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Postgame Breakdown: Heat 107, Blazers 100

This was the Heat's supporting cast at its best. No doubt about it. Heat_Trail_Wade

This is how you want to open a four-game Western conference swing and put behind consecutive home losses to Boston and Washington. Adversity? What adversity?

In perhaps its most impressive performance of the season, the Heat cruised to a 107-100 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden on Tuesday. Dwyane Wade notched his first double-double of the season, while Michael Beasley and Quentin Richardson both turned in season-high scoring efforts to snap a four-game losing streak against the Blazers.

With the win, the Heat (10-7) avenged its worst loss of the season last year in a 106-68 loss at Portland. The victory also assured that Miami will return home from the four-game trip with at least a .500 record.

The Heat needed this one. Badly. Now, a 2-2 finish on the trip isn't so far fetched. All it has to do is figure out a way to steal another one from either Denver, the Lakers or Sacramento. The Heat is now 4-2 on the road, which is better than its 6-5 mark at home this season.   

D. WADE'S DOINGS: Wade did a masterful job of managing the game while facing a Portland defense that was intent on taking away his lanes to the basket. Instead, Wade shifted to point guard in the third quarter and picked apart the Blazers while finding teammates. Along the way, he accumulated his first double-double of the season with 22 points and a season-high 12 assists. Michael Beasley and Quentin Richardson, who finished with 20 points in his return to the starting lineup from a back injury, were the main recipients of Wade's playmaking skills. It goes without saying that the Heat's starting shooting guard is the best point guard on the team. Imagine the possibilities if Wade truly embraced the role.

TURNING POINT: That came the moment Heat coach Erik Spoelstra learned the Blazers would be without Heat_Trail_Nateboth LaMarcus Aldridge and Travis Outlaw because of injuries. Aldridge and Outlaw, a pair of long, athletic, attacking and aggressive forwards, are the type of players who give the Heat fits on both ends of the court. Beasley didn't have to defend or shoot over the 6-11 Aldridge. Wade and Richardson didn't have to deal with the long-armed Outlaw. Portland still dominated the offensive glass, but didn't have two of its better finishers in the lane. Coach Nate McMillan was playing with a short deck a few other options.

WINNING EDGE: Balance. Neither of Miami's first two scorers to reach 20 points were named Dwyane Wade. Beasley got there early in the third quarter and Richardson, who had 20 points and nine rebounds, followed midway through the fourth. This clearly was the Heat's most complete and promising game of the season. The roster lived up to its fullest potential, considering the circumstances and rotation limitations. There was movement in the offensive sets. Wade got off the ball, swinging it frequently to the weak side, where shooters made shots in key moments. Beasley was a beast in the lane again and didn't settle for jumpers. Every bit of Tuesday's offense will be needed Thursday in Denver, which scored 135 points in a win Tuesday.

HEAD SCRATCHER: If there was one curious aspect from Tuesday's game, it was the frequent shots of Daequan Cook sitting on the floor in front of the bench. If Cook, who remains mired in an awful shooting slump, isn't careful, he might be watching yet another opportunity slip away. The Heat used 10 players against the Blazers. The two who dressed but didn't play were Cook and center Jamaal Magloire. In just a short span, Cook has gone from being on his way to securing the sixth-man role (or first guard off the bench) to being the Heat's 11th man on the active roster. A shoulder injury has stunted his development this season, but 29-percent shooting from the field also has been a factor.

KEY CONTRIBUTION: Michael Beasley has established himself as a force in the offense, without havingHeat_Trail_Beas to force shots at the expense of team chemistry. Beasley had 18 points in the first half. He closed with 27 points and eight rebounds. But the most encouraging aspect of his performance were his trips to the free-throw line as a result of aggressive drives to the basket. When Beas is going strong, he can't possibly go wrong. Beasley attempted his 10th free throw just two minutes into the second half, which matched his career high, and then set it with 12 attempts for the game.  He came in averaging 17 points and nine rebounds over his previous six games. If he can keep this up, Wade's three-year search for a consistent sidekick might soon come to a productive and promising end. Beasley continues to find his way on the other end of the court, but it's clearly apparent that his offensive firepower is starting to far overshadow any defensive deficiencies.  

