Heat Pre Game
It was the battle the basketball gods wanted ! The first round matchup of The Heat and Knicks , a serious NBA rivalry .
You had the 4 of the top 5 draft picks from the 2003 draft class , with 3 of them on the Miami Heat, then there was the LeBron vs Melo saga, and the battle of two cities Miami vs New York . What more could a fan ask for ?
LeBron and Wade came out looking like they were in playoff beast mode, going hard at the rim attacking at will and showing no regard for human life with their monster slams to open the period. In the early minutes of the first the Heat and Kincks looked to be in an all out battle matching shot for shot. This had the making of the late nineties playoff battles , I looked over to the corner and saw Zo sitting . Remember when Jeff Van Gundy was hanging from his leg . Tensions were high from the get go the fans were in full force Udonis and Amare had some nice words with each other and the ref gave them both technical fouls, that’s a fight i wanted to see . From the get go the Heat had a game plan , lets play Miami Heat playoff basketball and shut down Melo, they did a pretty good job at it too Melo only had 11 total points going 3-15 from the field , while Lebron had 11 points in the opening period Wade and Bosh each added 6 and Miami ended the quarter up 24-18.
The Knicks never stood a chance, from the start of the second quarter the Heat scored the first 8 points . Again there were hard fouls and hard hits on Miami. The refs should have called a better game .Tyson Chandler had a nasty elbow at the back of LeBron’s head , it was a clear flagrant foul but was only called a personal foul . The crowd let the refs and Chandler know they were pissed . It must have lit a white-hot fire deep within The King , from that point on Miami took the game over locking down Carmelo , Amare and Tyson . The Heat never looked back running the floor ,creating space and closing out the quarter with a 24-2 run . Miami was just too much for the Knicks to handle .Shane Battier did a nice job while Lebron was on the bench , continuing to stop Melo and hit some nice open 3′s . Chris Bosh looked a little slow out there i feel he was still ailing for his injuries. Speaking of injuries word spread fast that the Bulls Guard Derrick Rose was going to be out for the rest of the playoffs. Due to a torn MCL and ACL he suffered in the bulls victory of the 76ers , with 1:10 left in the game up by 10 he was driving to the lane and planted too hard . BOOM torn it all up . Why was he in ? That was the big question . I felt bad for the kid , but it looks like we will have a possible Celtics Heat eastern confrence finals match-up. Miami held the Knicks to 13 second quarter points while scoring 30 to hold a 54-31 lead.
Halftime was a god one for me , My friend Howie was sitting on the Dewers Rail an invited me up to have a drink with him , the Rail is the only bar at the arena that has Kettle One Vodka . How could I resist after all it is my favorite vodka and it was free thanks Howie . I invited my brother up but he stayed at the seats , he was my DD for the afternoon so no drinks for him thanks Brian . Dewers Rail is a great place to watch a regular season game , but for the playoffs i must sit in the thick of thing with all my season ticket holder friends in my section. So back to my seats I went , My brother is always trying to take my isle seat but every time he sits there they lose , i was not about to give up my seat to him in the second half even though Miami was up big with a 23 point lead.
The second half started the same way the first half ended , the Knicks were playing with fire and were getting burned. Miami opened up to take a 30 point lead extending their run of 24-2 to a 32-2 run . LeBron was in takeover mode playing like he has all season long . He is the MVP and every time he went to the line the fans reminded him of that with the MVP chants. The Injury Sniper made an appearance taking his fury out on a unassuming rookie , the Knicks Iman Shumpart , torn ACL . BOOM out for the playoffs . Midway through the 3rd Shumpart was moving the ball across mid court , with Chalmers about 5 feet in front of him he tried to move past him and the sniper struck , on top of that he lost the ball and Rio took advantage with an easy lay-up . Mario finished the game with 11 Points and 9 asst. The Knicks were again outscored by double digits 27-16 . Lebron added 6 more points to his total adding up to his 32 point game , and he would not return for the 4th . Wade had a solid 8 point quarter as well . The 3rd was all about the Heat doing what they do best Playing Big-D.
