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Friday, November 12th, 2010 at 9:40 am  |  124 responses

Post Up: Same Story in Miami

Paul Pierce’s beautiful dark twisted fantasy comes true.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

Boston 112, Miami 107

Different location, same result. Only a couple weeks after taking the new-look Heat down at home, the Celtics went into Miami and took care of business once more. They jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead, and though LeBron and Co. did their best to get back into it, it just wasn’t going down for them last night. Boston had all of its pieces moving: Ray Allen scored 35 points off 7 three-pointers; Paul Pierce dropped 25; Rajon Rondo commanded the ball, distributed 16 assists, and did this to a poor and unsuspecting Chris Bosh (video embedded below); and Kevin Garnett went for 16 and 13 in the win.

The Heat, meanwhile, didn’t have the same fire. Bron was solid, putting up 35 points and almost banging out a triple-double with 10 boards and 9 assists. But that was about it. Dwyane Wade shot 2-12 and scored only 8; Chris Bosh, in what was supposed to be a big opportunity for him to prove his worth, did no such thing and went for 15 and 7; and though Udonis Haslem (21 points, 10 boards) was solid, Miami’s bench wasn’t of enough assistance. These guys are now 5-4, though, for what it’s worth, they’ve fallen to some great teams as of late: a Jazz squad led by Paul Millsap’s unreal heroics; a streaking and seemingly unstoppable group of Hornets; and now the Celts, undoubtedly the East’s best at this point.

Last note: Apologies for the slightly incomprehensible dek above. That new Kanye leak, er, advanced copy, has been bumping in both my headphones and the SLAM Dome all day, and I felt compelled to work it in here somehow. But, if I may say, it kind of fits. What, you don’t think the Truth reallllly enjoyed this one? Peep his post-game tweet:

It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents to south beach now on to Memphis

#shotsfired!

Chicago 120, Golden State 90

I had a weird feeling that while the world was watching the Celts and the Heat battle it out, the Warriors and the Bulls would go at it, with Steph Curry and Derrick Rose going head to head in what I figured would the slept-on game of the night. Well, like Biggie and Eminem, this guy was dead wrong. Chicago jumped out to a huge lead in the first half and held on in the second, playing fast and dominating GSW for the contest’s entirety. DRose (22 points, 13 assists) did his thing, while Luol Deng had an impressive 26-11-6 stat line in the W. Their team shot 54.8 percent (46-84), and when that kind of thing happens, the chances of coming home with a victory are pretty damn high.

Denver 118, L.A. Lakers 112

The Lakers looked like they’d take this one going into the fourth, until the Nuggets turned on the jets and took off in the final quarter. Kobe scored 34, but didn’t shoot too well (11-32), and Carmelo’s more efficient 32 off 14-25 shooting ended up on top. Los Angeles is now 8-1, leaving New Orleans as the only undefeated team in the L (you see that coming?). The Lake Show hosts Phoenix on Sunday.

Performance of the Night: Ray Allen: 35 points, 7 three-pointers, 1 rebound.
Moment of the Night: Chris Bosh asked, curiously: “Why do people keep calling me soft?” And Rajon Rondo answered: ”Here, let me show you.”

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  • Sizzle

    OMG WILL LA BE ABLE TO BEAT THE NUGGETS IN THE PLAYOFFS?! PHIL JACKSON ON THE HOTSEAT WITH BUSS, KOBE FEUDING WITH PAU FOR GIVING UP TOWARDS THE END OF THE GAME. QUESTIONS QUESTIONS (insert sarcasm)

  • jahmai

    Same story as opening night, Lebron a one-man show while Boston is just playing great basketball, great ball-movement, great spacing, good defense. It’s way too early, but this is not what I expected from miami, 5-4 to start the season. LeBron was good last night except for his ugly 3-pointers, but I don’t like him Miami alot. I like Cleveland Lebron way more! Only when Wade checks out of the game, he turns into the LeBron we loved watching when he was a CAV.

  • Scott

    If James or Wade have an off night Miami losses. I didn’t realize how bad that team is except for James, Wade and Bosh.

  • jahmai

    During the preseason when Wade was injured, I thought to myself, omg LeBron is just a beast and I forgot that because of all the crap he received this summer, but now.. he’s not looking like a MV3. BTW Kanye’s new album is just crazy.

