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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Warriors 97, Heat 95

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BEST OF LAST NIGHT: Klay Thompson
The second-year player out of Washington State had 27 points, including 21 in the first half. Thompson was 11 of 21 from the field and 5 of 13 from three-point range. Dwyane Wade had a hard time keeping up.

WORST OF LAST NIGHT: Heat's defensive breakdown on the Warriors' final play.
Shane Battier went to help Ray Allen, leaving Draymond Green wide open under the basket. Green scored an uncontested game-winner.

WORST OF THE NIGHT PART II: Mario Chalmers taking out Wade. Thompson smacked Wade in the face and then Chalmers finished the job. Scary moment for Heat fans but Wade was fine.

NIGHTLY NUMBER: 18
The Warriors scored 19 points off of 18 turnovers by the Heat. Wade had five turnovers, LeBron James had four and Mario Chalmers had three.

LINE OF THE NIGHT: For those calling for Norris Cole to start over Mario Chalmers, consider this: He had two points on 1 of 4 shooting in 23 minutes while playing aggressive defense off the bench on Steph Curry. Cole seems to be in the right place. Chalmers just needs to get better.

THEY SAID IT
“It will be alright. It will be sore tomorrow and I’ll be ready by Saturday; that is all that matters.”
LeBron James, talking about his sore right shoulder. A flagrant foul by David Lee sent James crashing to the court in the second period.

“Just missed open shots.”
LeBron James on the last three minutes of the game

“It was a good game. They made a play at the end. Defensively we had a breakdown. I haven’t seen it; obviously we had a breakdown to get a layup. It was a good game. They executed a little better down the stretch.”
Dwyane Wade

“Typically, there is always weak side help.  They occupied that weak side and nobody saw it...Shane (Battier) made a read, but as a team we didn’t make up for that mishap. We just have to have each other’s backs down the stretch.”
Ray Allen on the Warriors' game-winning play

“It is really all about the starts for us right now. Our second half defense is good....We’re still making mistakes, and that is the fact of the matter. We’re going to have to clean it up. We’re going to do what we need to do to get better.”
Chris Bosh

 “I showed too early. It was my responsibility. They made a nice play and burned us for my overanxious play.”
Shane Battier on the Warriors' game-winning play 

 

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No comment... we move forward... plz get treatment...

DWade has to be more consistent. Every game he needs to ball hard. We didn't bring Lebron in so Wade could do less and score less...We are supposed to be a powerhouse because we have to players that were supposed to continue to produce the same. Add Ray Allen and there still shouldn't be a major drop off. Wade has had too many games where he scores on 10-18 ppg when he should be scoring almost 30 a night.

Wade is my favorite players, but he's definitely not trying to make his team the greatest team ever. That's what made Jordan so great and what Wade doesn't have.

I LOVE the HEAT! It's a LONG season yet and they will do what they're "known" to do...ball hard, amaze, be top contenders in the East and win Championship #2!!! No Doubt! ;-)

LeBron played no defense on Jack on the last play. He made it easy for Jack to throw the game winning pass by just acting like a spectator. Golden State is so much deeper than the Heat it isn't funny. They go 12 deep. Green is a grat defender and they play excellent team defense. Give them some credit. They have a great roster of young players.

I'll take the Heat's second team vs any second unit in the league. Golden State is "so much deeper than the Heat" is outlandish. What, are you auditioning for Rob Parker's job on First Take?

I'll give the Warriors credit - a young team that wins 5 straight on the road - that's a nice accomplishment. But the NBA season is 82 games, let's check back on them in March.

One miscue on defense by Battier at the end of the game. We'll win many more games depending on Batt's defense that we'll lose.

REALLY...

Look, i just hope our guys aren't hurt long term... Golden State just GO.... Don't care what they do... Take your win and leave... That's it...

Next up are the Wizards... They shouldn't have won the last meeting and we should really beat them this time....

We move forward... What do you thimk about signing d. west...

^^^

Signing D. West is a great move.........for the Lakers.

