Thursday, December 10, 2015

Charlotte Hornets Down The Miami Heat Behind Nicolas Batum's Triple Double

Written By;
Anthony Sanchez

The Miami Heat traveled to Charlotte,NC to take on the Hornets and they literally walked into a hornet's nest losing 99-81.

The Hornets swarmed from tip-off, going up by 20 points leading up to half time, it became quite evident that this would become an old school shellacking.

The Charlotte Hornets thrived behind strong aggressive play, also helped that the Heat had 18 turnovers and poor three point shooting going 6 of 21.

The Hornets had a strong game from Nicolas Batum who quietly had a triple double dropping 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, also adding to the mix were; Power Forward Marvin Williams who went for 18 points and four rebounds, then point guard Kemba Walker had quite the game dropping 18 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists.

The Miami Heat at one point were down by thirty points in the fourth quarter and had no signs of life or energy. The Heat shot 39 percent going 29 of 75, Tyler Johnson scored a career high 20 points, adding two rebounds and two assists. Dwyane Wade and Gerald Green finished with 11 points each, while bosh added just 7 points and two rebounds.

The Miami Heat now have lost three out of the last five games, next the Heat continue their road trip in Indiana as they take on the Pacers Friday at 7pm.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Washington Wizards Offense Too Much For The Miami Heat

Written By;
Anthony Sanchez

The Miami Heat hosted the Washington Wizards Monday night at the American Airlines Arena and for much of the night struggled defensively to suppress the Wizards offense. The Miami Heat fell to the Wizards 114-103, the game was much closer than the final score indicates.

Washington was on fire last night hitting the jump shot and out rebounding the heat 37-34 this all came with the bigs of the Wizards Marcin Gortat and Nene out, but where they really had the upperhand was in the offensive rebounding category grabbing twelve, while the heat managed four offensive rebounds 

The Wizards at one point had the Miami Heat down by fourteen in the second quarter and in part was due to the outstanding play of their guards. Gary Neal 21 points and four assists, Bradley Beal 21 points and four assists and All Star point guard John Wall 26 points and seven assists.

The Miami Heat did not have a bad offensive performance finishing the night scoring 103 points, while their stars Dwyane Wade pitched in 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, point guard Goran Dragic has been more consistent as of late adding 20 points and nine assists, Chris Bosh finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots before being ejected with 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter for arguing with the referee in regards to the refs missing a blatant traveling violation by guard Bradley Beal at a crucial moment in the game. 

In the end the Miami Heat could not recover from mistakes, questionable calls and defensively was one of Miami's worst efforts so far this season. The Washington Wizards just kept making plays, playing tough and attacking the basket while also looking for the kick out to their shooters. 

The Miami Heat now will hit the road and play the next four out of five games away from home, starting with a visit Wednesday December 9th to take on the Charlotte Hornets (12-7) at 7pm.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat Game Preview

Written By;
Anthony Sanchez

The Miami Heat (4-3) will host the Los Angeles Lakers (1-5) tonight at the American Airlines Arena, tip-off is set for 7:30pm. 

The Heat are coming off a big win over the Toronto Raptors 96-76, coach Erik Spoelstra's mix and match rotations are paying early dividends. 

The one Dynamic has been the insertion of rookie first round pick Justise Winslow who's had average offensive games, but his defense, especially on the perimeter has been outstanding up to this point, he is not shy to guard the other team's best player and is not timid to mix it up and grab some rebounds.

A true statement that can be said about the Miami Heat team, so far is that the defense has been at the forefront early on in the season, which has allowed them to take advantage of its transition opportunities.

The Heat will see a different Lakers team than the one they faced last year, for one Kobe Bryant is back albeit his slow start, having drafted first round pick 2nd overall D'Angelo Russell at point guard, Roy Hibbert added to help their defense, signed Lou Williams thru Free agency and now have a healthy Julius Randle back in the line-up.

There will be some interesting match ups in this game to watch like; Miami's Dwyane Wade taking on Kobe Bryant as will the rookie Justise Winslow, Hassan Whiteside & Roy Hibbert down low and possibly an overlooked match up that I will have my eye on is Chris Bosh and Julius Randle.

The Heat have won six straight over the Lakers going into tonight's game, in order to make it seven the Miami Heat must be aggressive on the offensive end and continue their hard nose grinding defense which right now has them ranked fourth in defensive efficiency. 

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