Friday, March 5, 2010

Victory Heard 'Round the Blogosphere

March 5, 2010

With a 114-111 overtime victory against the reigning NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat made their presence known once again across the Association. While Dwyane Wade was the featured act, many of his supporting cast members stepped up and made an impressive showing en route to their most significant victory of the season.Quentin Richardson dropped in seven three-pointers, one of which was with 11.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter (it's what they call clutch). But Carlos Arroyo and Udonis Haslem were the unsung heroes for the Heat, combining for 19 of Miami's points in the fourth quarter and overtime. It was no one-man show at the American Airlines Arena.

The day after we hear some of the reactions from Heat writers and enthusiasts around the blogosphere:
  • Ira Winderman's Blog: "It certainly was a heck of a show...And a shame the Heat couldn’t hold its nine-point fourth-quarter lead...But, ultimately, the type of effort that just might turn a season." 
  • Mike Wallace's Blog: "Just when you think you're through with this team, tired of its inconsistent ways, ready to give up on the playoff push, waiting to see what's on tap during the summer makeover, Miami goes out and does something like this."
  • Dos Minutos: "Have you seen the follow up to Spike Lee's, ummm, "smash hit" documentary "Kobe Doin' Work" from a couple of years ago? Wait, let's back it up a minute - has anyone actually even seen "Kobe Doin' Work?" Okay, that's okay, no problem, because the sequel, "QRich Doin' Kobe's Mug," is even better!" 
  • The Fourth Degree: "This game means absolutely nothing....there is too much inherently wrong within the Heat organisation for this to be any kind of springboard....The Heat always show up to play The Lakers.....don't get too excited."
Beasley Posterizes Gasol on a Put-back Dunk

This is a must see highlight from the game. While Michael Beasley did not have a huge impact on the game, he sent a strong message to Pau Gasol  and the Lakers early in the third quarter. Here's the posterization of Pau (which sounds like a scientific process):

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