The Miami Heat came in to tonight’s game with Memphis riding a season-long twelve game winning streak. The longest streak since the Bosh-James-Wade merger back in 2010, and the second longest in franchised history. During this run Chris Bosh was good, Dwyane Wade was great, and LeBron has been otherworldly, so the Heat have been unstoppable. Not the case tonight. Wade led the way with 22 points and was efficient(9-16 FG), but certainly not superb. Chris Bosh was pretty average(13 pts, 6-12 FG) and Bron was awful for 3 1/2 quarters. He appeared to be building a house with all of the bricks he was throwing up, and halfway through the 4th he was stuck in single digits scoring with 7 points. The fact that he finished with 18 points and 10 assists is a testament to the fact that this year, unlike years past he doesn’t seem to get too discouraged when he is having a rough game. In fact, the play of the game was the 3-pt shot he knocked down with less than 30 seconds left that really sealed the game. That is a shot he never would have taken in the past when he was struggling so mightily. He made it and the Heat beat the Grizzlies, 98-91.
This game was plenty ugly for both teams shooting the basketball. Memphis shot at less than 43% for the game, while Miami was at 46.6%. The Heat number doesn’t sound so bad until you realize that they were 10-19 from 3-pt land(52.6%), which certainly help their overall shooting percentage. The 3-pt shooting of Miami, especially Shane Battier(4-5 FG, all from behind the arc), is what won them the game. These offensive struggles shouldn’t be too surprising, however, as both of these teams are great defensively.
The Memphis Grizzlies have the type of team that can beat the Heat. In one game, sure, but in a series, probably not. The truth is that right now, nobody is good enough to beat this team in a 7-game series. The Heat are nearly unbeatable when Wade and James are playing at their best, but if they can win when one of those guys is off, they are even more likely to repeat. Magic Johnson even said it on ESPN, ” if you want to repeat as NBA Champions, you have to win these types of games.” The Heat won and now own a 13-game winning streak, and maybe the most impressive part of this run is that 6 of those 13 wins have come against teams that are playoff teams right now. No question, right now Miami is scary-good.
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...).