Hope they get Gilbert Arenas, Allen Iverson, Ricky Davis, Letrell Spreewell, and Dennis Rodman in the talks too.

We're fine with our current lineup. We are stronger than we were last year, and that turned out....NICE!!

We weren't going to go 82-0 this year.

"Don't let the wins go to your head, or the loses go to your heart" Will Smith

We may be fine or the big 3 may go down as only being able to win in a short season.

Wade doesn't seem to care about the legacy this team can have. And it's not guaranteed they can just turn it on in the playoffs. There are some pretty good teams fill with veteran leadership (thought fading skill, but DWade appears to have fading skills too), size, and great coaching to contend with. Playing around just won't cut it. And again, that's where Jordan, Pippen, Dennis Rodman, etc. were great at. They not only wanted to be the greatest at their position, not only have the greatest impact on the floor with the jobs they did, but also wanted to be known as the greatest basketball players and team to ever play in the NBA. I would pick those teams to play ALL Star teams and pick them to win. This Heat team has a weak mentality and unfortunately Spo is allowing it, so it starts with him.

So, SPO is $hit and Mike Woodson is da bomb? Avery Johnson has how many playoff wins as a coach? Is that the 'great coaching' we are referring to?

Although they both stand on the sidelines during the game, there is a difference between cheerleading and coaching. Each player should bring his own motivation, called 'pride' in your job. I don't see ONE Heat (current rotation) player that doesn't take his job seriously. We are passed the supercoolbeas era, thank God!

And please, after Rodman left Detroit, he was a sideshow. Never tried to develope any offensive game, only cared about his rebound numbers. He11, after Detroit (where he could and would guard all 5 positions) he hardly left the lane to guard anyone. Never EVER will be regarded in the same category as Karl Malone, Barkley, Duncan, Garnett, etc... Too one dimensional, and an idiot to boot.

Wade is recoverning from an injury. Let's wait to see more of this years' body of work before we write him off, or trade him for a draft pick and a bag of chips. Didn't he just put two games together where he shot, like, 80% from the floor - getting to the rim at will?

"...They not only wanted to be the greatest at their position, not only have the greatest impact on the floor with the jobs they did, but also wanted to be known as the greatest basketball players and team to ever play in the NBA." --- And the compliant media (NBA and NBA officials, as well) carried their water for them.

Well Greg, aren't you in a bloggin mood 2day...

But d. west can be toxic... so, if they pass, i understand...

But, their are teams out there we should be concerned with... this year isn't last year...

improvements could help this year's run...

Sometimes these things just write themselves.

Agree that the Knicks and Nets have improved. Boston will be a tough out, Chicago should get a huge boost when Rose gets back on the court. Not concerned with Atlanta or Indiana.

Still think we will be a VERY tough team to beat 4 out of 7.

No, Spo is getting much better with strategy, but firing up the club and giving them an identity he fails at. You know a Doc Rivers team, a Pat Riley team, a Phil Jackson team. Miami needs an identity. Spo should have them shoot to be the best. There was Jordan playing with flu, Pippen playing with back injuries - there will always be injuries. But the identity of the team defines how that player plays through it, and if he's not available, how the rest of the team responds. The Spurs sat their stars when they played the heat, but everybody expects a Spurs team to compete because Popovich will have it no other way. That's my point.

Well, energy bust

we do have an identity... It is defense and aggressiveness...

What you can always count on when the games are at the most important times of the season... PLAYOFFS... See, I think what doesn't get enough credit is the passion and hunger it takes to want to win in the postseason... Yes the knicks have shooters.. but they don't play enough defense... and when it comes to 7-game elimination tourney's that brings a whole different aspect to the game... I would rather have guys who aggressive and can play great defense aas a team, than shooters who go cold, any day of the week... granted the ref's have to call the game the right way for this to be successful.. you just can't let players get shoved to the ground and injured the way that foul was the other night... I was reading the Bleacher Report just yesterday and read some of the fans comments on this david lee foul... couldn't believe that their were fans saying that the 80's and 90's were so physical and we should accept hard fouls... WHAT??? I remember MJ getting the best player treatment... HELL, tim duncan couldn't get touched without a foul getting called... So, no this can't be allowed... Bron is the best player and D-Wade and Bosh should get that respect too... But no one should get fouled that hard especially while in mid air... The ref's have to control the game better... But if you add more to the mix, really, what can any team do to stop you...