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is this the difference beasley does when given minutes and plays call for him?.I wonder why beasley has so many haters starting from mr michael wallace.If haslem was the 1 with 27/9 tonite then he would be in the 1st picture not wade.Sorry, but i couldnt resist lol

is this the difference beasley does when given minutes and plays call for him?.I wonder why beasley has so many haters starting from mr michael wallace.If haslem was the 1 with 27/9 tonite then he would be in the 1st picture not wade.Sorry, but i couldnt resist lol

Posted by: lequeenLames | December 02, 2009 at 01:10 AM

No its ok. Wallace is a documented Beasley hater. He hated writing this article tonight because his boy Haslem was useless tonight. I'm sooooo happy Spo decided to start Beasley this year because if he didn't Beasley would of gone into deep depression by now.

P.S. Wallace keep the updates flowing man, no more vacations you got a lot of ground to cover to catch up with the Sun Sentinel. You can't send your cronies to do your work for you and go on vaca. Competition is a good thing step up your game.

WE GOT TO HAVE BEASLEY MORE TIME!!! WE NEED HIM TO CLOSE GAMES!!!IF ONLY WE COULD TRADE A SOLID POINT GUARD MORE LIKELY *MONTA ELLIS...

WHAT IF WE TRADE...

HASLEM,CHALMERS,Q-RICH + TRADE EXEMPTION 4.2M FROM TORONTO THAT WE HAVE... TO:

(WARRIORS)*ELLIS & BIEDRINS...


COOK & QUINN... TO:
(PORTLAND) ^BAYLESS,J.

MAGLOIRE,JONES,DIAWARA + DRAFT RIGHTS OF DOZIER & BEVERLY with THE 2ND ROUND PICK 2010... TO:
(MEMPHIS) >RUDY GAY & >MARC GASOL...

RILEY WANT A "TEAM DYNASTY" SO I THINK THIS COULD BE THE PIECES TO SURROUND D.WADE TO BE A CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER AGAIN...

line-up:

pg *ellis (sg) / ^bayless / arroyo
sg wade
sf >gay / d.wright
pf beasley (sf) / >m.gasol / randolph
c o'neal,j.(pf) / *biedrins / anthony,j.

rotation:

pg ellis
sg wade
sf beasley
pf o'neal
c biedrins

if wade on rest:

sg ellis
pg bayless
sf gay
pf beasley
c biedrins

(run-gun play)

sg wade
pg ellis
sf gay
pf beasley
c biedrins

on the otherhand we have still 2 1st round draft pick on 2010 class...

thoughts???

P.S. Wallace keep the updates flowing man, no more vacations you got a lot of ground to cover to catch up with the Sun Sentinel. You can't send your cronies to do your work for you and go on vaca. Competition is a good thing step up your game.

Posted by: Ed E Jones | December 02, 2009 at 01:31 AM


I agree Mike. It's seem like every other week your on vacation. Winderman kicking ur a** over at the Sentinel. Actually I'm pretty shock there is a postgame breakdownn. I guess I'll see you next week Mike (even though the Heat play Thursday) oh well guess I'll be reading Ira blogs as usual.....

Dead Weight Spo is such a sleaze ball. He continue to F with Beasley's head. After everything Beas did in the game, he yanks him out in the home stretch. Who cares about the win if Dead Weight Spo is causing long term damage to Beasley's head?

Pat Riley should fire Dead Weight Spo!

Riley missed his second and final chance to sign AI;
With AI, you have a scoring trio of Wade, Beasley, and AI. ( IN THAT ORDER)
Send Chalmers to the bench as a back-up where he belongs next to U.D.
The team above reaches the second round or more;
The team NOW, as exists, leaves in the first round like last year.

Why did Spo sit Beasley in the first half when he was on fire? Why did Spo bench Beasley at the end of the game when this was easily one of the best games of his career while Haslem had an unproductive night? FIRE SPO. A real coach would have Beasley much further along by now.