  • Fat Lever

    I said from the beginning that MIA would have been better served allocating Bosh’s $14M to fill gaps at the C and PG position. As a third option, I don’t think Haslem is that much of a downgrade from Bosh, but Arroyo and Joel Anthony sure are at their respective positions. Defensively, MIA can’t stop any semi competent PG from getting past the first level.

    Also, Lebron and Wade are similar players, in that they both need the ball with space to be effective. That’s why I think it’s key that Lebron’s post game learning curve be accelerated ten fold. He, unlike Bosh, can command a double team in the post, which would free up Wade to slash through the paint or Bosh to hit mid-range J’s, since he’s so averse to banging in the paint.

    There are real problems in Miami, but it’s nothing that can’t be corrected, at least not yet.

  • Bruno

    maybe LA got bored in the 4th quarter hahaha

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    It is time to raise the question whether Lebron is just a huge stat machine who is difficult to build a team around? i.e Allen Iverson. I mean he dominated the league and took his team to the finals but was hard to play with and ultimately win with because of ball domination.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I Lmao at the three lebron shot at the end of the 4th that hit nothing but backboard. Also, what is up with Barkley slurping lebron everytime he talks about him. I think everyone knows that you think he is the best player in the league.

  • Bruno

    Haslem plays with heart and bosh mmm bosh just sucks!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Because I’ll be incognito today: I am currently hiding out outside of Eric Spoelstra’s place. I painted myself green (symbolism?) and covered myself in palm fronds. I’m looking to end the misery today. I have a backpack with water, some Goldfish crackers and extra ammo. If I shoot as poorly as Dywane and Bron from deep…wait, wait, wait….let me get back to Black Ops mode….I think Spo’s about to ride out to Starbucks. Will report soon……Eboy: out.

  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    Lol. Bosh was decent last night on offense. Even if the stats don’t look it. But his defense was non-existent, as shown in the Rondo highlight.

  • Ali

    BLUF… if any of the BIG 3 have a off night MIA loses to any of the top teams in the assiociation PERIOD! MIAs bench, starting Center and starting PG play thus far has been the worse we’ve seen from a team alot wanted to crown the 2010-2011 champs back when Bron made his decision. Keep telling yourself it’s early in the season, these games mean nothing, the season is a marathon not a sprint! Every game means something, all 82! TRUST! The TNT crew had me crackin up, the truth is killin’ people these days!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    UPDATE: That wasn’t Spo, it was his little dog, Lil’ Udonis. I just got bit by 3 fire ants. I should have packed bug spray.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Bosh’s confidence and manhood will be non-existent all season just like his rebounding/defensive effort. It’s only a matter of time before he is on suicide watch.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Why does Gasol so often down the stretch disappear. Stats will lie like the devil if you only go by them bc he had 17pts and 20rebs and James had a triple double and they both played like garbage.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    I want the Heat to win it all. But I won’t lie like its all fine in there. I’m optimistic but realistic at the same time. The offense needs a LOT of work. Fluidity is a HUGE issue. The problem with Bron/Wade right now is that neither one of the can do the “ray allen” role in their trio. That’s why Boston is fluid from the start. Boston can live and die with Allen spotting up. Heat can’t with their own. Wade and LeBron can’t take full advantage of the unselfishness of both. Neither one is a reliable jump shot finisher. Add Arroyo and its ugly as hell.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Dang LA should have won last night smh….. good game by the nuggets (Ty Lawson is representing P.G/D.C very well)

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    You put Kobe on the Heat instead of Lebron and the Heat are a much better team and more balanced on offense.

  • Brian

    LeBron would have scored about 15 points last night if he wasn’t constantly rewarded by the refs for floundering around the court. That was ridiculous.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    UPDATE: With my high-powered scope, I can see that Spo is on the phone with someone….very animated….seems upset….just saw him mouth the words “passion, pace, ego”….not sure who’s on the other end. I wonder if Riles got my message. It’s starting to get warm now.

  • Brian

    Can we go back to writing stories about what a clown LBJ is like they did this summer when there were no games to be played?
    Signed, All Miami Heat Fans (the 20 of them)

  • reflex

    1) Chris Bosh doesn’t fit well in this team, they need a banger/hard body. He’s too – for want of a better word – soft & doesn’t match up with opposing forwards.

