For the second game in a row, the Miami Heat found themselves in a contest tighter than their Christmas Day jerseys. Neither was quite as ugly, though. To be honest, both predicted blowouts were downright exciting for the same reasons.
For starters, LeBron James took flight and chose to abuse the rim. But this time he had the help of a pair of Dwyane Wade passes. One of which Wade flipped back over his head, while the other was a left-handed corral that James caught as it bounced off the backboard.
However, they ran into a similar problem that they had against the Atlanta Hawks.
“Teams will try to get us moving and play out of our rotations,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said via ESPN.
Which is exactly what the Los Angeles Lakers did. They drove the lane and dished enough to have the Heat over rotating and constantly switching. And as a result, they let a weak team stick around with 42 points worth of threes.
“Early on they were getting some wide-open ones,” Spoelstra said. “Some of those Nick Young hit were tough.”
It’s a problem that often pops up in Miami, leaving the Heat vulnerable to a barrage from behind the arc. It was the same way during the 2013 NBA Finals — with Danny Green’s record-breaking 27 threes — and things are still the same.
But what makes them weak is also what makes them strong.
Miami’s ability to scramble and play the passing lanes is what creates those spectacular finishes by James. So, as a fan, you take the good with the bad and just enjoy every moment of fun while it lasts.
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