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Dorell Wright Takes Down His Old Team

Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Jan 11 2012 @ 1:00 pm In Miami Heat | No Comments

Way back in 2010, the Miami Heat formed a “Dream Team”.  When they went out and acquired LeBron James and Chris Bosh, it meant the end of the road for Michael Beasley and Dorell Wright.  I stated then that while Beasley had more hype coming in when he was drafted #2 overall behind Derrick Rose, Wright was the player that the Heat were more likely to miss.  It took some time, but Dorell had developed into a very good player for Miami by 2010.  He was also the only guy, other than Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem, that was on the 2006 NBA Championship team.  Now in his second year with Golden State, the player who wore #1 prior to Chris Bosh, came back to haunt the Heat on Tuesday night.

The game against the Warriors was a weird one.  Several players on Golden State, including Wright, have been struggling as new Head Coach Mark Jackson has put a new emphasis on defense.  Gone are the days of Don Nelson and the Warriors just running, jacking, and heaving shots with reckless abandon.  In fact, during the 2nd and 3rd quarters, these two teams looked like they had switched identities.  Miami is now more prone to run and gun, while Golden State tries to slow it down and run sets in the half court.  Weird to watch.  Then in the 4th quarter, Dorell caught fire and started draining 3′s.  Nate Robinson also began to hit shots and wound up leading GS in scoring with 24 points.  The Warriors erased a 12 point deficit in the 4th to send the game to overtime, where they won 111-106.  Wright finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds, highlighted by a 6-11 shooting performance from behind the arc.

The Heat played pretty well for most of the game, but let it get away from them towards the end.  This is what can happen when your playing on the road in the NBA.  Overshadowed by the late heroics of the former Heater, James and Wade both had very good outings.  LeBron hit for 26 points, but was noticeably absent late in the game.  DWade, in his first game back after missing a few with a foot injury, led all scorers with 34 points.  Tonight the team travels to L.A. to play the Clippers, in what figures to be a tough test for the Heat.  Both teams are coming off of a loss and the Clippers will be amped up.  New additions Chris Paul an Caron Butler have teamed up with Blake Griffin to establish what many feel is an elite team.  Only o

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