    2) The Miami Heat offense is the same as Cleveland’s was but with added play. iso play after iso play. Ugly ugly offense.

    3) Miami Heat fans are pathetic, empty seats EVERYWHERE, against one of your biggest rivals?! Damn!

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    LA definitely gave that game away last nite. Gasol was put on lock by Harrington so Kobe had to go vintage kobe last nite.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    UPDATE: I think someone else has the same idea….I see a shadow out of the corner of my eye, standing all alone. Oh, damn….it’s just my imagination…I thought it was Ray Allen wide open at the three point line. Spo’s still on the phone.

  • reflex

    Oh, 13 secs or so to go , heat down 5.

    ‘LeBron for the 3!!’

    *ball hits backboard*

    lol!

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    Yeah I thought Miami already sold out all their home games. I thought thats why they fired all of their ticket salesmen..

  • neaorin

    Is it too outlandish to suggest that, at least until Miller returns, DWade should come off the bench? There is just too much overlap between him and LBJ right now. Manu Ginobili would be proud of him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    To continue.. I’m wondering what’s the real offensive scheme? Are they really running? When an opponent made a striking shot they tend to lose themselves and walk the ball up. THAT’S NOT DICTATING TEMPO. In Phoenix, the Suns run, run and run no matter what! And then run some more.. The Heat need to run more than anyone else ever, because they clearly lack spacing in halfcourt.. Wade/Bron SHOULD NEVER get stagnant when one is handling the ball. I’ve said this before. I think a Princeton type of offense could do wonders for them where the ball and the players never stop moving.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Jeff Van Gundy just left the AAA offices.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Why in the hell does DWade have to come off the bench for the team he is the leader of??? That is pretty disrespectful to suggest such a thing of Wade.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    EBoy’s comments are reminiscent of @SteveAustinBSR’s tweets this past summer. Also: Chris Bosh didn’t even try to defend that dunk.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    D-Wade in a potential trade for CP3. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  • Chris

    I think Eboy has been captured, tortured, and forced to play point guard for them in the next game

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    @Chris….I’m headed to Arroyo’s house next.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    How funny would it be if the Heat started shopping Bosh after December 15th?

    On another note, it’s was good to see (future Knick) Melo play a big role in putting an end to the Lakers winning streak last night. :)

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Arroyo needs to be gone. He can’t hit open J’s. No D at all. The one role he’s a little good at is stolen by LeBron. What’s his purpose so then? If only this could happen.. TRADE FOR CHAUNCEY! Also please.. Sign a legit center. If Erika Dampier it is then so be it.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    There is a reason Dwade is captain and not Bron. Why would they put CP3 with Bron anyways. They are both point guards and need the ball.

  • neaorin

    LeBron to the Hornets for CP3 and Emeka Okafor. Your 2011 NBA Champions, Miami Heat.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Another.. I’m happy to see my main man Z playing well for the Heat.

  • reflex

    neoorin, that’d actually do it but it’ll never happen, thankfully so. Also, co-sign everyone on Arroyo, dude offers nothing, at least give Chalmers osme burn as dude has some reputation as a 3pt marksman. Carlos however just takes up space.

  • reflex

    Also, I’ve come to the conclusion (rather prematurely I know) that Bron & Wade can’t co-exist on the court @ the same time as they are essentially the same player. as it is, they’re just stepping on each other’s toes

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    LeBron to the Cavs!

  • hendry

    reading al harrington had pau locked up just seems strange….

  • reflex

    I’m still mad at those empty seats, and yet Seattle can’t get a team, smh

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Move Chris Bosh for Zach Randolph?

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    LOL @ J

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    Ahh man, the Nuggets… i hope i’m not the only one that realizes just how horrible billups has been playing…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    UPDATE: Spo’s dog just pis*ed on me. Fu*king
    Chihuahuas. This little f*ck is lucky Spo’s not living in the Philippines….you’d be dinner tonight!

  • Jay c

    Kobe shot 11 for 32 and chucked a few stinkers but to the slurpers here he’s a hero who didnt have any help and lebron is a villain who can’t do it by himself. Funny how objectivity works.

