People look forward to Memorial Day weekend for a lot of reasons. A three-day weekend is always nice and this holiday always is always the setting for the Indianapolis 500, known as the biggest spectacle in sports. On this Sunday there were actually two races. Tony Kanaan won the Indy in the afternoon, then the nightcap was a track meet in which the Heat simply blew by the Pacers, 114-96.
Miami jumped out to a 34-30 lead at the end of the 1st quarter behind an incredibly efficient offensive effort from the whole team and never looked back. Every starter for the Heat finished in double figures including surprising 17 point effort from Udonis Haslem. Miami set two records that really demonstrate just how efficient they were. They scored 70 points in the 1st half, which is a team franchise record. They also had only 5 turnovers for the entire game. Just an incredibly low number.
Several Heat players were asked to explain the turnaround after having two very tight games in Miami, Game 2 being a 97-93 loss at the AAA. James talked about ball movement and playing as a team. Dwyane Wade pointed out the in addition to Haslem’s huge game, the low number of turnovers let the Heat set up their defense in the half court which makes it harder for Indiana execute offensive plays. Maybe the most important lesson for this game though is people(i.e. the media) need to quit overreacting to just one game. ”Experts” are so anxious to prop up one team or bury another they jump on a bandwagon before the band. The Spurs and Heat will probably meet in The Finals, yet San Antonio was declared an underdog after dropping Game 2 against Golden State in round 2, and many of those same people also picked them to lose to Memphis(Spurs are currently up 3-0). The Miami Heat were declared “in trouble” heading in to tonight’s game, and the Pacers’ just had too big of an advantage in the various match-ups. 114-96. Miami and San Antonio have combined for five of the last ten championships and it’s because they present plenty of match-up issues for other teams too.
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...).