Being happy and being satisfied seem similar, but when you break things down in the NBA the two words are oh so different. For instance, the Miami Heat should be satisfied with their win last night, but not happy with their performance through the majority of three quarters.
This probably sounds a little nitpicky, to some people, because the champs beat the Brooklyn Nets by double-digits. However, the honest truth is that the Heat still did not live up to expectations. Especially when you had no shows from Kevin Garnett (four points) and Deron Williams (scoreless). Just ask the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman:
“Look, the Heat clearly have played to the level of the competition, just as they did in the opening round, when they needed a similar escape act in Game 2 against the Bobcats…. The Heat have done in these playoffs what they’ve needed to do.”
We all know that there are never going to be perfect 48-minute games, but Miami often takes its lack of passion to the extreme.
While the Nets packed the paint and tried to force LeBron James and Dwyane Wade into jump shots, the Heat decided to settle for shooting and obnoxious amount of threes — 24 in total — and didn’t look overly concerned when they started by only sinking 3-of-10.
And on the flip side, they watched Brooklyn forward Mirza Teletovic hit six three-pointers before they realized that someone should possibly run at him — or at least try. It was a weird combination of shooting too many and giving up too many, while they let the Nets beat them with penetration.
An 11-point win is an 11-point win, but can it come back to bite you when it’s obvious that your heart isn’t into it?