It was as ugly a Heat game as I can remember. Their defense…not there. Effort…not there. And after Udonis was ejected 3:03 into the game, both of our starting forwards were not there as Shawn Marion sat out again due to his injured groin. The Heat just looked lost tonight on both ends of the floor, and its this kind of game that reminds us that the Heat are still a work in progress. That being said, they are still a great team in the East and should be right there in the race for the 4-seed, and the fact that 3 of their best players (Cook, Beasley, Chalmers) are still just entering the league, the future in Miami is brighter then Burnie’s hair.KEY TO VICTORY You can give a nod to Mike Dunleavy and his 30 points, or the fact that the Pacers shot 15-of-31 from beyond the arc. The 66 points given up in the 1st half was a bit of a shock to me, but that will happen when you aren’t at full strength. Missing Marion can be overcome, but with Udonis getting tossed and with Chalmers getting into foul trouble prompting the entry of Chris Quinn only hurts your defense even more. THINGS TO CONSIDER Daequan was off tonight, starting the game 0-for-6. I guess it is now unacceptable for Cook to score only 11 points and hit only 2 three’s. Mark Blount entered the game and provided instant offense, even hitting a couple three’s. However, its his lack of D that costs the Heat when Blount is in the game. Opposition attacks the paint mercilessly, causing the Heat to hack and foul, which is exactly what happened last night. The Pacers shot 24 foul shots in the 1st half. Michael Beasley came in for Haslem and it seemed he would have a great night, hitting back-to-back 3’s for
The Heat are going to have a real quick opportunity to erase Friday’s poor effort because the Mavs are coming to town for an 06 Finals re-match.
|2008 - Dirk Nowitzki||25.7||8.4||2.3|
|2008 - Jason Terry||20.3||2.4||3.7|
KEY TO VICTORYPLAY BETTER THEN LAST NIGHT!!
IN THE STANDINGS
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