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Game of the Night: The Heat get destroyed

Mar 5, 2011, 12:28 AM EDT

Parker Bibby

The Heat’s recent losses have almost all come down to the wire. The team’s seeming inability to execute in late-game situations is a major concern, but the losses could still be explained away. The Heat’s previous 7 losses had come by an average of less than four points, and they hadn’t lost a game that LeBron played in by more than six points since November. The Heat weren’t where they wanted to be, but the games they lost had come down to one missed shot, one defensive lapse, one questionable call.

That wasn’t the case on Friday night. The Heat were coming off a massive collapse against the Orlando Magic, and were not in the correct mindset to be playing the toughest game on their schedule. The Heat were on the back end of a back-to-back, and the Spurs were 28-2 at home. The Heat were going to need to bring their absolute A game to have a chance. To put things plainly, they didn’t.

The Spurs blitzed the Heat with a 36-12 first quarter, and although the Heat put up a bit of a fight in the second quarter, the Spurs didn’t lose control of the game the way the Heat had against the Magic. Miami’s “big three” combined for 62 points, but they were no match for San Antonio’s balanced attack. Eight San Antonio players scored in double figures, including all five of their starters, and San Antonio made 17 of its 28 three-point attempts.

The Heat need to go back to the drawing board, and fast: they have a date with the Bulls on Sunday, and games against the Blazers and Lakers next week. The Heat will be in the playoffs, and they will be dangerous, but you have to wonder what effect loss after loss to the best team in the league will have on them when the games really count.

Meanwhile, it’s time to start acknowledging the Spurs as the best team in basketball. They are 51-11, the Heat are the only team with a better scoring margin (although that may have just changed), and they just beat the Heat by 30 points. We won’t know any of this for sure until the playoffs are over, but right now the Spurs look like the team the Heat were supposed to be.

  1. digitalpoo - Mar 5, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    Dont worry.. Lebron is “reFOCUSED”

    • zackd2 - Mar 5, 2011 at 11:37 AM

      WAR!

  2. silencegooddoer - Mar 5, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Let me guess……”You guys are STILL a work in progress???” Maybe if these guys would worry about thier game as much as they do about thier social media they might beat someone. Did they beat MJ’s 70 win season yet like promissed??? Can we officially declare this a failure yet??? It was old before the season started… It is down-right painful now. Funny how the ESPN media is too afraid to not kiss thier asses.
    “I AM WITTNESS!”

  3. progress2011 - Mar 5, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    O.K. I tried to support the minority coach ( Spoelstra ). But he should be fired IMMEDIATELY ! The Spurs ran the same pick and pop play all night. The PG would dribble to the top of the key, the center or power forward would pick the defender. The PG would just go stand in the corner, while his Miami defender rotated to the paint. Spoelstra NEVER made an adjustment !

    BANG…….WIDE OPEN 3 !

    THE SPURS MADE 17 WIDE OPEN 3s !!!

    I question if he has more than one play in his play book for offense or defense ! Essentially he is enjoying some success because he has the best player in the league on his team LBJ !

    • passerby23 - Mar 5, 2011 at 4:06 AM

      For a while it seemed the firing of Spoelstra was wild premature hyperbole, but with each passing game, I’m starting to wonder too. Could we see a repeat of 2006 when Riley ousted Van Gundy?

  4. frankvzappa - Mar 5, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    hopefully when the finals get here the oddsmakers will agree with you that the Spurs are the best team, that way i can make a fortune on the celtics

  5. wakiash - Mar 5, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Wonder where Lebron will be next year in his quest for a ring?

  6. silencegooddoer - Mar 5, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    I wonder if thier ego is actually letting them see that it takes a complete “TEAM” with chemistry to win?

  7. beantownsports247 - Mar 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Heat are never going anywhere in the NBA with the bench that they have , Spurs just set a blue print on how to defend Lebron , take the charge when he goes to the basket just looking to get a call from the ref. Not going to work come playoff time and that 1 on 1 offense they have isn’t going to cut it when they are playing the celtics or bulls.

  8. mrcowpatty - Mar 5, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Another game, another paycheck. Yawn…………….

  9. golfjackal - Mar 5, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    I don’t understand how LeBron can still be considered the best player in the league when hasn’t accomplished anything of significance. He took his talents to D-Wade’s team to be DW side kick…and they’re not any good. They have proven time and again that they can’t beat the elite teams in the league.

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