Sloppy play from the Miami Heat and aggressive defensive from the Milwaukee Bucks was the story tonight. Dwyane Wade, 24 points, 6 rebounds, and LeBron James, 26 points, 7 assists both had solid games and shot over 50%. The rest of the Heat players shot a dismal 12- 37 (32%). The Heat also committed 20 turnovers, 18 of which, were Milwaukee steals: Ball game.
The Larry Sanders Show
Here at the Heat blog, it isn't our business to ridicule other coaches, right? Wrong! Scott Skiles literally had me laughing out loud when he benched Larry Sanders to start the second half for no reason. The Heat relished to start the 3rd quarter with Sanders out and turned a 12 point deficit to a 7 point lead. Sanders checked in late in the 3rd and the Bucks turned a 7 point deficit to a 2 point game at the end of the 3rd and an eventual 19 point lead in the 4th.
Sanders finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks (+26) and the Heat as a team, really struggled to score when he was in the game. There were a couple one on one post possessions where Chris Bosh couldn't generate anything with Sanders guarding him.
All I'm saying is, he's leading the league in blocks and having a break out year, making less than $2 million this year and if the Heat had him, they'd likely break the Bulls regular season record of 72-10.
Monte Ellis is a comedian
Did you hear what he said before the game?
"I put myself right there with Dwyane Wade. Only thing separating us is more wins and two championships" - Monte Ellis said.
With Udonis Haslem out with a sore shoulder, Shane Battier got the start at power forward but was fairly quite on the night. For just the forth time this season, Josh Harrelson saw some playing time tonight but missed a plethora of open 3-pointers and even got a delay of game for trying to sneak a practice shot off after hitting the side of the backboard on a 3-point attempt. Ouch
Tough loss for the Heat, but hopefully they'll bounce back in their next game against the Orlando Magic.