"The victory also assured that Miami will return home from the four-game trip with at least a .500 record."
How do you figure, Wallace? Denver, Lakers, Sacramento, all playing extremely well at home. IF they play like they did at portland, that's a big maybe, but not "assured" like you say in your article.
GO HEAT!!! hope they play like this every night

well, good win guys... i think wade playing a more well rounded performance like this will help this squad on this road trip... we need a point who understands how to run an nba offense,... sometimes you have to be aggressive and sometimes you have to setup teammates so they can shine as well, this was a great showing... although i would rather see you as the two, you played a great one in that one... but on another note; everyone has to bring it, these teams out west are balling, so stop the i and keep the we and things can work... play with and for each other.... good things could happen... the trade talk, out the window this week, just win.. everybody, just win...

although i said no trade talk this week, i would like to say, don't just let that exception go to waste... camby, see if maybe d-wright, exception, dozier, beverly, or something like that... no ai... although it would have look good on paper.. keep beasley shining... another thing; qrich on the low block, atleast two times a quarter...

Very fun game to watch. The Heat showed great potential.

For a review of this game and others visit
www.blogmiamiheat.com

I don't get the whole Cook thing. Annual FG%

2007 - 2008 38.1%
2008 - 2009 37.5%
2009 - 2010 29.0%

Cook shoots us out of games more than he shoots us into games. Any decent coach can see that. Dead Weight Spo on the other hand ...

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Been waiting for a night when Beaz scores more than Wade and we win. Good glimpse of a promising future.

GOHEAT!

Spo is such a jerk... No coach in his right mind would pull a hot player in any part of the game... especially at the end of a game.
The worst of the available coaches would be better than Spo. He never praises Bease and always ready to find fault instead. He hates to see Bease score more than Wade. Evem tho Wade has fed him his shots. Riley should wise up and dump Spo as the Heat's coach. Make him a trainer instead. If I had my way I'd send Spo to Alaska as a scout.

Thought it was a great TEAM game last night. Wade stopped throwing up garbage except for those foul shots at end of game and this looked like the Heat that started 3-0 this year. Q played great and Beasley looked fantastic passing on the Js and driving to the hoop. It certainly helped not having Aldridge to deal with that was for sure. Not sure why Beas was benched at end of game. I really dont. We still need another scorer other than Wade at end of games. Spos and Wades philosophy is if it is under 2:00 to go only Wade can shoot unless he is triple teamed. Imagine the end of game possibilities with Wade being double teamed and a scorer like Beas on the floor???? I Love Haslem but his time is up being the main PF. He is a good role player off of bench but you ride the hot hand at the end of the game. Beas could put up these numbers consistently if Wade feeds him and he gets the minutes. Haslem cannot put up these numbers consistently. When is the brass in Miami going to let Beas loose like last night?

Spo is afraid of Wade;
Wade says the word Spo is back to
Oregon coaching YMCA basketball.
(WHERE HE IS BEST QUALIFIED)

now why would anyone want to be a scout in anchorage.... hey, i went to east... hell with bartlett... guy was that dude...

i think more young guys don't understand how putting time in to get a leg to stand on means playing hard and being a true pro... hey i could be wrong...

LET THE BEAST LOOSE!!I agree that Beasley a #2 pick in the draft has been handled by the heat all wrong.The heat who have problems scoring put an offensive beast on the bench then wonder why we can't score more than 80 points a game are you kidding me?!!It was a great team game last night and a great win to start the road trip.Hope we keep it up. LETS GO HEAT!!!!

yall know something? maybe i was wrong about that beasley... lets see what he does in the next couple of games...

mike wallace - thank you for the recap. as a portland resident and part-time blazers fan, i had to abstain from watching this game. but i am a long-time heat fan, and glad the heat won.

beazly fans - you guys suck. nobody hates the beaz, it's just that some of us judge him on results rather than potential. great game for him last night, and we are all happy to see it. stop complaining about the imaginary people that don't like him. you're worse than sarah palin.

fake trade people - knock it off. the warriors are not trading us their two best players for q.rich and dorrell. the grizzlies are not trading us rudy gay and marc gasol. stop. seriously, just stop.

spo haters - you are the toughest for me to complain about. i've had my problems with spo. but this team is starting to come together a little bit. he got us back into the playoffs last year, let's see where he takes us this year

and you, spo - get beaz and udonis on the floor together already. they are the second and third best players on this team, and they both have to play during crunch time. figure out a way to make it happen, and you will silence all the critics (except the fake-trade people). otherwise, you will be slapping together playoff-lineups at the last minute, just like last year

as for me - i am hoping that this team finds some chemistry on this road trip. they've got a lot of talent, and need to figure out how to fit all the pieces together. no better time to do that then on a road-trip. game 1 was a success, but portland was missing their second best player. lets see a good showing against the nuggets and lakers. get a win against the kings. and bring some of that d-wade/b-easy chemistry home for the rest of the season

Sheesh. If someone ever needed reasons NOT to imitate SFL's resident know-nothing, see the fine & not-so-fine whines above.

