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#1 Joe B.

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 08:47 AM

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The Miami HEAT defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 116-112 Wednesday night at the Staples Center. The HEAT used an early push to grab a commanding lead in the first half, one that they never relinquished.

Impact Performance of the Night: LeBron James collects near triple-doubles at a rate unlike anyone else in the league. Tonight, he fell just two rebounds shy of the mark, finishing with a spectacular 31 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds, three steals and a vicious chasedown block. James was electric in the early going, delivering pinpoint passes to HEAT cutters. He also threw down a couple of highlight-reel dunks, including one where his head was, at the very least, on the same level as the rim. It wasn’t the only absurd rim assault from James, who finished a halfcourt alley-oop from Dwyane Wade. James was forced to defend Clippers bigs for much of the night and more than held his own on that end. He was able to disrupt early pick-and-rolls with DeAndre Jordan and then later was key in keeping Blake Griffin away from the rim. He was everywhere for the HEAT and played a key part in the HEAT getting their first win on the road against the Clippers since 2007.

The Deciding Run: The HEAT opened the game with great offensive and defensive execution. Through the first 14:16 of the game, the HEAT outscored the Clippers 43-24, taking a commanding 19-point lead. The HEAT were generating all kinds of open looks at the rim through spacing, cutting and ball movement. On numerous possessions, the HEAT made the late, extra pass to turn a good look into a great one. It may have been Miami’s best sustained stretch of offensive basketball all season. The Clippers were able to claw back into the game and make things interesting at a few different points, but they were never able to tie the game or take the lead. The work that the HEAT did early helped ensure the victory.

Play of the Game: Ray Allen hitting corner threes in big spots is becoming routine for the HEAT. He did it a couple of times from the left corner early last season and then hit one of the biggest shots in NBA history in Game 6 of the NBA Finals from the right corner. He went back to the left side tonight to hit the biggest shot in the HEAT’s win. After the Clippers cut the HEAT lead to two for the first time since the first quarter, Miami called a timeout to draw up an offensive set. Dwyane Wade took possession at the top of the floor and the HEAT ran the clock down until they were ready to make their move. Allen came across the floor, right to left, using a pick from LeBron James at the left wing. As Allen shaded to the corner, Wade drove hard into the paint. Jamal Crawford, who was defending Allen in the corner, crashed down to help on Wade’s drive. Once Wade felt the help, he kicked the ball out to Allen. He took care of things from there.

Efficiency Ratings: Offensive Efficiency: 119.0; Defensive Efficiency: 108.2

Trend to Watch: The HEAT tallied a season-high 33 assists in the win over the Clippers, 15 of which came in the first quarter. Assists very often don’t correlate to strong offensive performance, but for the HEAT it’s generally a good sign. The team’s early ball-movement was basically perfect. Everyone moved the ball well and, as a result, dominated at the rim and from beyond the arc. The offense was crisp and reacted perfectly to whatever coverage the Clippers threw their way.

Los Angeles was able to make adjustments and slow the attack some, but the HEAT still got a number of easy baskets because of their passing. A few plays in the second half come to mind. First, a beautiful lob from LeBron James to Chris Andersen in the third quarter. Functioning as a power forward because of foul trouble, James was used as a screener on a number of possessions. This time, he slipped a screen on the left wing and received a pass rolling to the rim. When the defense collapsed, James released what looked like a possible shot, but it was actually a perfect lob to Chris Andersen who was cutting in from the weakside. The precision was impressive. James read the defensive coverage perfectly, the entry pass to James was great, Andersen cut at just the right time and James delivered the pass right on target. It’s not possible to draw it up any better. The other play that comes to mind is the Allen three at the end of the game, but we already covered that.
 
