Remember back in 2006 when a serious ass kicking by Dallas snapped things into place for that Heat team? Maybe the 39-point loss in Charlotte will act as a similar catalyst for this version of the Miami Heat. They are looking at this season as two halves; the first half didn't go so well but they are off to a great 2-0 start to the second half. I could care less that the games were against two below average teams. Miami played plenty of those kinds of teams in the first half of the season and didn't have any kind of consistent success. I'll take this all day, everyday.
It took the Heat a little longer to get going then I thought it would, but I imagine being down 8-4 was a bit of a wake up call. Miami responded with a 12-2 run thanks mostly to D-Wade and J-O. They weren't done there, pushing harder and turning it into a 22-6 stretch. Wade closed the 1st quarter with an awesome sequence; he grabbed an offensive rebound and slammed it home while drawing a foul. He hit the free throw, then blocked Sacramento's last ditch shot effort as the buzzer went off.
Unfortunately the Heat bench couldn't sustain the same energy that the starting unit could, allowing a 17-7 run by the Kings that got them within 2. At that point Erik Spoelstra called a timeout, which proved to be very wise. Miami rattled off a 13-2 run that kept the lead big for when the starters returned. Similar to the 1st quarter, the Heat kept their foot on the pedal as the run reached 26-6. Wade was scoring like crazy and Beasley was gobbling up rebounds left and right.
For the 3rd time in 6 games the Heat scored 60+ in the 1st half, shooting 57%. They took a 20-point lead into the half, well on their way to back-to-back blowouts. The Kings likely deserve a pass the same way the Heat sorta got one when they lost the last game of their 6-game road trip.
The Heat were pretty dominant in the 2nd half. Rafer Alston continued to gel with his teammates and some very pretty passing plays resulted. He didn't get any assists but it's evident that he is making this offense much more fluid. Wade was a beast, and he is slowly starting to get back into that groove he seemed to be in every night last season when he led the NBA in scoring. He also had a SICK block on Spencer Hawes at the end of the 3rd quarter, his 3rd of the game.
"The only game I can think about is the Charlotte game. We bounced back and won two in a row, two games we were supposed to win. That game (in Charlotte) does wake you up."
What do you think the chances are of him being named Eastern Conference Player of the Week? 26.8 points on 59% shooting to go with 5.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in the 4 games.
- Michael Beasley is becoming a rebounding beast. He had 9 in the 1st half to go with 11 points, and it didn't take for him to turn that into a double double, his 8th of the year. He finished with 21 and 13.
- Dorell Wright had 10 points in the 2nd quarter, including a pair of triples.
- This was the 9th game this year that the Heat have held a lead of 20 or more points.
- In 6 garbage minutes Carlos Arroyo made all 3 of his shots and was very impressive. James Jones made 1-of-3 and Daequan Cook was again held out due to a sprained left ankle.
- Udonis Haslem scored 8 of his 14 points in the 4th quarter. His shooting has been off lately, but the effort is there every night. He also came down with 5 rebounds but led the Heat with 3 turnovers.
- Miami finished their 4 games in 5 nights with a record of 3-1. Miami won the 3 games by an average of 28.3 points.
The Heat shot 56%, went 6-of-14 from beyond the arc and won by 31. That's two wins in two days by a total of 55 points. Not too shabby for a team that, regardless of who they played, couldn't seem to string a couple of good games together. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, but in the meantime lets just enjoy the ride. While I'd love to pump you full of cheer, we've seen this before.