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NBA Playoffs: Heat win Game 1, but Bosh injured

May 13, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One Getty Images

After the 1st half of Game 1 of the Pacers-Heat series, things did not look good for the defending conference champions. Miami couldn’t get anything going offensively, Roy Hibbert was beating them up inside, and Indiana was moving the ball crisply to get good looks. Miami was able to keep the game close thanks to Indiana’s foul problems, but the Heat were clearly getting outplayed.

To make matters even worse, Chris Bosh, who had the best 1st half of any of the big 3, was forced to leave the game after he strained his abdominal while dunking and getting fouled.

The only way for the Heat to turn things around in the second half was to have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Bosh’s replacements step up, and that’s exactly what happened. James remembered that he’s a 3-time MVP in the second quarter, and started absolutely destroying the Pacers with tough drives to the hoop, pinpoint passes, some midrange jumpers, absolutely great work on the glass, and flat-out suffocating defense on Danny Granger, who finished the game with 7 points on 1-10 shooting from the field.

Wade was relentless as well — his shot wasn’t really falling for him on Sunday, and he didn’t grab a single rebound, but he went to the line seven times and made 13 of his 14 free throws, which helped the Heat get in the bonus while keeping the Pacers in foul trouble for the vast majority of the game.

What may have been even more important for the Heat was the play of Joel Anthony and Ronny Turiaf, who have both spent considerable portions of this season out of the rotation entirely. With Bosh injured and Udonis Haslem completely ineffective, Miami’s high-energy bigs stepped up and saved the game for Miami. Even though Indiana came into the game with a significant size advantage, Miami outscored the Pacers 52-40 in the painted area on Sunday, and somehow grabbed 15 offensive rebounds while Indiana managed to grab only 30 defensive boards. On top of that, Turiaf and Anthony actually managed to make an impact offensively, finding seams in the basket and catching and dunking when the opportunities were there.

This is going to be a tough one for Indiana to take — they led for much of the way, and had a tie game coming into the fourth quarter, but missed a rare opportunity to steal a game on the road from a team as good as the Heat.

On Miami’s side of things, they have to be hoping that Chris Bosh can get back to 100% as soon as possible. LeBron and Wade going into overdrive in the 2nd half and Turiaf and Anthony having great games saved the Heat in Game 1, but the Heat will need Bosh going forward, especially if their secondary perimeter players continue to do as badly as they did on Sunday. The Heat should be happy with this win, but they should also be very nervous about the health of the 3rd member of their all-important “big three.”

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 13, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    5

  2. canehouse - May 13, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Big blow to the Heat… lower abdominal strains are tricky and lengthy recovery. Bosh is most likely done for the entire playoffs. Of course I am assuming that this his strain is a severe one… due to watching Chris labor big time while running down the court and he was unable to defend Hibbert at all. Hopefully my assumption is wrong!!! GO HEAT!!!!

  3. soflasfinest - May 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    LBJ was simply amazing today. 32 points, 15 boards and 5 assists oh and shutting down granger holding him to 1-10 shooting. NBD. I will say our bench needs to step the f up and quick

  4. koloofai - May 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    All that pre game trash talk from Vogel made me laugh.. $15000 later lol

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - May 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Typical refs swaying the game — 3rd quarter. YAWN.

    • bils293 - May 13, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Is your real name Dan Gilbert? You take hating to a whole new level. It’s pathetic.

    • blueintown - May 13, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      Seriously, dude. Bils is right. We get it. Everytime the Heat lose it’s because they are talentless hacks, and everytime they win it’s because of the refs. I realize this keen eye of yours was primarily honed in the 90’s watching the Knicks lose to the Bulls (because of the refs, I’m sure) over and over and over again, but it’s time to grow up and place accountability in the proper perspective.

      • mornelithe - May 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

        Well…obviously anyone who says the Heat have no talent are complete fanboy’s and deserve absolutely no consideration in any conversation. However, the disparity in fouls called, is certainly worthy of mentioning.

        I may not be a fan of the Heat, but it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the skill that’s ALL over their team.

      • blueintown - May 13, 2012 at 9:22 PM

        The refs are literally the only thing Wright ever mentions. Games are not won or lost on referees, ever. It’s simply a convenient crutch for the losers to lean on.

        However, regarding the foul disparity, it’s not rocket science. Miami’s best player scores around thirty points per game by slashing to the basket. The best way to stop a freight train who can either fly by you or jump over you is to foul him like crazy. It’s the same with Wade. He’s one of the all-time great 2-guards, but he doesn’t shoot worth a lick. His game is similar in that he has to attack to succeed. The guys who attack get fouled, the guys who play on the perimeter don’t. All of the all-time greats spend a lot of time at the free throw line. There’s a reason for that, other than the NBA not liking the Knicks for whatever reason, which is what Wright would have you believe.

      • mornelithe - May 13, 2012 at 9:57 PM

        While I don’t really follow Mr Wright’s comments, I have to disagree here. In a game where 9 fouls separate the two teams, in a game that is separated by 9 points, it’s quite obvious that fouls could’ve certainly influenced the games outcome.

        It’s also worth noting that the Pacer’s led the Heat for the majority of the game, despite the foul calls. And that the Heat had 10 extra FT opportunities than the Pacers. Was there something going on? Who knows, but it’s worthy of mention.

