Before we get into the seemingly endless, meandering event that is a Miami Heat playoff victory, let’s get one thing out of the way first.
Chris Bosh shot 2-for-8 on uncontested field-goal attempts
After a feverish rush wanting to get to the postseason, Chris Bosh’s Game 1 was forgettable, with the exception of a pair of three-pointers and a late block on Kemba Walker. He was 4-for-13 overall, was not looking for his shot, and didn’t take as much advantage of Al Jefferson’s injury as he should have.
Expect the Heat to take note of that injury to Jefferson in future games this series. Bosh’s advantage of already being faster than Jefferson has grown exponentially, with Al being limited by a foot injury he suffered in the first quarter of Miami’s 99-88 win.
Bosh will likely be more aggressive in Game 2, but should also have the benefit of not shooting 25 percent on uncontested shots.
Dwyane Wade shot 6-for-8 on contested field-goal attempts
While Bosh struggled with his shot, Dwyane Wade was automatic with his. After sporadically missing 28 games this season, Wade had the look of a player capable of leading his team to a championship, as the team’s number two guy of course.
He limited Gerald Henderson to six points on nine shots, while shooting 4-for-9 on jumpers beyond ten feet himself. He even hit a rare stepback three-pointer to exacerbate Charlotte’s deficit to 15 points midway through the fourth. He was everything you wanted him to be, if you were a Heat fan/coach/teammate, finishing with 23 points on 16 shots.
With Jefferson being injured, and losing whatever agility he had, Wade, and the rest of the Heat, should be able to feast on Charlotte’s weakened interior.
As for Charlotte, when it came to their percentage on contested shots, Kemba Walker struggled on 1-for-6 shooting, but did get 5-for-11 shooting from Gary Neal, and 3-for-4 shooting from Josh McRoberts.
Al Jefferson allowed 67% shooting at the rim
Although the Heat were outscored 38-34 in the paint by Charlotte, they found a great deal of success when they were able to penetrate the Bobcats’ top ten defense.
The Heat shot 6-for-9 at the rim when Jefferson was on the floor, but he was hardly any worse than his teammates. Josh McRoberts held the Heat to 60% shooting, but Bismack Biyombo allowed the Heat to make both of their field-goal attempts at the rim.
Charlotte’s defense caused initial frustration for the Heat, with Miami scoring only 19 points in the entire first quarter, but it tapered off once the Bobcats had to go their bench. Watching Chris Douglas-Roberts attempt to guard LeBron James was cringe-worthy bad at some points, and Wade abusing Gary Neal and Gerald Henderson in the post was child’s play.
Miami ended up with a significant advantage in the free throw attempts department because of Charlotte’s interior defense, and their incapability of providing the defense with a fortified second line.
Not even Game 1 of the 2014 playoffs, the game we thought the Miami Heat had been waiting for all year, could wake the team up from their regular season malaise.
I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong. So when I decided to take a look at my record predictions for the 2013-14 season, I knew I’d end up way off on a few.
Now that I look at them, though, they’re not that bad. My prediction is the record I predicted, while the second record is how they actually finished. The number next to those records is how far off I was. Continue reading
It was as typical a game between the Miami Heat and New York Knicks as you would imagine.
The Heat need a few minutes to wake up. The Knicks come out firing, and continue to do so for the rest of the game. The Heat play with effort for five minutes and almost look they’re going to run away from it. The Heat relent. The game is close for the next 20 minutes.
In the end, it’s usually a Knicks’ player making an unsubstantial amount of threes, but not enough because of too much LeBron James.
With less than two weeks remaining until the end of the regular season, I thought it would be wise to check out the remaining schedules of a few teams.
You know, I was just thinking about how long it’s been since we were treated with the full LeBron James experience.
Not since his dunk over Paul Millsap have we seen LeBron put someone on his highlight reel this convincingly. Nearing the end of the first quarter in the Miami Heat’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Ekpe Udoh made one of the greatest mistakes of his NBA career.
With LeBron given an open lane, because only the Bucks would give him an open lane, he took full advantage, driving and lifting off near the dotted-line. Udoh, meanwhile, thought it would be wise to get in the middle of this, despite having been on the other end of a LeBron dunk already.
James went through Udoh like he was an apparition, and threw down arguably his best dunk of the year.
At least his best dunk of the year at the moment, because, a quarter later, he’d top himself with a slam that would have won the past five dunk contests.
Once again, the Milwaukee Bucks, who rank 29th in defensive efficiency, gave LeBron James a wide-open lane. This time around, however, the Bucks knew better, and allowed LeBron to do what he pleased.
No wonder the rest of the league’s fanbases despise Miami’s. Heat fans get the LeBron dunk contest that every fan of the game has been asking for since 2003. #blessed.