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The Wade’s Heat Are in Trouble According To Sunday’s Boxscore

April 27, 2010

What the hell is wrong with his teammates? Seriously...

What the hell is wrong with his teammates? Seriously...

The Wade’s Heat are in trouble according to the boxscore from Sunday– and yes, the Wade’s Heat and NOT the Heat’s Wade. The Celtics climbed their way out of an 18-point hole and just fell short due to the fourth quarter heroics of D-Wade. This was basically the best game the Heat could have played because Wade was able to make plays by having his hands on the ball as much as possible on offense, and their defense taking everything away early on in the first quarter. But taking a closer look at the boxscore, however, reveals some big issues with the Heat:

  • Beasley was a -2 in the plus/minus category: I’m surprised this number isn’t larger (or is it smaller? You know, a larger negative number… further away from O…) The -2 reflects the fact that Beasley still doesn’t know what to do on pick-n-rolls and pick-n-pops; despite the fact that either Wade or Chalmers (both great perimeter defenders) will tell Beasley what to do, he still freezes in the act. Even worse than that, Beasley can’t close out on our front court when spreading the floor. Beasley “may be the most naturally gifted” non-aggressive offensive talent EVER (I’m so sick of hearing this), but he still looks like a lost puppy on defense. He’s more concerned with seeing his own replay of a monstrous dunk than getting back on defense (did ya’ll catch that on Sunday??)  The -2 isn’t going to cut it from your second best player.
  • D-Wade went 5-7 from behind the arc: that’s not going to happen again until the next aurora borealis. It just won’t: D-Wade can talk to his hand all he wants, it just won’t happen.
  • Despite D-Wade’s 46 points, he also had 6 turnovers against his 5 assists. It’s never, never good when your primary ball handler has MORE turnovers than assists.
  • Mario Chalmers had 4 turnovers against his 5 assists. It’s never good when your secondary ball handler has almost as many turnovers as assists.
  • Jermaine O’Neal: 1-3 from the field, 0-2 from the stripe, 6 rebounds, 2 turnovers in 18 minutes… Not exactly the kind of production you want from your starting center.
  • Quentin Richardson had the game of his life (7-14 from the field (4-6 from 3pt) with 20 points) and still was a -6 in the plus/minus category. Again, never a good sign when your not-so-good starting guard drops 20 points in a rare performance and still can’t help his team make stops.
  • The Heat only had 10 points off the fast break, which once again reveals the Heat’s inability to get any form of transition-offense going because they also can’t get back on transition-defense.

Unfortunately, one of my favorite images from the playoffs thus far.

Unfortunately, one of my favorite images from the playoffs thus far.

Hmmm. So what does this tell us? Maybe not a ton because the numbers only reveal so much, but it’s troubling to know that so many guys may have played one of their best games all season and the Heat still squeaked by with narrow victory. Wade may get his points again in game 5, but he won’t be nearly as efficient.

Easy prediction: the Celtics win game 5 and I am proven wrong (once again): the Celts take the series in 5 instead of 6. Shucks. I hate being wrong…

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