Bring on the reserves . By the end of the third Miami held a 34 point lead 81-47 it was a good chance for the heats role players to get some action. Miami’s role players held their own against the Knicks who were trying to make a come back but the reserves were not letting that happen , not on their home court. The Heat were outscored 20-19 in the fourth but LeBron did not play , Wade and Bosh played maybe 2 min total . it was really just a scrimmage for Miami’s bench. The Heat and had this game from the start , Coach Spo said it best “LeBron really led the way, obviously attacking , getting to the free throw line. He was the back line of our defense, like a free safety, reading the offense in front of us.” great victory for Miami . Beating the New York 100-67 despite LeBron , Bosh, and Wade not playing the 4th
This is the playoffs and the Miami heat are ready to take on the challenge that faces them . they have one goal and one goal only winning Uncle Larry’s trophy . Lebron had 32 , Wade added 19 and Bosh with 9 . New York’s Big 3 did nothing much to the fact Miami’s D wast too good , holding the Knicks to just 67 points on 35% shooting and forcing 27 turnovers .
Playoffs basketball is on and the Heat is on
In their final home game of the season the Heat were looking to give their fans some excitement before the playoffs.
The Rockets had different thoughts , they opened up the first quarter on a 23-12 run and they couldn’t miss . The heat were without Wade and Bosh ,no surprise there. Tonight was a LeBron takeover night but even he was making bad passes and missing shots to open the game . Miami started to come alive toward the end of the first , or should I say LeBron started to come alive . Miami was able to cut the lead to 5 . Down 27-20 Shane hit a buzzer beater in the corner to close the 1st 27 to 22 Rockets
I don’t know about the players , but for me it’s kinda hard to get up for the Rocket since the playoffs are right around the corner . I’m assuming its the same for the Heat. Miami opened the 2nd period the same as the first , bland like a steak with no seasoning . Missing shot after shot and no one taking control . Half way through The Warden made a nice appearance giving the Heat a much needed spark. Only down 4 when The King came back in to the game he was playing Mr. Facilitate finding open teammates like Mike Miller who hit a nice 3 with a hand in his face to take a 1 point lead at the end of the quarter 45-44 MVP of the 2nd has the be THE WARDEN Joel Anthony who finished the period with 9 points and 4 rebounds . Still without Wade or Bosh , Miami should have shot better the. 41%. Against a star-less Rocket team .
Half Time , you know what that means Double or should I say Triple Grey Goose on the rocks , found a new bartender that pours very heavy , that’s not like the regular bartenders at the games , I love when they pour heavy . I live for a strong big cup of Vodka at halftime . It has to last me till the end of the game ! I have a nice theory ” Pour Heavy, Tip Heavy” .
Well what can I say, I had a nice buzz going but I still couldn’t get excited for the game ! It was a boring start of the third it was just awful basketball by both teams. Courtney Lee had a nice dunk , but I didn’t care. The Heat were just a boring team to watch in the third Lebron had a nice block but they scored anyways , and the he had a block of all blocks on Courtney Lee , that’s what I came here to see ! It actually got me really happy but the Heat were still down by 9 with 2:30 left in the third , untill the heat caught some fire from Shane and Lebron who helped cut the lead down to 2 64-66 with 35 sec left in the third period but The rockets scored 5 unanswered points to close the period 69-66 .
Miami opened the fourth strong , with buckets by the rookie Noris Cole an , a Mike Miller 3 that erupted the crowd. The heat were able to tie it up 71-71 with no Lebron James . It was one of the most boring games of the year for me , I couldn’t stop thinking , man I can’t wait to goto Hooters after the game to eat some wings . It looked as though Miami wasn’t even trying I mean how many times can you let Louis Scola into the lane for an easy bucket . Half way through I had finished my drink and was losing my buzz , and getting starving . Lebron hit a circus shot and was leading all scorers with 23 looked like the heat we’re starting to take this game seriously when they tied it up with 4:44 left 79 all. Going hard at the basket and locking down on defense . Coming down the stretch it was looking like a shoot out . Shot after shot from both squads . Can you say we want the win ? Back to back threes by Lebron James and Mike Miller put the heat up by six with 2 min left and they never looked back James Jones made a nice shot and the Heat was on ! Closing out a boring game on a 24 -9 run in the final 6 min Miami won 97-88 behind 32 points from King James ..also knocking the Rockets out of the playoffs .
The first quarter, a terrible shooting quarter by Miami , but still kept themselves in contention only down by two 21-23 a lot of turnovers by the Heat cost them a first quarter lead . Dwayne Wade pimp slapped a Ibaka shot but fumbled the pass for an easy layup , it irks me when we don’t capitalize off good defensive plays . Lebron hit 2 big treys to help keep it close . Looks like the the MVP race is on . Durant is a bum !