Newsflash: Per overwhelming fan request, the league decided to rescind Miami's win over Portland last night because Michael Beasley was not on the floor for EVERY minute of the 4th.

That's how RIDICULOUS Beasley onanizing has become.

Totally unbecoming. Unbecomingly surreal.

And if Beasley himself declared he needed a blow or that he saw it, got it & bought it -- "it" being PORTLAND'S decision to go small after McMillian reinserted Webster for Howard midway thru the 4th -- leaving a Blazer lineup of Roy-Webster-Blake-Miller + Oden -- which Spo then countered with his double-substitution (Haslem for Jones, Chalmers for Beas) AFTER POR got off an 8-4 run??????

Check the replay. Beasley just had another shot blocked, may have been fatigued, would've been further fatigued or even "blamed" for UNREALISTIC cover assignments on the smaller, quicker likes of Roy, Webster, Miller or Blake (O'Neal had Oden for the entire 4th).

I'd agree Haslem for Jones *was* a mistake as Jones is a better cover choice against Roy or Webster with the added hindsight of Haslem's non or even negative impact to finish the game.

However, Ira Windyman is exhibit A in how NOT to cover pro basketball no matter how diligent or hard working (see, wheels, spinning).

IW NEVER has and still does NOT understand basketball at any competitive level except pinball pinging fantasy leagues (cf. whither Iverson, whether Stackhouse?).

Exhibit B: IW's latest whiplash mood swing that all is well with Chalmers just because Rio dropped 30 the other week. Hello? Chalmers made his rep on clutch scoring as a collegian and showed the same on several occasions as a rook. Rio OBVIOUSLY plays as his coaches instruct and/or as Wade "normally" prefers. I've no doubt Rio could easily score 20 a night given a green light. But would he be as efficient and effective doing the other things Heat points are required to provide?

Yeah. Watch (or read) enough IW and YOU TOO will soon believe the sun revolves around the earth, Stackhouse is the latest answer, PHI will surely reprise the Sixers of 2000-01, Beasley a martyr to mismanagement & franchise persecution following the sainted likes of Derrick Coleman, Isiah Rider, Jerry Stackhouse, Bonzi Wells, Glenn Robinson...

Hunch: Beasley's developing just fine and in all likelihood, MUCH faster, efficiently and MORE completely than he could with any other franchise who has yet to win a ring under current management.

Despite Spo's (school of hard knocks) coaching style, Beasely continues to show improvement. Hopefully he will be able to stay on the floor in the 4Q even in close games. And staying with coaching... anytime a player is struggling, as is the case with Cook, what's the best way of getting a player out of a shooting slump? The simple answer is: he plays through it. Can you imagine Spo not playing DWade because he's going through a shooting slump? Cook has talent both as a pure shooter and playmaker, but he needs sustained minutes in actual games--not practice scrimmages. Either play the kid or trade him.

"Cook has talent both as a pure shooter - Redbaby"

Cook Annual FG%
2007 - 2008 38.1%
2008 - 2009 37.5%
2009 - 2010 29.0%

Numbers don't lie. Cook sucks. Not just kinda sucks but he sucks pretty bad. He doesn't even belong to the bench on any other NBA team with those percentages.

Dead Weight Spo on the other hand loves his double standards. Put a crappy player on the floor and sit our 2nd best player.

Michael you are the worst sports writer in South Florida. Its amazing how many other sports writers cover every game of the Heat yet for some reason you can't do that. Please Miami Herald, bring in another guy who can actually cover the Heat better then this idiot.

The Herald or the Sentinel should take a poll ...

Ira Winderman vs. Michael Wallace

and the winner by KO in the 15th round goes to ...