The Takeaway: The Clippers have been without Chris Paul since January 3rd. Instead of falling off since the injury, Los Angeles has surged. They entered tonight’s game with the best offensive efficiency (points per 100 possessions) since January 1st at 112.7. Over the same stretch, the Clippers had the best net efficiency, meaning no NBA team was playing better. Add in the fact that the HEAT hadn’t beaten the Clippers in Los Angeles since December of 2007 and the victory looks even better. The game against the Clippers kicked off a difficult month for the HEAT. They’re on the road until February 23rd, taking on teams across the West Coast and Midwest. Starting the trip with a solid win is just what Miami needed to get the second half of the season going. HEAT players and coaches have mentioned how important the second half of the season is and they’re now 6-1 since it began. The HEAT are looking to get better and build good habits as the playoffs approach. Tonight, they accomplished both of those against a Western Conference contender on the road. That’s a strong start to a tough trip.

Notes: Ray Allen and Chris Bosh scored 15 points apiece. Dwyane Wade and Shane Battier each added 14 points. Chris Andersen scored 12 points off the bench.


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:04 AM

Great write up, typo - Chris Anderson scored 12 off the bench (last sentence).


Go to the (game threads). You guys utter more anti Lebron and Wade stuff than I do


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:43 AM

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Spo on the #HEATwin: "It was a battle. We expected that coming in here tonight, we knew (LA) would play with urgency."

 

Spo: "We certainly got tested tonight but we were able to stay the course. This was definitely a step forward for this team."

 

KingJames on the #HEATwin: "We wanted this first one so we could start off this trip in a good way."

 

KingJames: "I think we're where we want to be right now. We've been playing some good basketball as of late and we want to continue that."


Ray Allen's road to 3,000 3PT FGM: 2,973 Made 

100 MORE UNTIL THE  NBA SEASON N*GGAZ


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:58 AM

I told you guys LBJ was going to turn it up a notch as we approach the all-star game.  It's only gonna get worse for the league after the all-star game.



#5 Joe B drinks Dwyone C

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 01:37 PM

I told you guys LBJ was going to turn it up a notch as we approach the all-star game.  It's only gonna get worse for the league after the all-star game.

 

You don't need to say i told you. it's expected just like last year he pulled away as run away mvp this time he's just catching up some race. Reminder though, always sign out coz if you're a LeBron fan, they're banning you off cookies. sign out, don't get banned, and this site's just has downright disgusting overprotection for those LeBron bashers LeBron fan bashers. sickening how this injustice is going on. why do they call this community. it's minority of mothers ***ing homers around the place!



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 01:42 PM

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#7 Joe B drinks Dwyone C

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 01:53 PM

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not another one of over protected softasspussy dwyoyne homer!



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 02:09 PM

Dwyoyne? Oh my.

 

From me to you

 

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I'm off to work. I hope you have a life and don't try to argue with me. I don't think I'll take you serious, especially the way you type. 


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 05:30 PM

Good game from us. That great start really made the Clippers fight the entire game, and it proved to be too much of a mountain to climb.

 

There were tons of dunks oops and flashiness from both squads. Unless you are a diehard Clippers fan, this game was exciting for just about anyone to watch.


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:01 PM

Way to start this road trip that was an enjoyable entertaining game…..Lebron had a great performance last night, he was excellent through the game and forceful down the stretch to close this game  as well as Allen with strong fourth quarter playing all around game helped us get this win in a highlight packed game.

 

In all it was a great team work with contribution from the go from everyone on both ends of the floor….. good win Heat….


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:33 AM

Good way to start the road trip.The HEAT moved the ball very well in the opening quarter. Although they later got stagnant, MIAMI closed the game in championship fashion.A couple of days rest should have MIAMI recharged and ready to build from this performance. Up next, the Jazz. Prepare for perfection...TEAM HEAT since '88!

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:10 PM

it was the most thrilling game I have seen this year,It must have been frustrating for the guys on the court though,when you are playing extremely well, shooting the ball at a very high rate & playing well defensively. The clippers can't score but they grab the rebound time & time again & in every timeout   the coach is saying try harder .Lebron is doing everything & he takes the charge on Crawford too. Why neither Oden or Haslem did not play in the fourth period to help on the boards? I hope I am wrong but it seems to me that James is not happy & if they don't win their 3rd championship this season he will be gone.







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