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EVEN THOUGH IT’S THE 1ST ROUND, PAT RILEY IS SMILING

Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Apr 19 2011 @ 1:34 pm In Miami Heat | 2 Comments

     This is the Miami Heat team everyone has been waiting and wanting to see.  They dominated the Sixers on Monday night, leading wire-to-wire.  The final score was Miami 94Philadelphia 73, but it wasn’t even that close.  On a night where their leader, Dwyane Wade, was not 100 percent due to migraine issues, the rest of the team picked up the slack.  For the second playoff game in a row, Chris Bosh played like an elite power forward, going to the rim, and really doing an excellent job in the post.  CB even added 3 steals to go along with his 21 points and 11 rebounds.  So far, Bosh has been the MVP for the Heat in this series.  LeBron played very well, scoring 29 points and helping to offset DWade only scoring 14.  Wade did not play poorly, in fact, in the first half he had some electrifying plays, including a steal that he took all the way for a dunk.  I don’t care if he doesn’t like the nickname, but he is still Flash. 

     Yes, Pat Riley is smiling.  While the rest of the Eastern Conference seems to be struggling, including the top-seeded Bulls, the Heat appear to be getting stronger.  Miami looked much better in Game 2 than they did in Game 1, and it’s because of their defense.  In both games the Heat scored 19 points in the first quarter.  In Game 1 they gave up 31 points to Philly in the 1st, but in Game 2 the Sixers only scored 13 in the quarter.  As Eric Spoelstra has preached all season, if Miami plays the type of defense they are capable of, they will beat almost anybody.  If they have a good offensive game to go with it, they will win the NBA Championship.  Think back to the Jordan-era Bulls.  As thrilling as it was to watch him on offense, defense is what made them one of the best teams in history.  It has taken much of the season, but it seems like the players are locked in to what Coach Spoe has been talking about.  It’s one of the oldest cliche’s there is; defense wins championships.  It is the truth.  That is why Pat Riley is smiling.

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