– Strong start for the Heat. Jermaine O’Neal was in his usual revenge-driven mind set against his old team. It makes you wish that he had played for the Celtics, Magic, and Hawks as well.
– Wade came out with guns blazing scoring 18 first quarter points, including 3-for-3 three-point shooting.
– I understand that Spoelstra has a set substitution pattern in mind — most coaches do — but part of being a good coach is adjusting to the situation. In that vein, why take out Beasley with four minutes left in the first quarter when he was clearly hot? I understand that Spo wants Beasley fresh for the second quarter, but he’s 21 years old! Don’t give me that, “he’ll be tired,” nonsense.
– Wade abused Danny Granger on one play, coming from the weak side and obliterating Granger’s shot with both hands
– Wade was scintillating in the first half, even scoring a one handed, over-his-head hook shot from about 18-feet after a whistle.
– The Heat’s defense as a whole was smothering. Miami held Granger to 2-for-16 shooting.
– Flash was in the shot blocking zone, again gobbling up another Pacer shot with two hands. This time, Troy Murphy was the victim
– The game was out of hand by the end of the first half. The second half, for the most part, was a mere formality.
– Most of the starters (besides Beasley) were given the fourth quarter off. Hopefully this pays dividends tomorrow night against the Bobcats.
– Beasley finished with 21 points (9-of-15 shooting) and 10 rebounds.
– I think Dorell Wright’s first ever appearance in a national trade rumor may have gone to his head. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him take as many shots. Wright had 9 points (4-for-12 shooting) to go along with 5 assists.
– Nasty flagrant foul on AJ Price for basically clotheslining Wade. It was the kind of hard foul and awkward landing that could have easily resulted in a number of injuries. Luckily, it didn’t.
– With this win, the Heat finds itself in sole possession of the fifth seed in the East. However, tonight the Heat simply handled its business against a terrible team. The real test will be tomorrow night against the suddenly worrisome Charlotte Bobcats, who are somehow 17-4 at home.
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