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Heat's stingy defense best in playoffs

The Heat's defense has allowed the fewest number of points per game this postseason (83.9), and on Monday nearly set a franchise record for fewest points by an opponent in a playoff game.

With the Bulls running on empty in Game 4, the Heat held Chicago to 65 points, which ranked as the third fewest points by an opponent in a playoff game in franchise history. The record is 63 set by New Orleans in 2004.

The Heat's opponents have contributed to the low numbers, obviously. Miami has had arguably the easiest road through the playoffs of any other team. But the Heat's defense has adjusted well to its opponents and individual matchups in its first two playoff series. A few examples:

-Monta Ellis scored 22 points in Game 1 against the Heat, only to produce back-to-back seven-point performances in Games 2 and 3.

-Brandon Jennings averaged 21.4 percent from three-point range in four games against the Heat and averaged 13.3 points per game. In the regular season, Jennings averaged 23.8 points per game against the Heat.

-Ersan Ilyasova, always a problem for the Heat, scored two points in Game 1 of the first round.

-After scoring 27 points in Game 1 of the second round, Bulls guard Nate Robinson managed just 28 points over the next two. In Game 4, Robinson went 0 of 12, which was a historically poor effort for a playoff game. Since 1991-92, only one other player has attempted more field goals without making a shot. Ray Allen went 0 of 13 against the Lakers in 2010.

-Carlos Boozer mostly has been a non-factor in the second round. After averaging, 17.4 points and 7.9 rebounds against the Nets, Boozer has averaged 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds against the Heat.

-While Dwyane Wade has struggled offensively, he's been getting it done on the defensive end. In Round 2, Wade has a plus/minus of 12.5, which is the best on the team. Defensive stalwart Shane Battier has a plus/minus of 12.3.

-Chris Bosh is leading the Heat in rebounds with 9.0 per game.

-Both Bosh and Chris Andersen are averaging 2.3 blocks per game in the second round.

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Miami Heat earned the "easiest road," by virtue of playing lights out during the season, they did it the old fashion way, "they earned it." lol

OK, GAME 3.....

Hope I didn't piss any one off.... Thought we needed a kick start.... Turned out, OK, though....

Game 3, we have to be better.... Their better on their floor... We have to be even better on the road in this series to have a chance to win this year's title....

Every area of the game has to be on point.... Every one will play a huge part in getting this done....

Defense will have to be better.... Great defense in this series will play a major factor in who wins.... We have to be there... Stay engaged... Focus....

Offensive side of the ball, we broke out in that one... We really need to find guys open in rhythm, giving them chances to hit shots were huge in that one and will be needed to win on the road... The aggressiveness will have to be even more a clear sign of wanting it more... When we are hungry, and playing with energy, passion and aggressiveness we are very strong in all areas...

As I think of having three straight road games, You have to think, first, we can win all 3... Second, 2 of 3... NOTHING LESS THAN THAT....

They will use their crowd for help in trying to take back momentum.... Right now, we have to keep the pressure on them...

We really need to bring it in game 3...

The Officials are going to play a part in taking away your aggressiveness...

Their shooters have to be contested better...

Play the passing lane...

Don't put them on the line....

Can't give them a lane...

Attack Duncan, Parker, Manu....

Can't let Parker just pick our defense apart...

Put pressure on him...

Gotta battle on the glass...

Steals, blocks, taking charges, making them work for a shot on every possession..... Nothing easy....

FOCUS...

OK, we know they want to run... We want to run tooooo...

When they slow it down, we already have a defense for there constant pick and rolls sets and have good looks on the offensive end...

They will double the post... MOTION, FIND YOUR SHOT, STAY AGGRESSIVE..

I saw Lewis in there some where... His shot making ability could play a role some where....

We can't give them chances to steal games... Their clever with that....

When we turn it up, we have to keep the pressure on them until they give in... Don't wait...

Watch them with ankles.... Just watch them...

Their oops, what happen, can't cause injury... All the kicking and stepping on people, oh, that's gonna stop....

I always wondered if you could get a fair called game their, especially in the post season????

Gotta want it... Win anyway....

That play has Cb in the post, the drive and kick shows a lay up or dunk... Get to the line... or short jumper...

With Duncan in the paint, he shows to the ball, If shooters are spread and the screen is opposite sides, the run to the rim has room to attack with a score or pass....

still haven't seen any back cuts.. Gotta get Duncan out of the paint... He got called 1 time and was crying.... He's in the paint all night..

Attack him as soon as he get out of it too...

Instead of Duncan getting our bigs in foul trouble, attack him and get him in foul trouble... They want to run.... Run as much as possible....

Can't let anything get away from you... stop it... quick....

I think even if they slow it up, speeding it up, is where this defense is at it's best....

Their fans will start to root for us.... Play your game.... Don't settle for what they want to give you... Put on a show....

Gotta stay aggressive....

Said that wrong... Their fans will start to cheer for us...

The fact that we haven't played them at all, really, at full strength this year, makes this an intriguing match up to figure out....


Think we're right there though... Not quite the blueprint, but, we not far off....

GAMEPLAN:

DEFENSE:

Parker, can't allow him to just get into the lane... Force him to turn the ball over... Don't put him on the line.... He flops toooo damn much.... Attack him with every one.... Make him run the floor.... He runs well on offense... Make him run on defense, toooo.... Post him up.....

Duncan, keep him off the glass.... Don't put him on the line..... Run him.... Attack him with every one.... Limit his holds and pushes, they don't call him for it, sell it.... He is in the paint all night, make them call it... His role in that pick and roll has to be guarded better... Play the pass... Go to the ball... Don't let him just dominate down low.... Attack him.... Sit him down on the bench....

