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2012 NBA Playoffs Round 1 Miami Heat – New York Knicks Game 4 Observations

May 8, 2012

2012 NBA Playoffs Round 1 Miami Heat – New York Knicks Game 4 Observations

Why is it- no, HOW, is it an either-or proposition with Lebron James and Dwayne Wade, as it so often is, at the end of Game 4? Run a pick-and-roll, involve everybody. It sometime seems as if Spoelstra, or somebody, thinks running a play for LBJ and/or Wade is mutually exclusive

Joel Anthony was on the court for way too long.

Ronny Turiaf better be seriously hurt.

Too many iso plays, too many early in the shot-clock shots, including a few in a row by Chalmers over a stretch in the second half. Please, no hero shots folks. DO THE Heat realize how good they are when everybody’s involved? The ball is moving, pick-and-rolls with the Big Three around the painted area? It’s classic. Ride it.

To all those critical of the Heat, the coaching decisions, the refs, First of all I don’t doubt that the NBA wants another New York game, it probably is good for economy. But the fact of the matter is it’s not like the Heat were blowing them out by 20. Nobody can force ‘Melo to put the ball in the hoop repeatedly. I mean he had 40+ and shot over 50%, the man blew up. It just goes to show it’s never easy to win an NBA game. The Charlotte Bobcats won 9 NBA games; everybody in this league can play, and our opponent is a decent team.

Obviously the crowd was a huge factor. They’re hungry, and those guys haven’t won in a long time, with all the pressure of the biggest stage in NYC. On the other hand, on our side, one can see how it could be difficult to maintain and match the same hunger, intensity, and urgency over guys who’ve accumulated so much playoff humiliation the last 10 years after three seemingly easy victories.

A mid-game tribute to fallen Beastie Boy Adam Yaucht surely added to the emotions.

Our opponent clearly fed off the vibes, otherwise how did Mike Bibby hit that 3-pointer all on his own late in the game? How many threes did he miss for us up through the NBA Finals last year? Ugh, that reminds me another classic Heat error, the unfortunate and premature release of Carlos Arroyo, which I promise I won’t mention again, because I really need to get over it.

As far as the whole Lebron James/ Battier who should be guarding ‘Melo  debate, all that matters is that Carmelo Anthony considers Shane Battier to be his preferred defender, of the two. The Heat are feeding into a whole dichotomy in ‘Melo’s head over what he can handle. Lebron is that good. ‘Melo is that good at scoring. Now, Shane is usually a great defender, I don’t mind having him on Anthony through certain stretches of the game, to keep Lebron optimal, but the last two minutes? You have to have all your best options out there with the game on the line.

Lebron wouldn’t have gotten that foul call, but then again, who should have with less than two minutes to go in the game?

Maybe it’s because we grew up watching basketball in the 90s, but we’re of the opinion they should have to draw blood to call a foul on a pivotal shot during the final stretch of playoff game. Incredible.

Mike Miller was as cold as can be, along with Batter. Someone who can hit open threes, paging, someone…Much love for these guys, but gotta hit it.

Speaking of gotta hit it: Foul Shots. 11 Missed Foul Shots. Forget the conspiracies, that’s the game right there, folks.

The New York Rangers were still riding the wave of Heat Mojo we left behind on their way to a victory Monday night in Madison Square Garden…


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