National Media Looking At Miami Heat Win Over The Cleveland Cavaliers All Wrong

By Nick Claussen
David Richard – USA TODAY Sports

A day after the Cleveland Cavaliers nearly knocked off the Miami Heat, all anyone in the national media wanted to talk about is how great the defending NBA champions looked.

That’s not the only way to look at the game, though, and it’s actually the wrong way.

First of all, let me say that the Heat are stacked with great players and are a great team.  They are the favorites to win the NBA championship again this year, and LeBron James should be the NBA MVP.

Also, the winning streak that the Heat have going is impressive, and they looked great coming back against the Cavaliers.

But let’s hold up a little before we praise them too much and make too much out of the victory.

First of all, the Cavaliers need to be getting a little more credit for how they played in this game.

The Cavaliers were without Kyrie Irving, who is their best player, and Dion Waiters, who is one of their best scorers. They were also without Anderson Varejao, who has been out for much of the season and is also one of their best players.

Without Irving, Waiters and Varejao, the Cavaliers were severely overmatched. They did not have much depth, and they were led by three key players who are castoffs from other NBA teams.

The Washington Wizards waived guard Shaun Livingston earlier this season before Cleveland signed him, while the Memphis Grizzlies basically gave Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington to the Cavaliers in a trade.

Even so, the Cavaliers took it to the Heat in the first half and had a chance to win the game.

The Heat did a great job of coming back to steal the win, and part of that was keyed by their amazing three-point shooting.

Part of the comeback was also clearly due to the Cavaliers tiring from not having much depth, and part of it was due to the Cavaliers just making bad plays in the second half. The Cavaliers stopped moving the ball on offense for a time, and they gave up way too many open looks on defense.

They allowed the Heat to come back and take the lead. It’s true that the Heat had to take advantage of the mistakes, but the Cavaliers clearly left the door open for the comeback.

Finally, the Cavaliers almost won the game. They had a shot to win in the final seconds, and if Irving had been playing they would have won. Irving would have scored late in the game for the Cavaliers, and if the Heat focused all of its defense on him, he would have gotten the ball to other players who would have been open.

This Cavaliers team has some talent and some players who are improving immensely. The Cavaliers are going to be a playoff team soon and hopefully next year they will be a team that can go on a winning streak.

This year they are overmatched, especially with all of the injuries, but they played a great game on Wednesday against the Heat, even if no one seemed to notice.


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