Pugmeister--a few facts:
1)Cook is only 22 years old and has time to improve his shooting percentage. DWade wasn't much older when he started in the NBA and his shooting was not great either.
2)His second year shooting average was 37.5%, but his 3 point percentage was a solid 39%--and that's what his designated role was.
3)Cook has been hurt most of season and has only played in 11 games. He needs to get healthy and if he gets more actual playing time, you will see an improvement in his shooting percentage.
4)Lastly, in case you didn't notice, Cook has improved both his ball handling skills and defense--all part of being a complete player.

Michael you are the worst sports writer in South Florida. Its amazing how many other sports writers cover every game of the Heat yet for some reason you can't do that. Please Miami Herald, bring in another guy who can actually cover the Heat better then this idiot.

Posted by: Enrique | December 02, 2009 at 06:27 PM

Wow I mean I have my issues with Mr. Wallace but those are hateful words mi amigo. Lets ease off and try to appreciate whatever we can get from him.

In reply to heatstroked....Really?!? Was that rant necessary?

Wallace y won't u praise Beasley like U praise Haslem's one hit wonder? It starting to seem like u do not like him. At any rate, Spoelstra is improving, but he needs to seriously quit yanking Beasley when he is doing well. Wth is he thinking...Also,Cook needs to play more. Side note... Dwayne Wade needs to work on his free throws. if he can get his percentage into the high 80's we probably when 65 percent of our games...That's one of the big differences between Him and Jordan and Kobe...Peace!

Yeah. Mike Wallace's "hatred" for Michael Beasley surely predates Beasley's birth.

Or at the very least, 2008's draft. RIGHT?

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Submitted by Anthony from Hialeah, Florida

Answered 03/25/08 12:11:46 by Michael Wallace

Q: What do you think about the Heat's chances of getting Michael Beasley as their 1st 2008 NBA Draft pick out of Kansas State University?

A: Well, considering most teams that finish with the worst record don't get the No. 1 pick in the lottery, I'd say the chances are 50-50 at best (even though they are technically 25 percent, with the worst record). I DO THINK THE HEAT WILL GET THE FIRST OR SECOND PICK. I THINK THERE'S A LOT LESS PRESSURE PICKING SECOND. THEN, THEY CAN GO FOR NEED AND GET DERRICK ROSE AT POINT GUARD, IF HE DECLARES. ****IF THEY HAVE THE TOP PICK, YOU HAVE TO GO WITH BEASLEY**** - EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE TWO POWER FORWARDS (MARION AND HASLEM) ALREADY ON THE ROSTER. Marion can move to small forward, but he's clearly more comfortable in the Heat's offense at the four.

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GOT THAT?

Michael Wallace the Beasley-hater hated Beasley SO MUCH that Wallace didn't say the Heat "should," "might," "will consider" Rose OR Beasley if they had 1st pick -- Wallace said the Heat MUST PICK BEASLEY, i.e, "If they have the top pick, you have to go with Beasley."

Even more typical of Winderman maggots, they don't read --

Can't read that Wallace SAID he'd be away on vacation celebrating a special anniversary last week & wouldn't return til Sunday. Can imagine Wallace conspiring to ignore or discredit Beasley while on vacation. Can even fantasize Wallace still propping Haslem at Beasley's expense via blog entries presumably posted in invisible ink.

It's insane enough to make you think some (not all) of these conspiracy nuts really are "conspiring" on some other agenda beneath their Beasley paranoia.

The same sorta we-hate-him agenda that eventually severed Chris Perkins from the Post.

An agenda completely UNRELATED to the Miami Heat, journalism or basketball at all.

url - http://bit.ly/90aX41

Submitted by Anthony from Hialeah, Florida

Answered 03/25/08 12:11:46 by Michael Wallace

Q: What do you think about the Heat's chances of getting Michael Beasley as their 1st 2008 NBA Draft pick out of Kansas State University?

A: Well, considering most teams that finish with the worst record don't get the No. 1 pick in the lottery, I'd say the chances are 50-50 at best (even though they are technically 25 percent, with the worst record). I DO THINK THE HEAT WILL GET THE FIRST OR SECOND PICK. I THINK THERE'S A LOT LESS PRESSURE PICKING SECOND. THEN, THEY CAN GO FOR NEED AND GET DERRICK ROSE AT POINT GUARD, IF HE DECLARES. ****IF THEY HAVE THE TOP PICK, YOU HAVE TO GO WITH BEASLEY**** - EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE TWO POWER FORWARDS (MARION AND HASLEM) ALREADY ON THE ROSTER. Marion can move to small forward, but he's clearly more comfortable in the Heat's offense at the four.

