HEAT Cut Down NETS in Miami
By: Matt Blue
The Miami HEAT are what the New Jersey Nets want to be. The Nets are not quite there yet as they took a pounding from Miami 103-73. The HEAT completely dominated from the opening tip. The HEAT advanced to 4-0 at home for the first time in franchise history. They have won their four home games by an average of 17.8 points. Dwyane Wade led all HEAT scorers with 22 points on 10 of 14 shooting. LeBron James concluded the night with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Rashard Lewis had his Miami HEAT coming out party by finishing with 13 points off the bench.
The HEAT was excellent in the open court as well as the half court. They did a great job running their sets and they did a masterful job moving the ball from side to side. On the other hand, the HEAT’s defense was also very good. The team’s rotations were outstanding. Miami was also able to get out in transition numerous times. The team’s bread and butter is scoring points off turnovers. Whenever the HEAT forces a turnover, it opens up their transition attack. In this game they were able to do this with ease.
This was an early season statement win for the HEAT against an up and coming Brooklyn team. There is no way the HEAT’s coaching staff can’t be pleased with how the team performed in this one
MVP of the Game: LeBron James
James gets the nod for MVP since he finished two assists shy of a triple double.
Tough Game: Nets Offense
Brooklyn’s offense was absolutely woeful. They were out of sync throughout the game. The fact that they struggled to execute offensively can be attributed to the HEAT’s defense. The HEAT was able to limit Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries from really establishing themselves in the paint by doing a solid job denying the entry pass into the post. Whenever the ball did get into the post, the HEAT did an effective job sending an extra defender into the post. The help defense was there all night. The Nets were just unable to exploit their size advantage against the HEAT. The Nets will certainly have better offensive nights.
Lights Out: Dwyane Wade
Wade looks like he has returned to his old form. It definitely looks like he is starting to regain his usual explosiveness off the dribble. HEAT fans have to be happy with what they have been seeing out of him.
Stat of the Game: Nets shot 30 of 80 from the field
Even though the HEAT entered the game as the 28th ranked defense in the league, they played championship defense by forcing the Nets into difficult shots all night long. This is exactly why they shot the way they did from the field. The HEAT turned in its best defensive game of the season. The Nets 73 total points reflect exactly this. Another stat you can throw in there is the 3 of 21 they shot from downtown.
The HEAT will travel to the ATL to take on the Hawks Friday Night. The Game can be seen at 7;30.