Posts Tagged ‘wins

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!

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.

15
Mar
12

The Heat have been BULLied.. Slump Continues

[[Disclaimer: I am a huge Heat fan. The following is tough love.]]

Forgive my pun but what kind of BULLsh** game was that? There is no way around this but to admit the Heat played a horrible game against the Chicago Bulls. It felt like a continuation from yesterday’s game with the Orlando Magic. Not only did the Chicago Bulls maintain a ten point plus lead throughout the game but there was no Derrick Rose on the court. That was allll the Bulls bench putting their best effort forward and not to mention – John Lucas. It had to be the best game of his career and possibly the one to put him out there as the Bulls’ leader while Rose sat down.

Throughout the whole game all the points coming from the Heat were either shot by Lebron James or Dwyane Wade. While it’s evident that these two are superstars, you can’t beat teams like the Bulls with just two men shooting the ball. Our defense was mediocre and our offense was nonexistent. The offensive side had to be one of our weakest points … the team was just not there. Even Chris Bosh had a horrible night barely making any points or  getting rebounds for that matter.

Something else the Chicago Bulls got other than a well deserved win? Confidence. If they ever had any doubt or thought that they needed their main man Rose to beat a team like the Miami Heat, after last night’s game that last speck of intimidation is gone. They have it in their heads and apparently on the scoreboard the belief AND proof that they have a chance at the championship. And that is pretty bad. If the Heat don’t wake up from this offensive slump they are in, it will continue to get worse. The next game against the Philadelphia 76ers won’t be any easier – this team is known for its great defensive skills. If the Heat want to regain their dignity and I don’t just mean in the last 40 seconds of the game, they are going to have to maintain a strong defense and an effective offense , most of all they need to be CONSISTENT. That whole strategy of “we’ll catch up in the second half” doesn’t work with every team. Clearly. With teams like the Bulls, who had great players like Boozer, Brewer, Gibson, Lucas and Korver going full force the whole four quarters, the Heat need to remember they don’t have the ring yet. Yes Wade and Lebron are awesome but they are not the whole team. Bosh was missing in action but we all know he tends to have some problems against the Bulls when it comes to guarding the big boys. What about all the other guys? It was like hearing crickets from the Heat bench. There was no response. Useless possessions. Barely any free throws and again more hopeless attempts at 3s.

The NBA trade is suppose to come to an end and there is of course rumors that Pat Riley still has another trick up his sleeve. At this point, unless you are getting Michael Jordan himself, the Heat need to shape up with the players they have on their roster and get their heads back in the game. It IS all about the Playoffs but they need to remind the critics (and we have plenty of those rooting against our team) why we are one of the best teams in the league.

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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