      • blueintown - May 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

        Fair enough, it may be worth mention. But it has a very logical explanation. The Heat have two of the greatest attack-the-rim players in the history of the game, a rarity in the NBA. The Pacers do not. There’s no foul quota or requirement that the refs must call the same amount of fouls both ways. A foul is a foul and will be called as such, regardless of the net advantage to the opponent. In fact, that’s kind of the point. I take umbrage with this bemoaning of foul disparity because it is the latest excuse de jure for Heat “haters”.

    • bknowledge - May 13, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      I only starting watching 3rd quarter on, but my impression was Wade hooked his man on every drive to the basket…and the refs never called it…there was that cheap offensive foul call…when Lebron dribbles, he swipes with his off-hand at his defender- they never call that either…

      Unless you’re Gallinari and you swipe at Gasol- Gasol who was allowed to hand check dribblers on saturday- also in the third quarter…

      NBA has been bought….

      • passerby23 - May 13, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        This is nothing new. The great players either get away with all kinds of stuff or they get rewarded with cheap foul calls. Kobe gets away with push-offs and gets rewarded with touch fouls, just as Jordan did, and Lebron does, and Malone did, and on down the line. It’s not an NBA or ref conspiracy, it’s just a natural tendency for refs to call it that way towards great players. They will, of course, call the obvious on the great players (in which they will freak out like they are entitled to every call their way), but generally reffing has always sided towards elite players.

  6. DonRSD - May 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Where is James Jones!!??
    Rhys a person who can spread the floor, he is lethal from 3 point range.

    • hoopshort - May 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      He must be coaches doghouse, not getting much floor time.

  7. miamatt - May 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Thank you Mr. Vogel, for sending the message to your team that it’s all about the refs. You will be chewed up and spit out this round, Bosh or no.

  8. 91devinhester23 - May 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    now if lebron would just suffer a season ending injury it would be about even with the bulls

    • southbeachtalent - May 14, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      sickening comment.

      And no it wouldn’t be the same we also have a fellow named Dawyne Wade. He’s not too shabby.

      Keep on pricking ur voo doo doll…

  9. edwardsro - May 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Refs handed that one to the heat

    • southbeachtalent - May 14, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      Clearly. I have a suspicion that all Heat victories are because of the refs. Has nothing to do with having one of the most talented teams.

  10. diehardcubbiefan4life - May 13, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    The Basketball Gods are evening it out with the Bulls and Heat.

  11. addictedzone - May 13, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    32 pts,15 boards, 5 assists and played smothering defense, but he turned the ball over once. That James kid isn’t much.

  12. isujames - May 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Over in 4

  13. isujames - May 13, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    D Wade + L James = Championship w or w/o C Bosh.

  14. mornelithe - May 13, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Have no vested interest in either team, but if a game ended with the Celtics having 22 fouls versus 31 on the opposite team….you’d be hearing references to home cooking everywhere. Amusing how it’s completely baseless when it’s the Heat.

  15. mungman69 - May 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    You people who blame the refs are all fined $15,000. Pay me when you can.

  16. xli2006 - May 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    The Refs can have Game 1, but let the Players decide the series.

  17. dirtmcgirt413 - May 13, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Mr wright….. GET A LIFE! Every basketball article wouldn’t be complete without you crying about the officials … Really, it’s the nba, it’s the way it is. Stop watching/reading/commenting if you hate it so much. You big fat cry baby!

  18. finsfan71 - May 13, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Mungman69 that was HILARIOUS!

    • thestudiokida - May 13, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      You know there’s a reply button. He’ll never see what you just wrote.

      • davidly - May 14, 2012 at 5:00 AM

        Hey, basskitbawlfreeck74yo, I am agree!

  19. cdog0o7 - May 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    I never complain about the refs – but they were consistently bad tonight.

    You mean to tell me, as physical as Lebron and Wade play, that NEITHER of them committed a could until 9 minutes left in the game?

    Give me a break.

    • youngmachete - May 13, 2012 at 9:58 PM

      Today we learned that being in touch with reality makes you a “hater,” boys & girls…

      • southbeachtalent - May 14, 2012 at 8:25 AM

        You mean like Granger 1 for 10? Or were the regs guarding him as well?

        I tend to stick to reality and not conspiracy theories. It tends to work out better that way.

  20. cdog0o7 - May 13, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    committed a foul*

  21. asublimeday - May 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Good.

  22. asublimeday - May 14, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Calling Wade one of the all time great 2 guards is absurd. But, consider the author.

  23. asublimeday - May 14, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Today we learned that being in touch with reality makes you a “hater,” boys & girls…
    ———
    People who use the word “hater” are either unintelligent or intentionally being obnoxious. Either way, as with any moron looking for attention, ignore them.

    • davidly - May 14, 2012 at 5:02 AM

      Oh yeah? I’m tellin’!

  24. southbeachtalent - May 14, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    So we can just chalk up the championship I guess. Apparently the refs are going to give it to us! Nice to know !

    LOSERS: always blaming everyone else for their lack of success.

    News flash….. If a player drives the ball more than another player and happens to be one of the best finishers in the history of the sport he will most likely draw more fouls. If ur chucking shots from the perimeter you will obviously receive less contact. Thats how that works. Not complex at all, just frustrating apparently.

  25. dysraw1 - May 14, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    been a ball player all my life, the 1 thing i was told early ignore the refs. my coaches said play the game the 1 who puts it in hoop more wins

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