exactly a Sunday Night Football kind of girl so knowing the Heat are back is already making Fall my favorite season all over again. Let’s have a great basketball season, let the trash talking begin among frenemies and most of all – LET’S GO HEAT!

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.

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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