The Heat came out kinda flat in the start of the second quarter , okc started to catch a little fire going up 33- 25 with 8 min left due to bonehead turnovers by Miami . The Heat just kept taking terrible shots while the Thunder were taking advantage . A Rio 3 sparked the crowd a little bit but only cut the deficit to 6 with six min Togo in the second . We really need to start pounding the paint and spacing the floor , AND NOT LETTING WESTBROOK IN THE DAMN LANE ! With 6:33 left on the second things were looking like an all out brawl was gonna break out when Westbrook made a flagrant foul on James . The Heat made a nice run with threes by Rio and the King to cut the into the lead only down by 2 with 3 min left 41-43 . I guess the almost brawl lit a fire under them. Who says the Heat are better without Wade !!! After a Lebron steal and tomahawk slam that shook the arena , Wade comes down with his own . Heat took the lead with 1:30 left and the place was Crazy and got even more crazy when Lebron hit a buzzer beater in Sefolosha’s dome to take a 50-49 lead at the half.
Halftime was usual for me went to the bar grabbed a double grey goose on the rocks and smoked a cig outside with my friends , my brother asked me who would win in a fight Ud or Westbrook. C’mon Ud is from Miami , there’s no chance for Westbrook .
The Heat kept pressure on the Thunder to open the 3rd quarter with Lebron showing why he’s the real MVP . Miami kept the pressure on the thunder , making shot after shot locking down on defense . The crowd kept chanting Westbrook sucks ! Which I took place in , I love when we hate on the opposing team . Chris Bosh came alive in the 3rd after a dismal first half .
On a side note i checked and found out the Marlins lost 4-1 in their opener
The Heat continued to hold a lead despite terrible and I mean terrible shooting % only 38 from the floor deep into the 3rd. Durant hit his own buzzer beater , beating the shot clock leaning 3 seconds left in the quarter . Lebron vs Durant MVP race continued with Lebron keeping the edge at the end of the 3rd with 28 PTS to Durants 21 . Heat held a 7 point lead 80-73 . It sadden me that the Marlins lost the opening day to a Albert pujols less cards .
Nothing went right for the heat to open the fourth , the thunder opened up with a 6-0 run I was not happy . The Thunder continued to show strength going on a 10-0 run to take a 83-82 lead . That being said Shane Battier hit back to back threes to regain a nice 5 point lead 88-83 . Heat dancers are sexy just saying , but my wife is sexier Some skank got tossed for trunking to grope Pat Riley , it was classic . UD was a monster on the glass grabbing crucial rebounds . 2 min left an the crowd came alive the Heat held a 1 point lead 94-93 I didn’t want to sit down but everyone else was . Sometimes I hate the fans in Miami bit they were still loud and finally got on their feet wit .42 sec left and the Heat didn’t relinquish the lead , two big misses by Kendrick Perkins and two big makes by Wade were a big difference making in the Heats 98-93 victory over the Thunder . Despite only shooting 37% the heats defense proved to be far superior to the Thunder, when the Heat needed a stop they got it .
Lebron edged Durant in the MVP race with 34 PTS 7 REB .10 AST Lebron proved why he is the MVP . The big 3 scored 65 not a great number but it got the job done . The heat dominated on the outside perimeter 30-15 but just about every other stat the Thunder were victorious . But that doesn’t mean anything unless you win , they didn’t heat did .
Hatem Love em ? Heat win , like Spo said “its all about our truth” truth is the Heat were better tonight .
Don’t Hate Or Else
The Sports Father
It’s opening night for the new Miami marlins, and opening night for my new blog. I hope to give Miami sports fans a true fans perspective on all Miami sports .
Tonight is opening night for the new Miami Marlins and the new Marlins ballpark , I won’t be in attendance .
The marlins open up with a new and improved roster with addition of Jose Reyes.The marlins added a solid bat and speed on the infield .
Tonight I will be in the AAA to see the heat take on the thunder . I’m looking forward to a playoff atmosphere and some great basketball. With the addition of Turiaf the heat added a solid center who brings a little more to the position then Anthony .
This might be a preview of the nba finals . I just want the heat to make a statement to the league tonight that we are still the best .
As for my daily dose of hating this evening I will be ripping on the thunder all night live from the heat game via my twitter. @thesportsfather.
Keep your friends close , and your enemies closer .
The Sports Father