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#1 Danny

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:11 AM

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The Miami HEAT fell 123-114 to the Golden State Warriors Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. Stephen Curry led the Warriors on a third quarter shooting barrage that was too much for the HEAT to overcome.

 
Impact Performance of the Night: There isn’t anyone quite like Stephen Curry in the NBA and he showed why tonight against the HEAT. Curry finished with 36 points, 12 assists and four steals to lead the Warriors to their second win at AmericanAirlines Arena in as many years. Curry started a remarkable 7-of-10 from three-point range, burying the HEAT during a third quarter flurry. Some of his shots were open, but most were contested by the HEAT. Curry hit one shot in particular during the third quarter that was particularly impressive. It almost looked like he was passing the ball, and yet, it found a way to go in. The HEAT and HEAT fans won’t forget a night like tonight. That was brilliance on display.
 
The Deciding Run: The Warriors wasted no time getting going in the second half. They held a four-point lead at the half and in just 4:21 of game action in the third quarter the lead was 14. During the Warriors’ 16-6 run, Stephen Curry went on a personal 10-4 run on the HEAT, knocking in a pair of threes in the process. For the rest of the night the HEAT were forced to play catch-up. They were able to close the lead to single digits in the fourth, but the avalanche of jumpers in the early third quarter were too much to overcome.
 
Play of the Game: There are a number to choose from, but Stephen Curry’s three with 2:57 left in the game was the dagger. The HEAT had worked their way back into the game and trailed by just six. It’s not an ideal situation to be in, but the HEAT have comeback from more in less time this season. Unfortunately, the Warriors found an open Curry in the left corner. The ball swung to Klay Thompson on the wing and Mario Chalmers was left with the impossible decision of leaving Thompson open for the three or challenging Thompson and leaving Curry. He chose to chase Thompson, the right call in that spot, and Thompson made the quick pass to Curry. Curry drilled the three and the HEAT were down nine. It was a breakdown that led to Chalmers being in that spot and he did what he could, but Thompson and Curry have been in that situation many times and they made the right play once again.
 
Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 112.2; Defensive Efficiency: 117.9
 
Trend to Watch: Tonight was the fourth time in the last six games that an opponent launched at least 26 three-pointers against Miami. It’s part of a high-variance strategy that is common for underdogs and it’s something the HEAT have become familiar with over the last few seasons. Last year the Knicks shot 44 threes in a game against Miami in the most extreme example of this strategy to date. Contrary to popular opinion, teams don’t have much control over three-point percentage. There’s little to no correlation from game to game or season to season, showing that once the ball is in the air, there defense has no control. What they do have some control over is the number of attempts. Teams are always going to want to shoot lots of threes against Miami, but the HEAT’s defense can keep that number down with solid rotations and close outs. Tonight, there were a handful of possessions where the Warriors got into the paint and found open shooters on the outside for open threes. Some of those can be avoided with better defense. Before the game the HEAT talked about limiting the Warriors three-point opportunities, but they were unable to. In a one game sample, it doesn’t mean much. But it’s been a trend over the last couple of weeks and it’s something the HEAT will look to clean up.
 
The Takeaway: Tonight’s loss was weird in a lot of ways. The HEAT missed an uncharacteristically high number of makeable shots at the rim. The issue popped up in transition, in the post and in simple pick-and-rolls. There’s no rhyme or reason for it, it’s just part of playing with a round ball and a round basket. The shapes leave open the possibilities of random bounces and tonight those bounces didn’t go the HEAT’s way. Also, the HEAT turned the ball over a lot against a Warriors team that doesn’t force many turnovers, ranking 21 in the NBA in forced turnover percentage. We saw HEAT players dribble the ball off their feet and throw passes to nobody in particular. There’s no real reason for these plays to happen all together on one night, but they did and as a result the HEAT were in a tough spot. Not helping their cause was the defense allowing the Warriors to get to the rim a fair amount. Additionally, the Warriors shot 24-of-44 from outside the paint, an absurd conversion rate. Taking everything into consideration, one wouldn’t have been surprised if the HEAT had been blown out. But that wasn’t the case as the HEAT found themselves down just four in the last five minutes. This isn’t a loss to dwell on, as so much of what happened was out of the ordinary.
 
Notes: LeBron James led the HEAT with 26 points, five rebounds and five assists. Dwyane Wade added 22 points and five assists. Chris Bosh scored 19 points. Mario Chalmers finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. James Jones and Greg Oden were inactive.
 
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:43 AM

damn please turn it up on the defensive end. heat beat themselves by their lack of effort and spoey's god picking ud over beasley. if you're doing that, you better come up with a trade for bynum!


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 07:52 AM

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  • Curry : He is a beast and beautiful to watch 
  • We lost only by 9 despite the FG of the Wariors because it could have been a blowout
  • Wade's healthy : it seems that his back was fine. He played well with the second unit in the second half. We were back on track

 

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  • SPO : he didnt have the guts to bench LeBron and to a degre Wade. To his defense, he doesnt have many options
  • LeBron : they should have ORDERED him --> DAY OFF. His turnovers : this is the area he has to improve the most !
  • Wade : could someone to stop gambling in every possession ? i mean Barnes really ? 
  • The bench : didnt bring that spark for once ! 
  • BEASLEY : my god ! I start to understand why SPo is making him earning every single minute to play : He simply doesnt have that fire, he played with no passion ! I mean come on B-EASY  !
  • Our defense ! OK Curry had a great game, he scored in every position contested or not but David Lee REALLY ? 32 points 
  • Shane Battier : He made his 3 (4/5) but you cant ask him every night to guard a power forward, tough match up for him

 

 

it's gonna be fun to watch ! Lets go Heat 

 

we always have a problem to defend the 3 point line, this is the perfect opponent to test our defense ! 

