Not to be a killjoy, but I'm not going to waste my time hating on a team that's 5-4 & has it's own index on ESPN, not whilst we are 7-0 and made what seems to be the right moves for our team. As CP3 said after the win over Houston, we're young, hungry, and because we've been dismissed out of hand. Heat's problems are simple - no lock down interior defender/post presence, and little resistance to a very good distributor at the point. That's not really the coach, it's the imbalance of the squad he has. Spoelstra tried every combo he could muster, he went big, he went small, he tried to spread the floor, none of it worked. Boston (and Utah & ourselves) have a much more balanced team back-to-front. Add in heir opponents extra motivation when facing them because of all the hype and fanfare that they have received, and there you go.
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ESPN Grades Wade
Wade : 40 minutes. 8 points (2-12 FG; 0-5 3PM; 4-6 FT), 2 boards, 3 assists, 1 block, 6 turnovers, -17 (+/-)
D? Is the “D” for Dwyane? That statline is a definite “F”. Someone here noted this new report card thing for Heat games. Cute gesture, but after reading this, man, what a miscalculated gimmick.
And since when was D-W-Y-A-N-E pronounced D-W-A-Y-N-E?
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Maybe the D was because he played 40 minutes? I have no idea, because if anybody on this team posted a stat line close to that, Monty would have yanked him in the 2nd quarter. Wade was awful last night and I might be jumping the gun here- but that team will never get to the Jordan/Pippen Bulls level. Not even close. What a fraud.
The Bees aren't 7-0 because of monstrous talent, and the Heat should be. The two factors I see are: 1) player coachability, and 2) coaching competence. I don't know how coachable the Miami Thrice are, but Spoelstra is just not a good coach.
ESPN is an easy link for schedules, recaps, box scores and whatnot, but their basketball columnists are Grade A *idiots*, and like the T-P their copy editors couldn't find their arses with both hands and a flashlight.