This is not what Heat fans expected. Miami had been dominant throughout the entire postseason, and most expected the Heat to continue that trend this afternoon.
It didn't happen.
From the tip Indiana was the better team, attacking the basket with aggression and dominating inside the paint. Miami had no answer to Indiana's three point attempts either and thus found themselves in an uphill battle for the entirety of the game. Despite at times looking as if they were going to pull back, Miami was shut down constantly.
- Dwyane Wade appears extremely healthy, as he went for 27 points and resembled his past explosive self at times.
- LeBron James was also a huge factor for the Heat putting up 25 points.
- Birdman full embraced the Center role, battling Roy Hibbert to the best of his ability putting up 14 points and 2 blocks.
- Despite being unable to defend Ray Allen also chipped in with 12 points and was our only factor from downtown.
- Miami's transition game is still very good, even if botched passes through us off at times.
- Turnovers. The Heat had eleven turnovers, many that resulted in Indiana baskets and cost us down the line.
- Fouls. Miami had way too many fouls (some which I believe came from home court advantage) however can be justified if analyzed with a microscope. To put it simply, if your opponent is in bonus with 7 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter you're doing something wrong.
- Chris Bosh couldn't buy a three pointer despite shooting 49% from three all season. He was 0-5 and totally threw off Miami's rhythm which is why he saw a lot of bench.
- Coach Spoelstra's rotation. Starting Shane over Udonis was not the right move, and having Oden inactive was also a poor decision. Oden was brought in to stop Hibbert, game one would have been the perfect time to see if that is an actual possibility.
- Rebounding. Miami was out-rebounded 38 to 29 demonstrating once again that a bigger presence is necessary against Indiana.
- Mario Chalmers' flagrant foul on CJ Watson. 'Rio you can't do that ever, that's uncool.
- Fouls. At one point in the game Roy Hibbert had taken more free throws than the entire Heat squadron. I'm all for calling fouls, but if a player is barely grazed by an opponent they don't deserve free throws.