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ReHeat: Miami Heat lose tough one at Memphis on Rudy buzzer-beater 97-95

  • The Heat played catch-up to the Memphis Grizzlies the entire game but could not string together a few baskets when it needed them the most, whenever they led. It seemed that just about every time the Heat went ahead by a point or two, the Grizzlies answered back with a basket of their one. That also applied to the final seconds of the game courtesy of Rudy Gay's acrobatic jumper over the outstretched hands of LeBron James. Quite frankly, this game had all the makings of an overtime game and the finality of the buzzer-beating shot was abrupt.
  • As happened many times during his short tenure as a head coach, Erik Spoelstra couldn't win a close game and failed to adjust to the Grizzlies dominance inside. Can it be chalked up to roster limitations, bad luck or is he ultimately to blame?
  • Dwyane Wade was a late scratch from the line-up due an injury to his wrist from a nasty fall in the last game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Wade was also battling flu symptoms and was almost held out of that game.
  • Chris Bosh had his moments on his way to 20 points and 10 rebounds but ultimately was no match inside for Zach Randolph. With Udonis Haslem going down with what has been optimistically reported as just an ankle sprain, the Heat's already small frontcourt gave up way too many offensive fouls for easy buckets. Memphis had 46 points in the paint compared to 34 points for Miami. The Grizzlies also out-rebounded the Heat 47-32 and outscored them 23-7 on second chance points.
  • Zydrunas Ilgauskas' shot was a bit off but did all he could in extended minutes with 6 points and 10 rebounds. Juwan Howard also gave quality minutes when called upon after Haslem went down. After fumbling around with the straps on his new face mask (needed because of a broken nose) while entering the game, he simply threw them to the side as a free throw was about to be attempted. After a timeout the mask was finally installed only for it to magically disappear again into thin air.
  • Did you even notice during the game that Joel Anthony was a DNP - Coach's Decision?
  • At the moment, it sure looks like Michael Beasley was correctly drafted ahead of OJ Mayo. Just saying
  • The Heat guards all picked up their games in Wade's absence, especially Eddie House with 6-9 three point shooting on his way to 20 points. Carlos Arroyo also had a solid game yet Mario Chalmers was called upon in crunch time and actually acquitted himself quite well. You won't find much in the box score but he was active on defense and spread the floor well without committing any turnovers. His only basket of the game was a beautiful reverse without using glass.
  • The reality that every NBA team will bring their A game against the Heat will make most games tougher then they would appear to be on paper and is making for some great entertainment. The Heat even without Wade should still win these games. Zach Randolph, Mike Conley, Darrell Arthur and Rudy Gay all stepped up and took on the challenge.
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