There was a basketball game scheduled for Wednesday night in Washington DC. The teams were supposed to be the Miami Heat and the Washington Wizards, but it appeared that the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals took their place. From the beginning, there were elbows, hip checks, flailing bodies, and even a punch or two. The Wizards were playing like the Capitals, or maybe the old Bullets, but probably the best comparison would be the 1980′s Detroit Pistons. They were getting very physical with the Heat and for about 3 1/2 quarters, it worked. The Heat pulled away at the end and prevailed 123-107, but the final score is very misleading and Miami needs to take note of what happened, then make some adjustments before the playoffs begin.
Two opinions relating to Wizards players from Wednesday night: John Wall is a punk and JeVale McGee is a man. Wall was tossed from the game after throwing a punch at Zydrunas Ilkauskas in the second quarter. McGee, on the other hand, chose to make his physical plays within the rules, the most memorable were blocks against Bosh then Wade on back-to-back possessions. Another problem for Miami was Jordan Crawford. The rookie, Wall’s backcourt partner, scored a career high 39 points while Wall was in the locker room after being ejected. In general, the Heat’s defense was bad for about the fifth game in a row. When you give up a bunch of points to Houston, the thought is that they are one of the best offensive teams, so maybe it’s acceptable. Then, you have teams like Cleveland and Washington put up big numbers, and it’s a bit alarming.
The playoff push is officially here and Eric Spoelstra seems to be concerned. It is understandable. The Heat seem susceptible to being pushed around and in the playoffs, teams like Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and even the Magic are certainly capable of establishing a physical presence against Miami. If LeBron, Dwyane, and the rest of the team want to go deep into the postseason, they can’t allow themselves to be pushed around. That being said, the Heat certainly seem like a tight knit unit. Juwan Howard rushing in to defend his teammate is a very positive sign and we have seen similar actions this year from the likes of Wade and Joel Anthony. They will need to play together, trust each other, and have each other’s back. I still believe that Miami is the most talented team in the East, but if they want to go to the Finals, they are going to have to be consistent, especially on defense.
About the Author
Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).