    Wipe that Vaseline from your mouths boys.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    This is my favorite Eboy ever. Funny ish.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    UPDATE: A man of Eboy’s description was just arrrested for crimes against nature. Dade County Sheriff deputies said in an offical statement “Nobody should ever stick that in a chihuahua. Ever.” The suspect’s lawyer is also the suspect, and has no comment at this time. We will keep you updated.

  • CyldeSays

    Great road win for the C’s. Ray was just tearing it up. Great to watch. Still think it’s early for Miami, though. Let’s see how they look 40 games in.

    Spo, though? Based on the TNT clips they showed he seems like a h.s. or college coach. Maybe he’s doing it off-camera, but you’d think an NBA coach would be ripping into his team at halftime if they were giving up big leads in a nationally televised game at HOME….

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Gawddamn, Whitehot is en fuego today. Someone send some him some Gatorade for his stakeout. Keep them electrolytes up and the cool humor coming, E.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Ray Ray is a beast, but please man, please keep up the hot shooting for a whole playoff run!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    To my old time buddies Dark and BET….I want to wish you all the best as I embar…..wait a minute….a black Mercedes is pulling up the driveway…..blacked out windows….vanity plate reads “GREASMAN”. Spo’s dog just took off to run up to the car. Sh*t, now it’s starting to rain……wait a minute…the door just opened, but at my vantage point I can’t see who’s getting out..an umbrella just went up….F*CK, I CAN’T SEE WHO IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GODDAMN PALM FRONDS IN MY FACE!!!!!!!!!!

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    UPDATE: Spo is in heated conversation with this mystery figure. I can’t see the other person, but Spo’s in full view. I have a clear shot…..can’t take it now with a witness. Maybe I should pi*s on some Goldfish and throw them to the dog.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Hahahahaaaa @ GREASEMAN.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    UPDATE: Spo’s in tears…..or are they rain drops on the window?

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    78-4

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Eboy’s narration is so fitting, i just saw the movie RED (luuuved it) and it’s reminiscent of Helen Mirren crouching behind a PSG1 in the sniper position.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Nice E.

    If Melo stays all year, the Nuggets are 2/3 seed in the West.

    Agreed, Chauncey hasn’t played that great this year. And Pau should be dominating the Nuggets (see 2009 WCFs) with no Kenyon or Bird to offer up any kind of defensive resistance.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    Darksaber: Ray Allen was injured from the opening minutes of Game 3 against the Lakers throughout the rest of the Finals. You could see it in his lift on his jumper, as well as in the way he wasn’t as aggressive running. Diagnosis was made but withheld until the series was over, but he had a deep thigh bruise and potential strain that would have kept him out of action had it not been the NBA Finals.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    UPDATE: The meeting just ended….I think I could see a hint of silver slicked back hair on the mystery figure….but then again, it is raining right now. Spo is now in the bathroom, talking to himself in the mirror above the sink.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Chris: i knew that, but there’s a pattern of erratic postseason play by Ray every season he’s been a Celtic. Year they won it, he was woeful on offense in the east, only to play very inspired D (and adequate offense) against the Lakers in the finals. Last 2 postseason’s, same story. I am a big fan of his, but for every 50 pt game (howdy Bulls) there are more where that shot isn’t falling. A bit more consistency would go a long way for Boston’s chances.

  • tRay

    @Darksaber
    good point he tends to go through slumps like every great shooter does but I’m sure he’ll do a lot better in the playoffs this year if he stays healthy.

  • T-Money

    I’m not even going to respond to criticisms on Bron, but I like to point out that you guys are chastising him for deferring too much and hogging the ball too much AT THE SAME TIME. Think about that for a second. / D-Wade was not frozen of the offense last night. He just couldn’t hit anything to save his life and took bad gambles on defense. E: Does he always pout when things go wrong? I didn’t like his body language. / On Joel and Carlos, I don’t just want them out of the starting lineup, I want them out of the rotation altogether.

  • T-Money

    Oh, and Spo gotta go. He’s in over his head right now. 1- He has no clue what to do with Bosh (he should ALWAYS be the screener, and he has the highest conversion rates on rolls to the basket in the L after Dwight). 2- He has no clue how to run set plays that where Bron and Wade are both threats (when one is puttin in work, he has the other one standing in the freaking corner). 3- He doesn’t play his best players. 5: Chalmers-Wade-James-Bosh-Z with House, Jones, Haslem and Howard (who played great for Portland last year) or Magloire off the bench.

