Miami Advance to Conference Finals

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Quick thought on Pat Riley’s Heat: If Mike Miller hadn’t been injured so often since becoming a Heatling, and if he had performed to his career standards as a shooter, would the Heat be defending champions favored to win their second title in a row? Would anyone be questioning Riley’s team-building acumen or LeBron’s heart under pressure?

I just ask because when Mike’s draining threes like he did last night, it totally changes the spacing and complexion of a game. The Heat were unstoppable last night despite the fact that their two best big men were MIA. Yes they got a herculean game from Wade and James’s average brilliant play as well, but look how easy it was for the two of them with the floor spaced properly. I have to think this was what Pat had in mind from the beginning.

Stat note: The Heat were +9 for the 22 minutes that Miller played and -4 for the 40 minutes that Battier played. If Miller could move from side to side or actually run right now, that would probably help this group.

A fond farewell to the Pacers, who dominated the boards and did a good job pounding the ball inside but just couldn’t get the stops they needed to stay in the game last night. Normally when they score over 90 points they have a shot, but the Heat weren’t missing anything last night.

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3 Responses to “Miami Advance to Conference Finals”

  1. Chris Ross Says:

    You can’t ask for too much more out of a 2nd round series. I guess I could ask for a Heat loss but at least we got a series that was close. We got some good games out of it and the Pacers put the Heat to the test. The Heat deserved this series and it’s just amazing to watch the amazing abilities of Lebron James and Dwayne Wade. They did it without Chris Bosh and did it handily after game 3. It’s going to be interesting to see who they face in the NBA finals, yes, NBA finals. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I really want to know what you have to say http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/importance-of-stars-in-nba/

    • boyer Says:

      We would be questioning lebron’s heart if the heat won last year because he still wouldn’t have had any heart. He just rolled over, again. I thought the heat might win this year, and they still might, but it seems unlikely that they will beat the thunder or the spurs, unless some serious injuries happen to those teams.

      The pacers just aren’t that good. The east is extremely weak this year. The heat are having a cakewalk to the finals. While the pacers put up a good fight, it’s the pacers. They have a nice deep team like the bulls, except the pacers don’t have a star, and the bulls defense is way better.

  2. pmadavi Says:

    Pacers played great the first half of the series. I think they psyched themselves out with all the physical stuff and the trash talking to an extent. But mostly, LeBron and Wade went Herculean on them. That’s almost impossible to overcome. You need Spur and Thunder level game to combat that.

    There is a sense though, if you are Wade and Bron, that you only have so many of those Herculean efforts in you . . .

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