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HEAT SEND OFF DWIGHT WITH A SMILE

Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Mar 14 2012 @ 12:44 am In Miami Heat | 3 Comments

The Miami Heat lost to the Magic in Orlando on Tuesday night, 104-98.  Dwight Howard had a huge game, scoring 24 points while grabbing 25 boards, but most of his fans could care less about the Magic winning the game.  They would like to know if this was his last game with Orlando.  Fans in Miami do care about the loss though, the team’s second to Mr. Howard and company this year(1-2).  The Heat have now lost 2 of 3 to both the Magic and the Milwaukee Bucks.  There is a reason for it.

When the Heat get beat up on the glass, they generally lose.  If Miami lets a team jack up a bunch of 3′s, they usually fall.  Both Orlando and Milwaukee have used these two aspects of the game to give the Heat all kinds of problems.  Take in to account that the Magic shot almost 50% from the field, compared to the Heat’s 44%, and it’s a minor miracle that this game went to OT.  The only thing that kept Miami in the game was their defense.  They kept the pressure on throughout the game and forced Orlando in to 24 turnovers.

Individually, some of the guys played very well for the Heat.  DWade dropped in 28 points, while Chris Bosh added 23, with both of them shooting over 50% from the field.  LeBron looked a little off.  His numbers weren’t awful(19 pts, 11 reb, 8 asst), but he just didn’t ever really get it going.  Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers brought great energy on defense, but were pretty ineffective on the offensive end.  The Heat also missed Mike Miller, who didn’t even travel with the team due to his sprained ankle.

The good news for Miami is that there is a good chance that if they have to play Orlando in the playoffs, Dwight Howard won’t be in a Magic uniform.  Where will Superman end up?  I would say New Jersey and Dallas have the best chance to land him, while the Lakers are last on the list.  I have never believed that Howard wanted to follow almost exactly in Shaq’s footsteps.  There is a better chance of him staying in Orlando, than him leaving to play with Kobe.  If however, the Magic wanted to trade Superman for a King, Miami has one of those to offer.  Not sure Pat Riley will go for that though.

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