December 15, well, lets just see what happens now... Hey Mr. Pat, can I plz have a talk with you... I see nice move that would make this team revolutionary... i'm just sayin..007..

Again, Mr. Spo You Continue To Disappoint Me!!

You Have No Back Bone!!

Are Soft!! And Not Even The Refs Respect You!!

Even Mark Jackson is a Better Coach!! WAY BETTER!!

Again a Coach That Played In The NBA!! HAS SOMETHING OF SUBSTANCE TO SAY!! (OVER 2/3 OF NBA COACHES PLAYED THE GAME PROFESSIONALLY!! SOMETHING HAS TO BE SAID ABOUT THAT!!)

SPO'S LACK OF EXPERIENCE!! WHICH SHOULD BE WAY PAST DONE WITH(He's Been A NBA Coach 5+ Years)!! IT COULD BE BECAUSE HE NEVER PLAYED THE PRO GAME!! The Players And The Game Is To Fast and Big For Him!!

HIS OWN PLAYERS WILL NEVER RESPECT HIM!! And Why Should They? He Doesn't Even Stand Up For Them!!

WHY DO YOU THINK PLAYERS RESPOND TO!!! RILEY? OR PHIL? WHY THEY RESPECT DOC?

THESE COACHES PLAYED THE GAME!! At The Highest Level!!

Not Everyone That Has Played Makes A Great Basketball Coach!! But Most Great Coaches Played In The NBA!!

LOOK IT UP!!

THAT IS WHY I SAY EVEN TIM HARDAWAY WILL MAKE A BETTER COACH!! HE ACTUALLY HAS RAN A NBA OFFENSE!! AND TEAM!! FROM THE POINT!! IN THE NBA!!! HAS REAL EXPERIENCE!! KNOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF SIZE(Height) AND Scheme(PlayCalling)!!

Spo Doesn't Even Know The Basics!! OF CREATING MISMATCHES!! HE RESPONDS TO THE OTHER TEAMS CHANGES(When/If He Responds)!! NOT VICE VERSA!! SPO WANTS TO CONTROL PACE!! AND HE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW HOW!!!

WITH THAT SAID!! U GUYS KNOW WHAT IS NEXT!

FIRE SPO!!

This Team Was Built Not To Even Lose 10 Games!! This Guy Is A JOKE AS A COACH!!

EVEN HIS OWN SUITS!! ARE BIG ON HIM!!

Well, good win...

The defense is coming around in a huge way... This is our identity... This is the way we should play on a regular... We can score on anybody... The defense is the staple to winning the next one...

GET TREATMENT...

Health will be the key...

We move forward...

Watching all things Heat... The time is now... 007...

I agree..this team was built to challenge the record book for most wins. Black, if this teams identity if that of Defense and Aggressiveness, then again, Spo hasn't told the team because they aren't playing defense. The identity this team may have is - lollygag during the season, play hard in the off season - i.e. a playoff team. MAYBE it will work. Otherwise their identity and legacy is watered down to a team that could only win in a shortened season.

Let me ask: If Alonzo Morning was coach, would you question this team identity or the team respecting him?

Doc Team - Aggressive, Intimidating, Physical
Phil Team - Very confident team
Popovich team - Fundamental and always competing
Pat Riley Team - A defensive team
Tibodeau Team - In your face, scrappy team
Carlisle Team - Never out of it team
D'Antoni Team - A running, uptempo team
Spo Team - Human condition, streaky due to sensitivity team...hard to fathom team

We can go on and on...there are some pg led teams, etc

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