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The Miami HEAT lost their second straight game, losing 92-90 to the Portland Trail Blazers. The HEAT were done in by late three-pointers by Wesley Matthews. The HEAT return to the court Saturday night when they take on the Sacramento Kings.

Impact Performance of the Night: What a game by Nic Batum. The Blazers’ small forward was excellent, scoring 28 points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out five assists and throwing in two steals and a block for good measure. Batum was everywhere on both ends of the floor and had the assist of the game, finding an open Wes Matthews in the left corner for a huge three.

The Deciding Run: We’ll go with the quick 6-2 run the Blazers went on to tie the game, then take the lead. Wes Matthews hit two humongous shots for Portland. That spurt will be remembered by Blazers fans for a long time. The HEAT’s five-minute scoring drought in the third quarter was also a big turning point.

Play of the Game: Again, the back to back threes by Wes Matthews. The first, to tie the game, was a brilliant design by Terry Stotts of the Blazers. The second three, the bigger three, was the contested step-back jumper Matthews hit over Ray Allen. It was the classic “No, no, yes!” shot. Matthews showed guts taking it, and in making it he won Portland the game.

Efficiency Rating: Offensive Efficiency: 94.6; Defensive Efficiency: 95.6

Trend to Watch: It’s sometimes hard to see positives in the loss, but keep an eye on the defense. The rotations were sharper than they’ve been since the Christmas Day victory over the Thunder. Also, the HEAT were relentless on their ball pressure, tipping passes all over the court. The energy level shown was extremely encouraging. The result may not have been what fans want, but the process was there for most of the night. That looked like the HEAT defense we’ve grown accustomed to seeing.

The Takeaway: Unlike the losses to the Pacers and Bulls, this one was more of a coin flip. Wes Matthews nailed a contested three late while Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers each missed their open opportunities. The HEAT called “heads” and the coin came up tails. There were more positives than negatives in this game. The defense and rebounding were solid all night. While the offense sputtered at times, the HEAT got good looks all night, including the last few possessions. This was a good game, not a bad game, regardless of the result.

Notes: Chris Bosh led the HEAT with 29 points, four rebounds and four blocked shots. Dwyane Wade scored 18 points. LeBron James finished with 15 points, ten rebounds and nine assists, snapping his streak of 20-point games. Shane Battier and Dexter Pittman were inactive.

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perfect example of why we call it a make or miss league. and tonight we just missed

Yep. Shots were there. Nothing to fret about.

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What a horrible series of plays. They've gotta get out of the mindset that they can settle for jumpers with the game on the line. Wasn't the grand revelation at the beginning of this marriage that James and Wade needed to stop being so unselfish and just play their way at the end of close games?

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What a horrible series of plays. They've gotta get out of the mindset that they can settle for jumpers with the game on the line. Wasn't the grand revelation at the beginning of this marriage that James and Wade needed to stop being so unselfish and just play their way at the end of close games?

Their way is unselfish. The HEAT got good or great looks almost every trip down the stretch. Sometime Wes Matthews is going to Wes Matthews.

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It's strange how the Heat are just not getting to the line like they did in previous seasons.

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It's strange how the Heat are just not getting to the line like they did in previous seasons.

They're just not getting as many calls. Wade and Lebron go up all the time and rarely ever get calls.

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It's strange how the Heat are just not getting to the line like they did in previous seasons.

Last season I was on here saying how strange it was that the Heat were barely getting ft's in games this season is straight up BS how bad the officiating has been against the Heat to the point that I feel that the Heat are going up against the refs and opponents. If the officiating is this bad in the playoffs I don't care who the hell plays for our team we don't have a chance in hell to repeat as champions.

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Last season I was on here saying how strange it was that the Heat were barely getting ft's in games this season is straight up BS how bad the officiating has been against the Heat to the point that I feel that the Heat are going up against the refs and opponents. If the officiating is this bad in the playoffs I don't care who the hell plays for our team we don't have a chance in hell to repeat as champions.

People always complain when the Heat shoot a lot of FT's and all I can say is what the f*** do you expect? You get Wade and Lebron in the same team, you're most likely going to shoot a lot of FT's a game. And yet that is not happening right now, and it's partly because we're not going to the rim as much but also because the refs are just not calling fouls. Esp. on Lebron. The dude gets HAMMERED every time and the refs don't call the foul because Lebron is so strong he makes it look like there was no contact.

That's why I don't blame Lebron sometimes for flopping. If he doesn't do it, the refs don't call fouls because he's superman and can resist a lot of contact. That does not mean that the contact is not happening though.

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