  • ciroqobama

    Rupaul Bosh really got $hit on by Rondo, wow

  • letsmotor

    @darksaber: I agree with most of what you’re saying, but to say Ray played “adequate offense” in the finals is really downplaying what he accomplished. 22 threes on 52.8% shooting? anyway, i’m just happy to see you point out the great D he played (and continues to play) against Kobe. nobody really pays attention to it because he’s not known as a great defender, but maybe he should be. i think he did a very good job when he was guarding lebron now and then in the 2010 playoffs as well.

  • http://brimartin13@gmail.com Brion

    Cosign reflex. If we had that Heat team in Seattle it would be standing room only, whats with the empty seats?

  • http://juanm.garcia@comcast.net Flashback

    Good thing Denver was ousted early from last years playoffs as they have the Lakers number.
    For those who want to make a quick buck, Vegas still has Miami as favorites. Put all your money against that and we’re talking some good returns.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    @Eboy, you kidding yourself if you think Spo´s to blame…@Kap, Child, vintage Kob?! 32pts on 32 shots, unless youre being ironic, whitch you are not, thats the bad Kobe and though I dont like Bron´s personality, you switch him for Kobe and the Heat are worse, cause bron playmaker, kob scorer.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    and the Heat crowd is weak, Im sorry, Im sure theres good fans too but thats a sh1tty bball town.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    UPDATE: Arroyo and Joel Anthony just pulled up in an Escalde…..it looks they have…wait a minute….Chipotle bags and..and….is that a double-headed purple dildo? UGH!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    This has officially become: SPOPACOLYPSE NOW! Can I make the official trademark claim of this heading on a comment board?

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    This may come back to bite me later but, IDGAF. 9 games in or not, the Miami Heat suck. And by extension, so does Bron/Wade/Bosh and of course, Spo. 5-4? Seriously? The best 5-4 team in basketball? Really? But I guess if you are the only 5-4 team in basketball, then DWade is accurate in that statement. Back-to-back losses at home? A joke. Rondo dunking while Bosh watched? An even bigger one. Empty seats in AAA? Unreal. Eboy, screw all the covert ops ish, kick the damn door in, and use “Mamba” to spread Spo’s lack of talent all over South Beach. Gone…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Just an aside: the Heat arena was sold out…..unless you’ve been to a game there….there is a full level bar/lounge that is open to the lower tier level ticketholders. Most of the “pretty” crowd that holds these seats spend most of their time mingling in there. How do I know? I’ve done it. You can find a thousand or so people roaming around in there (probably 30,000 square feet)throughout the game…especially early in the game. There’s no excuse for the empty seats with 2:00 minutes to go. That’s not even debatable. The Miami crowds are made up of 60 Latins. If you know anything about Latins (like I do…my wife is)they are late for everything. That includes an early season basketball game.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    I officially declare this Freestyle Friday!
    -
    Time to get ready for the weekend
    In this Post Up comin at you like your best friend
    Work can’t end soon enough, I’m fried
    Mailing it in like LeBron in Game 5
    Get your game on, spit it up and go harder
    Don’t choke like a certain Mr.Carter
    Get crazy like SVG’s substitution patterns
    Irrational, or insane? The former or the latter
    Half bare like the AAA be
    BTW, why would the Grizz extend Conley?
    Always respected, never hated
    As rational as The Seed about anything Laker-related
    Check yourself while I butter this bread
    Let’s get ugly like a Joakim full page photo spread
    -

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    60% (percent)

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Co-sign Eboy on the latin thing. My wife is latina and she is late for EVERYTHING. Still, no excuse E. I don’t care where people were hanging out, REAL fans are in their seats.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Co-sign Eboy on the latin thing. My wife is latina and she is late for EVERYTHING. Still, no excuse E. I don’t care where people were hanging out, REAL fans are in their seats.