 

 

As i stated in the game thread, we have a lot of room to improve to cover the 3 point line 

 

I am sure it will be like last year, they beat us at home and we are going to beat them at their home


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 12:02 PM

Hats off to the Warriors, their shots was just falling man. MIAMI's perimeter defense is still rather weak, and they missed a ton of makeable shots. With the uncharacteristic turnovers by LEBRON, and the horrible free throw shooting by the team, MIAMI still had a chance to salvage the game; they just couldn't make enough plays down the stretch. Shake it off, learn from it, move on, and take it out on the Magic...TEAM HEAT since '88!



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 04:41 PM

sure, the defense hasn't been there lately, but when a team shoots that well sometimes there isn't much that can be done. 15 of 29 3s & they shot 79% in the 1st quarter. I agree with Danny that it was a weird loss,as I saw those lay-ups not dropping, I was thinking here is an opponent shooting extremely well & the Heat still can win this.GO HEAT.



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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:02 PM

The good news? No team will be able to duplicate that kind of offense against us consistently. The Warriors couldn't miss! Props to them, they came into our building and gave us a big loss.

 

Also, Wade is starting to find some confidence in his 3 ball. 2/2 last night. Not bad. Anyone else think that is noteworthy?


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:28 PM

 

Also, Wade is starting to find some confidence in his 3 ball. 2/2 last night. Not bad. Anyone else think that is noteworthy?

 

Since it's you Scar : here are the 2 3 made by Wade ! 

 

 

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:37 PM

High scoring game, this game was up to grab but due to high shooting per. from the warriors and a not characteristic defense ,especially than when we usually turn it up and lock them down to close out game we came up short.Still a pretty good game we play thought, looking at these stats offensively we get it going, just need to get everybody involved next game.

 

Next up right, better efficiency and effort on Defense no doubt will be part of that game.

 

 


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:40 PM

Next game is against the Magic not the nuggets  ;)


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:40 PM

lol Someone thinking about the mile high city a little too much eh?

 

I wish Bosh had stayed hot in the 2nd half. It would have helped our chances.

 

But yeah, hopefully Wade keeps gaining confidence with his 3 ball. That could be one of the bigger significant abilities that helps us in the long run.


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:43 PM

lol Someone thinking about the mile high city a little too much eh?

 

I wish Bosh had stayed hot in the 2nd half. It would have helped our chances.

 

But yeah, hopefully Wade keeps gaining confidence with his 3 ball. That could be one of the bigger significant abilities that helps us in the long run.

 

 

i just hope he wont fall in love with it like J-Smooth ^^  His game is too slash to the rim and play off the ball, this is the way he is the most efficient 


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:50 PM

Well, I think we all can agree that if Wade is shooting 15 three-pointers in one game, it's not a winning formula. lol I just want to see him regain his confidence in his long ball. Maybe shoot around 33-35% from distance to give him an extra dimension to his game that has been missing since like 2010.


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:52 PM

Coming in to next game, we have to make sure to get our transition game going with more energy, a notch quicker last night would have been a major factor in this game and along be more effective; those point blank shots has to be convert as well as our ft, (take it to the rim with authority) every point matters especially when the opponents are shooting at such a high level, counting that would have made the difference on the scorers board..

 

But still enthusiastic for upcoming events, in all this team is rolling and getting better all along, feels/looks like we about to take it to a another level, keep working up guys, we balling.


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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:03 PM

How can the ref miss that call ? By the way nice play Rio for once

 

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 04:03 AM

 

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If he keeps this up, he'll contribute to his king's 10 apg career high!


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Posted 04 January 2014 - 04:07 AM

sure, the defense hasn't been there lately, but when a team shoots that well sometimes there isn't much that can be done. 15 of 29 3s & they shot 79% in the 1st quarter. I agree with Danny that it was a weird loss,as I saw those lay-ups not dropping, I was thinking here is an opponent shooting extremely well & the Heat still can win this.GO HEAT.

 

hmm... when was the last time the heat beat an opponent who just dropped 17, 3's on us... IT WAS KING JAMES SAVING HIS HEATLES IN THE 4TH! CLUTCH! and wade didn't play!


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Posted 04 January 2014 - 07:58 PM

Here's that quick wade/lbj alley oop early in the game

 


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Posted 12 January 2014 - 09:23 PM

hmm... when was the last time the heat beat an opponent who just dropped 17, 3's on us... IT WAS KING JAMES SAVING HIS HEATLES IN THE 4TH! CLUTCH! and wade didn't play!

Seriously *** is wrong with Wade I realize he looks like a dirtbag, but letting your team down just compounds the issue don't drag the whole team down with you for cheating on Gabby.


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