Manu, Keep attacking him.... Don't give him any space... Can't put him on the line.... He is looking to flop before he makes his move.... Can't fall for it.... He's dirty but slick.... watch him..... Run him at all times....

Leonard, has been rebounding well, gotta keep him off the glass.... Gotta attack him on the block... Force them to make the call.... His defense looks ok, but to thin to bother Bron, take it to him, over power him on the block... Run him... Don't give him anything easy... Don't put him on the line... If they give him that touch foul, take it back at him the same way and get him off the floor....

Neal and Green can't get open looks.... Attack them at will... Don't foul them.... Their shooters, the last thing we want is to put them on the line.... Make them run.... They also flop... Watch the corner three...

Splitter and Bonner have to be accounted for... They seem to be open to damn much.... make them run.... Keep them off the boards... Don't put them on the line.... Attack them....

Their shooters got open looks in game 2, we have to close out on shooters better.... Contest every shot.... Their pick and rolls have to be turnovers.... Force them to change or get blown out.... Can't give them the lane.... Take the charge or block the shot... Don't foul.... Can't let Duncan get going.... We have to attack him..... Break them down.... If we can limit them on the glass it would help our chances greatly.... We need turnovers.....

Aggressive trapping attacking defense.... Steals, Blocks, Taking charges, rebounding... running...

Bron, great push in the 3rd, you took the game over and dominated in all area's.... They don't have a clear way to guard you, so, they double to try to get the ball out of your hands... Pick and rolls, pick and pops, in the post, cuts to the rim, foul line shots, get to the line, the high percentage shot will give you less pressure... Leonard can't hold you, but he's new, and his length takes a game or two to adjust to... I think you could get good looks in a pick and pop set.... Mid-range shot that they would have to adjust to and might take a game.... The pick and roll, you would get to the line more.... There's so much that you can do, trying to run an offense through you is amazing.... Come to play....

Wade, stay on the attack... When aggressive on both ends, I like our chances.... That zone you were in in the 06' finals, we could really use that... Don't let them off the hook.... They can't stop you.... Attack... The floater.... mid-range.... get to the line.... play the passing lane.... get some steals... And 1.... In the post.... Stay aggressive... Come to play...

CB, stay aggressive... Your shots will be there, find your spots... Crash the boards... Get a block or 2..... Run the floor... Be a force on offense.... Get to the line.... Cuts to the rim are there.... Mid-range... The one hander in the post.... The three-ball.... Be ready for a dunk or lay up... Come to play....

UD, stay aggressive.... Crash the boards.... Run the floor... Get ready for a battle down low.... Hit your jumpers... Get to the line.... Pick and roll to the rim.... Come to play....

Rio, stay aggressive.... Attack Parker... You played a key role in game 2.... Attack their bigs too... The floater looks good... Get into the lane, the short shot is very effective.... Get to the line.... Parker jumps into you, don't let him get those flops.... Be there.... You will get open looks, drill'em.... Come to play....

Cole, stay aggressive.... Attack Parker.... Bring energy off the bench... Solid defense on Parker... Don't fall for his flops.... Get to the line.... The open three will be there... Mid-range shot will be there tooooo.... Come to play....

Allen, Your open looks should be there all game long.... The foul line shot is there.... The three-ball is there.... Motion and movement should cause their zone some problems, make them pay.... Get to the line... Come to play....

Bird, stay aggressive.... Crash the boards.... Bring that energy..... Be ready to finish inside... The cuts to the basket are good plays, get to the line.... Passion, energy, effort.... Come to play....

Miller, let it fly.... Crash the boards.... Your shot really help's spread the floor, lock in... Come to play....

Lewis, stay ready..... Your game is perfect for a series like this one.... The mid-range shots... The three-ball.... You could out play Bonner.... Stay ready....

Shane and Joel, stay solid on defense.... Lock in on open looks... Come to play.....

We must play with energy, passion, aggressiveness, hunger, and focus....

This will not be easy.... Everyone will be needed to get this done....

48 MINUTES... DEFENSE FIRST.... COME TO PLAY.... STAY AGGRESSIVE... HUNGER.... PASSION... ENERGY.... TRAPPING.... REBOUNDING.... ATTACKING.... RUN... MOTION.... GET TO THE LINE.... FORCE THEM TO CALL IT BOTH WAYS.... DON'T PUT THEM ON THE LINE..... WE GOT'UM.... WIN GAME 3....

Mental strength...... Limit turnovers.... Don't put them on the line..... Crash the boards... Need fast break points... Limit their fast break points.... Share the ball.... Rotate on defense.... Contest their three's.... Can't let Duncan and Parker get going..... Gotta keep them from attacking the lane to score or pass to open shooters.... Don't wait.... Can't let them hang around... Put them away... Don't let up.... Make them call it both ways.....

We must take back home court..... They stole game 1.... Take back home court with a win in game 3.....

Bring game 7 energy to game 3.... Must win.... Let's go....

Let's go.... Game 3.... Take back home court....

Energy.... Passion... Aggressiveness....

48 MINUTES.... STAY AGGRESSIVE..... DEFENSE FIRST.... COME TO PLAY.... REBOUND..... RUN.... MOTION... ATTACK.... BATTLE.... MENTAL STRENGTH.... WIN ANYWAY.... DON'T LET THEM STEAL THIS GAME.... MAKE THEM CALL IT BOTH WAYS..... DEMAND IT.... WIN GAME 3.......

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