  • Migs

    All those people who bought season tickets were probably not planning to attend the games, but looking to scalp them off for profit.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Migs…..while I sit here in the heat and rain waiting for my shot at Spo….I christen you the smartest man in the entire world. Thank you.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    I think we’re all missing the major point here – what does Eddie House think about all this?

  • http://bulls.com airs

    i love rondo for that dunk.

    and big ups to d.rose! dude was cool enough to met up with me and girl after the game and say happy birthday to her. good dude

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    I think the Nuggets are the best 5-4 team and they are playing with no near their full compliment of players. Yes, I know Mike Miller is out.

  • JTaylor21

    Only in Kap and laker fanatics fantasy world do Bron and Pau both of whom had great all-around nigts get all the blame and claim of playing garbage but Kobe shoots 11-32 (which cost his team the game) and gets praise and his peckerwood slurped. Just another day of mamba lovefest in la la land.

  • B-BallMaestro

    Excellent Post Fatlever!!

    You made a lot of sense, unlike so many other people on this and other boards.

  • B-BallMaestro

    Good Point JC on Kobe, Lebron and the Lakers.

  • CoolBreeze

    @Cubbuenning.

    Kenyon Martin?

    Didn’t Nene, kinda kick Pau’s ass last night by himself?

    Just saying!

  • B-BallMaestro

    Great POint Jtaylor on the Kobe/Laker Slurpfest!!

    Too Many Kobe/LA nugmegger’s

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    JTaylor is right. As awkward as that sounds.

  • SI44

    What’s up,
    I’ve been reading the posts here for a while now, first time posting though. Full disclosure, im a Lakers fan so just getting that out there. I dont understand for the life of me how Kobe can go 11-32 and still have people say that he played well. I wouldnt even have a problem if they were on good shots, but on the real Afflalo plays him better than anybody in the League. He refuses to go to the block and jump over dude on turnarounds but instead shoots contested fallaways. Pau did get chumped a little bit, but he was due to come back to earth so i aint even trippin. As far as the heat, i see folks now trying to rationalize the poor start they have when all offseason it was the damn juggernaut that ppl were supposed to be shook of. its still early but so far they looking like they a lil overrated. and i dont care how bron numbers look, who is he making better. Somebody please enlighten me.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Nene

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    @SI44 – Its hard to make guys better when Spoelstra has them running 3 different sets of isolation plays. LeBron at the top of the key one on one, or after a pick to a wing he goes one on one. Wade on the wing one on one, or Bosh 15 feet and in from the left side one on one. The only real play they have is set up to get Eddie House a three in the corner. I just wrote down Miami’s entire playbook

  • tRay

    ^^LOL yep that’s about right
    Maybe coach Spo should play 2K11 and get some better plays.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Update: I think Spo may have overdosed…..or is just taking a nap. I just grilled his dog….hunger is a b*tch. I am now planning to move my perimeter to just outside his bedroom window. Eboy: out.

  • JTaylor21

    NBK is on point. The coach runs the same simple a** sets that the offensive genius known as Mr. Potato head ran in cleveland but the difference is that the cavs didn’t have a player of DWade and CBs caliber. It beats me to why dude hasn’t even called for one 2/3 pick and roll this season and why he doesn’t put CB in a pick and roll situation every play given that he was second in the L to DHow last year in PNR conversion rate. Instead dude’s play calling calls for one-on-one tomfoolery with either Wade or Bron forced to stand in the corner and watch, they might as well have a seat on one of those courtside seats and crack up a cold one. Run some damn plays like the jazz do with all the cuts and pnr and please please SPEED UP THE DAMN TEMPO enough with all this walking the ball up the court crap, you have two of the best atheletes on the wing and you’re playing like a 60s and over church league.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    The hell Eboy and Bryan going on about Latinos always being late?! (Btw, your wives aren’t “Latin”, that is a dead language, they are Latinas) Man I’m always on time! Here I am ready to comment bright and early at…DAMN is that really the time?! Lol OK screw it we stay on that late sh*t. Happy Friday peeps.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    twighlight zone day. I agree with everything JTaylor just said. Except don’t run Utah’s offense, Joel Anthony and Miami’s PG’s Anonymous would never be able to fit in that type of offense. I would go with something Closer to Orlando’s offense except use LeBron or Bosh as the Pick man, with all those shooters who can’t do anything but shoot standing idly by spacing the floor. Other then that though JTaylor is on the money IMO

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Enigmatic, I said my wife was “latina.” And yes, you’re late and I don’t care if you do live in Alaska. Slacker!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    B, would you believe I had to first fire up my sled dogs with a rousing speech about intensity and forgetting egos and whatnot? Anyways, even though the Heat/Celtics game was on at the same time, I had a really hard time turning away from the Bulls game. It was a thing of beauty how badly we dominated. I really truly believe the best PG in the league is no longer a two man debate. Rose and Rondo have both forced their way into the convo.

