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BOSH AND HEAT DOMINATE UNDERSIZED SUNS
Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Nov 18 2010 @ 12:49 am In Miami Heat | No Comments
So much for trading Chris Bosh. Say goodbye to all the criticism of the Heat 3. At least for today. Miami could do no wrong on Wednesday night, thoroughly trouncing the Phoenix Suns, 123-96, and it wasn’t even that close. The Heat, not the Suns had tallied 100 points by the end of the third quarter. Chris Bosh had 35 of those points. This is the Miami team everyone expected, but before we get too excited, let us look at this game realistically.
The Phoenix Suns are one the few teams that the Heat have a size advantage against. They have lost Amare Stoudamire, and apparently attempts to bring back Tom Chambers have failed. At least they have Grant Hill for the AARP crowd in Scottsdale. The Suns also have young phenoms like Steve Nash. Maybe Dan Majerle can come out and rotate between teams. All jokes aside, the Suns have been decent this year, but as they showed against Miami, if they don’t hit threes and don’t have a good transition game rolling, they are in trouble. Enter Dwyane Wade and Lebron James.
While Chris Bosh was the star of hump day, Wade and James looked like Barry Sanders cutting through the defense. Michael Vick might be a better reference point, except I’m pretty sure neither LeBron or Dwyane electrocuted any dogs before passing the ball. Opinions aside, Bosh was excellent right from the start, scoring 14 in the first quarter, shooting 12-17 overall, and making 11 of 11 from the free throw line. In fact, while Bosh was shining tonight, he was not the only bright spot. Miami had five players in double figures and eleven different guys score. Tonight was the best game the Heat have played
What does this mean for Miami going forward? Well, at least for a day or so, the local media won’t be talking about what the Heat players don’t do well. On Friday, that could change as the Charlotte Bobcats come to town. While this team is not elite, they do have very legitimate players at the point and the power forward position. I expect Miami to win, but it will be good to see how they fare against Gerald Wallace(PF) and DJ Augustin(PG). These two positions have provided the biggest challenge for the Heat this year. Also, holding Charlotte down as far as three-pointers will be key. Miami played excellent defense versus the Suns, holding them to 5-19 from beyond the arc. A win and the Heat are 8-4. That sure sounds less catastrophic then 5-4.
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