Exhibit 198,977.

Basketball competence, comprehension, veracity vs. SFL Columnist.

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SFL columnist: Dwyane Wade may be many things, but 3-point ace is not one of them. Going into Wednesday's games, Wade stood 121st in the league in 3-point percentage. Trouble was, he also stood 36th in the league in 3-point attempts. But Tuesday he left the 3-point shooting to Quentin Richardson and James Jones. The Heat was better for it. The Blazers game was a significant lesson plan. It is one that Wade hopefully goes to school on.

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Wade may not be a "3-point ace" but Wade can and HAS converted 3pt FGAs at "ACE" like efficiency when it mattered. It mattered, for example, in 2006 when Wade converted 38% of his 37 x 3pt FGAs [ http://bit.ly/5Iud6u ] while "aces" like Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry & even Mr. Bigshot (Billups) resembled mere mortals at 34%, 31% & 34% respectively.

Next, the lesson of wayward 3s, too many 3s and/or TOO MANY JUMPERS generally is a lesson for the TEAM, not just Wade.

According to data compiled and maintained by Hoopsdata.com [ http://hoopdata.com/teamshotlocs.aspx ], the Heat average significantly LESS FGAs within 10 ft than elite teams like the Lakers, Celtics or even the Mavs *AND* FAR LESS assisted FGAs across the board (less or greater than 10ft).

When ELITE teams are attempting, converting AND assisting each other to get off more FGAs at the rim and/or within 10 ft than the sometimes-struggling offense of the Heat, it's up to Heat players, not just Wade, to WAKE UP this most OBVIOUS of winning realities. Closer = BETTER. ALWAYS. Unselfish or less selfish, assisted scoring = BETTER YET = MORE WINS. (.!)

Beasley did EXACTLY the right thing v. Portland with most of his takes/makes inside. He'll need to do it against bigger and better frontcourts if the Heat are to thrive. Ditto Wade, O'Neal, Chalmers, Haslem, etc.

The so-called SFL columinist? ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzz, the value of his unsubstantiated, typically unqualified, wavering, waffling "trust my eyes not the numbers" opinion.

redacted " It mattered, for example, in 2006 when Wade converted 38% of his 37 x 3pt FGAs [ http://bit.ly/5Iud6u ] ***during the postseason*** while "aces" Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry & even Mr. Bigshot (Billups) resembled mere mortals at 34%, 31% & 34% respectively."

Redbaby,

1. Dwade Annuag FG% yr 1 to 3
Yr 1 46.5%
Yr 2 47.8%
Yr 3 49.5%

I don't think anyone will think these numbers are comparable to that of Cook's.

2. Cook 2nd yr 3 pt shooting 37.7% - not great for a 3 pt shooter, specially if that is his main job. That number landed Cook outside the top 50 for that year. Note that this is the top 50 for players that shot a minumum of 2.8 attempts per game and played at least 42 games. Data source ... Yahoo NBA stats. Btw, he also shot a pathetic 36.4% 2 pt FG%. My point is ... he sucks even by your metric.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/stats/bycategory?cat=Fielding&conference=NBA&year=season_2008&sort=22&qualified=1

3. He's hurt ... It's not like he was a good player when he wasn't hurt. See the stats on pt # 2.

4. Improved ball handling and defense ... his turnovers are up relative to last year. His Assist to turnover ratio is down relative to last year. Both ratios point to poorer ball handling, not an improvement.

With respect to his defense, his steals are down. His rebounds are up so I'd give him a wash on his defense. Net, net, it's still a decline.

Overall, 82games.com has a rating for Cook. It comes in as a - 6.2. No surprise. He blows. http://www.82games.com/0910/0910MIA.HTM

Final point - I doubt I'll change your mind with all the stats above. Just the same, all the numbers refute your point. Stats don't lie.

If I'm missing something about how good Cook is, let me know. I'm willing to look at whatever stat you have. Just don't give me BS with nothing to back it up. As it is, everything points to Cook as a crappy player.

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