That was a hell of a game.
The Heat definitely got away with a couple of star calls. Until we become an upper echelon team though, we will just have to fight through that.
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We played a good game and you can tell we aren't used to closing out a big game.
My critique is that we were totally lost in the last minutes as we don't have a pg that can initiate offense. Kemba played great but, when the pressure was on he didn't create for anyone. Just a bunch of dribbling, wild ass shots and passes to McRoberts out at the 3 point line.
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I promise, I'm not a Kemba homer (okay, maybe a little), but I don't think this was a matter of him not being able to create for others. I think there were confounding factors moreso at play than any indictment on Kemba's vision.
First, Kemba and Al finally gave us some pretty good flashes of a nice pick and roll game, with Kemba dropping off half of his assists for an easy pick and pop on the left side. I think getting Al in shape and the guys up to speed with him on the floor, this can be a deadly go to play, especially with Kemba's penetration skills.
Second, Miami's personnel allows them to play a much more aggressive style defense than just about every NBA team. They may be a little smaller, but they are so much more athletic and long in the front court and perimeter. If you notice on the high pick and rolls, the big (normally Bosh, Lebron, Birdman) doesn't hedge and recover like most teams teach, but come aggressively to trap the ball. This is basically like blitzing a couple extra defenders in football in obvious passing situations. This stops the point guard from penetrating, and Kemba was forced to throw the ball to his outlet at the top of the key to McBob.
Last, the team is still learning how to run the offensive system instinctually rather than by trying to remember and recall during each play, and also learning how to incorporate Al. From what I've seen, the team, not just Kemba, doesn't know how to feed Al in the post. The guys seemed out of position or unsure on a lot of the plays at the end of the game. A team that knows their offense (like the Heat) can whip the ball around the perimeter and find seams and openings, and know the counters to defensive moves. With us, there is a lot of holding of the ball on the perimeter waiting for a play to develop. This tends to slow down the offense and limit the options, as the man with the ball is looking for something specific that we're doing on offense, rather than reading what the defense is doing and finding the open option that can best attack (cutters and screeners are also just trying to run the play right rather than already knowing the play and responding based on the defense).
But this should be expected as its a brand new offensive system, and we stood toe-to-toe with the 2 time defending champs on their home court. I can be proud of that.
And as Potato said, eff Bosh, lucky short armed ostrich looking motherf#$%er.
Last edited by QC Thundercats; 12-01-2013 at 11:27 PM.
This is the type of loss that is going to build resolve for this team. We know that we aren't going to be handed things until we've earned it. Like it or not, the Heat have earned the ability to get those calls. While it isn't fair, it is the system that exists. Hopefully the young guys see that and it makes them fight even harder. The team still played extremely hard tonight. That just doesn't always translate into a win.