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Turnovers doom Heat to early 1st round exit despite Dwyane Wade's amazingness

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Some will say they saw this coming.  Some will be really upset about missed opportunities and poor performances.  However you look at it, the 2009-10 season is over for the Miami Heat.  They gave it a good run, but in the end they just couldn't get anybody but Dwyane Wade to step up every game and play well.  There are going to be a lot of changes to this roster in the next few months.  For now, we've got one final game recap to get through...

A really good sign came on the Heat's first possession when Jermaine O'Neal hit his first jumper of the game...and maybe of the series.  Meanwhile, Boston started the game very hot from the field, hitting 4 of their first 5 shots.  The Heat kept pace by capitalizing on 4 early Celtics turnovers, leading to 6 Miami points.  Both starting point guards began perfect from the field, with Rondo going 4-for-4 and Arroyo 3-for-3. 

Boston went on a 7-0 run late in the quarter that put them up by 6.  During that run, Michael Beasley did yet another thing that really pissed me off.  He missed a layup and just stood there while Boston grabbed the rebound and ran the floor, scoring an easy bucket.  Call it immaturity, ignorance, stupidity, whatever...but the more I watch him play the more I don't like what I see.

The Celtics closed the 1st quarter on a 13-4 run during which the Heat turned the ball over 3 times.  It also helped that Boston shot 67% during the quarter.  Early in the second it was the Heat draft class of 08 (Beasley and Chalmers) with the only 4 turnovers for Miami.  Both of Chalmers giveaways were on stupid bounce passes in the paint.  That caused coach Spo to bring in D-Wade less then 2 minutes into the 2nd quarter, much earlier then usual. 

Jermaine's early J wasn't as good of a sign as I'd hoped; he missed his next four non-dunk shots...par for the course in this series.  Mid-way through the 2nd the Heat missed 6 straight shots, something that just cannot happen when you are trailing on the road, let alone in the Playoffs.   Boston's defense was suffocating Miami, and it seemed that the Heat were beginning to wilt. 

Miami briefly trimmed the Celtics lead to 6 with under a minute left, but they couldn't capitalize on back-to-back scoring opportunities.  Instead they turned the ball over twice in the last 40 seconds and went into the half down by 10.  Jermaine O'Neal broke an 0-for-9 2nd half streak (in the whole series...how sad is that) with an early dunk, but it was Boston that came out with guns-a-blazing in the 3rd quarter, quickly expanding their lead to 15. 

Things would only get worse for the Heat because Ray Allen began to get hot, hitting 3 triples in the quarter that pumped the Celtics lead up to 19.  A pair of Mario Chalmers 3-pointers got the Heat going a bit, as did J-O drawing a charge on Kendrick Perkins.  D-Wade drilled a pair of treys, capping a 16-2 run for Miami that got the deficit down to 7 late in the 3rd quarter. 

The Heat went from down 21 halfway through the quarter to being down by just 6, closing the 3rd on a 19-4 run.  The 2-3 zone which had been working so well for Miami was keeping Boston from getting anything consistent going offensively, but the Heat were going to have to keep finding ways to score if they wanted to complete this epic comeback. 

Unfortunately the Celtics figured out how to score again, and you could tell the Heat was pressing.  Lots of poor offensive possessions lead to the C's re-taking a double-digit lead with under 6 minutes left in the series.  Miami made one final run, trying desperately to get back in the game in the final two minutes, but missed shots and stupid turnovers kept the Heat from getting back in. 

There are a few angles to go with this part of the blog, and I've tried a few different things...but its just going to have to end.  We'll touch on Wade NOT leaving and Beasley's benching and all that other stuff in the coming days.  For now, I'm just going to wrap this blog up and call it a night.

GAME NOTES

  • Mario Chalmers had one good quarter and three bad ones.  His careless bounce passes that turn into turnovers are very upsetting.  His 20 points off the bench were huge and he has a nice upside, just has to work on his fundamentals. 
  • Dwyane Wade averaged 33 points/game and shot just under 60% for the series.   He was 2 rebounds shy of a triple double in Game 5, finishing with 31 points, 8 boards, 10 assists, 2 blocks and a steal.  He also had 7 turnovers, a category that he led the NBA in during the playoffs.
  • Ray Allen was definitely the hero for Boston.  Doc Rivers gamble to keep Allen in the game after he was called for his 5th foul with about 10 minutes left definitely paid off.  He hit 5-of-6 from downtown in Game 5 and was a Heat killer all series. 
  • And how about that Michael Beasley?  He played 14 first half minutes, going 0-for-3 from the field with 3 rebounds and 3 turnovers.  That would be it for Beas as he would finish his season on the bench, not playing a second of the 3rd and 4th quarters.
  • Miami put up 20 triples, making just 5.  Boston shot just 12 three pointers but made 7.  How badly does Miami need to find a shooter to play along side D-Wade?
  • Boston had 4 starters score in double figures, the Heat had just 1.  A team full of expiring contracts had players choking during the Playoffs, as nobody but Dwyane Wade was consistently productive. 
  • Boston scored 21 points off of 20 Heat turnovers. 

Well folks, the season may be over but that just means there are a lot of good things coming for Heat fans.  There is going to be a lot of speculation between now and July 1st, but one way or another its all good things coming for Miami.  Try not to get too down about this Playoff series.  Yeah, its quite disappointing to win just one game...but none of this is going to matter a year from now when the Heat should be favorites to content for an NBA title.