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Friday, June 7th, 2013 at 10:40 am  |  15 responses

Dwyane Wade Thinks the Miami Heat Were ‘Fatigued’ in Game 1 Loss


Coming off a grueling 7-game series against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat ran up against a fresh and well-rested San Antonio Spurs team in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The resulting loss for the Heat, according to Dwyane Wade, was in part due to fatigue. Per the Miami Herald: “After leading for most of the game, the Heat’s shimmering offense collapsed in crunch time and Miami lost to the Spurs 92-88 to go down 1-0 in the best-of-7 championship on Thursday at AmericanAirlines. LeBron James finished with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists but it wasn’t enough to overcome key turnovers, a pitch-perfect defensive effort down the stretch by the Spurs and ridiculous trick shot by San Antonio dynamo Tony Parker with 5.2 seconds to play. ‘We had some mental mistakes,’ James said. ‘We played some really good basketball but in the fourth quarter we made some mistakes and this is one of the only teams you can’t have mistakes against.’ [...] San Antonio took a three-point lead following a turnover by James with 6:06 to play. Ray Allen then missed a free-throw attempt and a layup by Tim Duncan gave the Spurs an 83-79 lead. Mario Chalmers then committed a key turnover and, after a stop by the Heat on the defensive end, the Spurs forced a 24-second violation. Moments later, Parker made a baseline jumper to put San Antonio ahead 85-79. ‘You can’t make no mistakes against them,’ Wade said. ‘I thought we were a little fatigued in the fourth quarter, honestly. We looked like a team that just came off a long seven-game series.’ The Heat went nearly 3 ½ minutes without a field goal and seemed doomed after Danny Green nailed a three-pointer with 2:11 to play to put San Antonio ahead by seven points. Green then made a fabulous error, fouling Allen on a three-point attempt, but the Heat could get no closer than two points. ‘We just didn’t get organized into what we wanted to do and we paid the price for that big time,’ head coach Erik Spoelstra said. ‘There’s a small margin of error on every possession and when you don’t make plays you pay the price … most of the fourth quarter probably hurt us more than anything.’ The Heat was outscored 23-16 in the final period with the Spurs’ starters outscoring the Heat’s first unit 23-8. Parker finished with 21 points and six assists. Duncan had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Wade scored 17 points, but just five of those points came in the second half.”

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  • shutup

    Fatigue? lol. The Spurs out executed them in the final minutes, didn’t have anything to do with fatigue, it had to do with Bosh taking 2 three pointers and and sloppy offensive sets by both teams, but since the Spurs had the lead they survived on top. Ray Allens 3 freethrows because of a stupid foul was the only reason that TP’s shot mattered so much. D. Wade can dismiss the Spurs at his own peril, this is not the Pacers led by a second tier coach with unproven players, this is Pop, TD and Parker, with flashes of Ginobili’s greatness and stupidity in full effect.

  • Hewey

    I completely agree. Dwayne Wade is probably one of the softest players in the NBA. Its the NBA Finals, stop making excuses and win.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    You’re professional athletes.

  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    The thing is that is mostly his fault they had to go through a 7 game series in the first place.
    That being said, he shouldn’t really be fatigued because he only showed up for game 7.

    Jokes aside about Wade’s disappearing act, this was a game that came to two teams executing plays at the final minutes. And yes, the lucky shot did help.

  • robb

    “I was hurt, I was tired, I need more opportunities”. Next excuse?

  • spit hot fiyah

    here is an idea: show up for a few of the first games against the pacers and that series doesn’t go seven games.

  • Sancheezie

    miami looks burned out

  • bike

    Green crashing into Allen on that 3-point attempt wasn’t fatigue. That was downright stupid.

  • Lloyd

    “You know how distracting it is dating Gabrielle Union whilst getting paid millions?!”

  • roscoe

    as much as i want to pile onto MIA for their statements…

    something tells me they are going to be ready gm2.

  • Bandwagonfan

    Ginobili is far more threatening than wade. He cant be left open with some distance, can penetrate well, move the ball, make some chop passes, and can flop . While people now leave dwade open for outside shot cus he cant make any. He only can score in the paint now.

  • WHAT MATTERS.

    YOU’RE STATEMENT IS FUCKING IDIOTIC, DUDE, WOW!!! FATIGUE DOESN’T MATTER? 9 DAY VACATION FOR SPURS AND 2 DAYS FOR THE HEAT RIGHT AFTER THE HEAT PLAYED 3 GAMES MORE THAN THE SPURS DID IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS WHILE SPURS WERE VACATIONING. GIVE THE HEAT 9 DAYS OF REST AND THEN SEE WHAT HAPPENS!!!!! YEA, I KNOW YOU’RE AFRAID OF THAT. PUNK. AND TRY PLAYING THAT MUCH AND SEE HOW ‘FATIGUE’ DOESNT MATTER, DUMBASS. AND THE NBA SHOULD HAVE STARTED THE SERIES LATER THUS MAKING IT FAIR!

  • WHAT ACTUALLY MATTERS.

    YOU’RE STATEMENT IS FU**ING IDIOTIC, DUDE, WOW!!! FATIGUE DOESN’T
    MATTER? 9 DAY VACATION FOR SPURS AND 2 DAYS FOR THE HEAT RIGHT AFTER THE
    HEAT PLAYED 3 GAMES MORE THAN THE SPURS DID IN THE EASTERN CONFERENCE
    FINALS WHILE SPURS WERE VACATIONING. GIVE THE HEAT 9 DAYS OF REST AND
    THEN SEE WHAT HAPPENS!!!!! YEA, I KNOW YOU’RE AFRAID OF THAT. PUNK. AND
    TRY PLAYING THAT MUCH AND SEE HOW ‘FATIGUE’ DOESNT MATTER, DUMBASS. AND
    THE NBA SHOULD HAVE STARTED THE SERIES LATER THUS MAKING IT FAIR!

  • shutup

    LOL, wow. If the Heat wanted more rest then they should have closed out the series faster, wait why am I even responding to your dumbass? Have a nice life living in your mom’s basement, fuggin clown shoes.

  • The Promise

    Always an excuse from these guys when they lose, not just from the players, but also their fair-weather fans, I bet half the people that show up to Heat home games used to consider themselves Magic fans. Maybe the Spurs are just better, they have the better overall team by far, their bench owned Miami’s bench all night long, as long as they can keep Kawhi Leonard out of foul trouble, they will continue to hold Lebron in check, while making Wade and Bosh make jumpers, something they aren’t very good at. Spurs win it in 6 games. Mark it down.

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