Monday, April 27, 2009

Heat Can't Turn it Up in Game Four

You know that you have a problem when Zaza Pachulia out rebounds your entire front court, combined. Yes that's right, Big Zaza cleaned up the boards in Miami with 18 rebounds. Houston, we have a problem.

As Miami dropped game four to the Hawks on their home court, it was evident that it was not Dwyane Wade's night, despite his 22 point performance. It was frustrating to watch him shoot four air balls in the 1st QTR of the game and never gain a real rhythm all night.

The Atlanta Hawks disrupted our offense, denied Wade from getting in the paint, and made the shots when it counted. The Heat never led the game and the Hawks fought off all runs by the Heat. Hats off to them.

The series now moves back to Atlanta for game five and puts home court back in the lap of the Hawks. In a sense, it was a wasted effort because winning one in ATL would only matter if you won both at home. Now the road to victory will not be paved with slick concrete, but rather rocky obstacles that will not be easily overcome.

Despite all this, the series is not over for the Heat just yet. As long as Dwyane Wade is on Miami's sideline the team has a chance. Once again, you will not see Wade have another poor performance in consecutive games. If Wade sets the pace, penetrates the defense and distributes the ball effectively, then expect a reenactment of game two.

Final word: Getting Michael Beasley and Daequan Cook in the mix early can jump start the Heat offense. Let's pray that Coach Spo does not deny Cook and Bease in the early QTRs and expect them to produce in late game situations.

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