  • paul

    The problem on that play is Lebron, not Bosch.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    @Paul: The Heat need a spark plug kind of player so badly that I’m sure they do wish his last name was “Bosch” and not “Bosh.”

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Enigmatic, are your dogs named LeBron, Dwyane, and Chris?

  • izzo

    Not sure if this has been discussed, I’m slightly behind. How long will they be showing that one play from the Heat game to illustrate Dwight’s shiny new post game? He’s developed a usable baby hook, he hasn’t turned into Kareem overnight. The announcers really used it as a crutch in the Jazz game, which is ridiculous since the Jazz have two guys who had better footwork and post moves than Dwight before they could walk.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    @Enigmatic, i totally agree with you on that. 7 games in and rose is averaging almost 24 and damn near 10 dimes a game?? and boozer is out? i don’t see his points slipping and only his assists rising. just cuz boozers back doesn’t mean d.rose wont get his.

  • Pharoah

    What happened to the pissd off LeBron James taking no prisoners and the us against the world mentality of the Heat. How do you come out so flat against the team that wooped your ass 2 weeks ago on national tv. LeBron is doing the same thing he did in Cleveland and getting the same results. Oh and stop complaining about your playing time and start working on your shooting, missing 2 free throws and bricking a wide open 3 in the last 4 minutes

  • T-Money

    Pharoah: So LeBron should have done more last night? Okay.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Pharoah obviously didn’t watch last night’s game, nor bothered to check the box score afterward.

  • Brian

    Was LBJ on the court when the Heat fell behind by 20? People make it seem like he didn’t start playing until the 3rd Q. Oh wait, he didn’t.

  • Sparker

    eboy, just outstanding. that is all.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Brian didn’t LeBron have 15 in the first half?

  • http://celticknightk3@aol.com Celtic Knight

    Rondo’s dunk was the sickest and Lebron better be happy he didn’t get slammed on. Oh Bosh is the one that got slammed on LMAO!!!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Emiddleagedman, whats the status of operation:spo want to spend more time with his fam?

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    The Heat should run some Princeton sets, have LOTS of pick and roll, and a great facilitating PG. In order for them to be successful with that, they have to eliminate Arroyo in the rotation. They need to have a PG who is a good orchestrator and can be effective on spot-up 3′s (hint: 04 finals mvp). Also I thought LeBron was working on his post up game? That was non-existent last game. They should utilize him there to have more spacing on top-midrange area, where house, bosh, wade should work.

  • flipnoyce

    Super Friends they are NOT!!! Maybe Lebron needs to go back to dancing, get loose a bit. Chris Bosh needs to grow his hair back to Predator, and DWade back to Flash. I don’t think coaching is the issue here its ego’s and leadership. They are the one’s that are playing the games, coach can only tell them what needs to be done. If they would have won last night people could have said easily, with these type of players around who needs a coach. 70 games is very much unlikely!!!!!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    holy….
    Kevin Love just had a 31&31 game vs the Knicks and they won. (Beasley scored 35, dayumn)

  • flipnoyce

    @darksaber, Miami could use some Beasley right about now,lol

  • 80

    Beasley shot 16-29 from the field and 2-4 from 3pt.

  • BostonBaller

    If Ray’s play is going to be questioned in the playoffs please remember that he is indeed playing D on the other teams best non center player most series which means his offense will suffer alot like most players’ would. That is why most teams do not put their offensive star on the other teams offensive star 9 out of 10 times. Facts are facts..no excuses for Ray. As far as Bron or Wade, it’s true that they are guys who need the ball to be at their best which means they have to figure it out by the playoffs..they have time.

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  • Michael

    haha eboy is cracking me up and Anton is bringing that fire.

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