Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Post-game Playoff Marks - Bobcats Game Two

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Heat win 101-97. Lead series 2-0.
LeBron James -- 32 pts, 6 reb, 8 ast -- A-
LeBron started this game out strong, hitting a step-back jumper over MKG and taking a charge in the first few minutes.  The reigning MVP was feeling it early as he scored 12 points in the first quarter.  He was active on the defensive side of the ball as he picked up 4 steals.  All-in-all it was a lebron-esque game for the best player on the planet.  He channeled his inner Magic Johnson picking up 8 assists and also a few "hockey" assists.

Dwyane Wade -- 15 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast -- C+
For the first three quarters, I thought Chris Bosh and Dwyane might have switched bodies from Game One to Game Two.  D-Wade started this one sloppy turning the ball over twice in the first few minutes.  Rachel Nichols quoted Wade saying, "I've felt the best I've felt going into the playoffs in years." It was evident starting the fourth quarter.  Wade caught fire and provided a spark taking on his role as closer.

Chris Bosh -- 20 pts, 5 reb, 0 ast -- B+
It looked like it might be another dud for Bosh early in this game as he picked up two early fouls.  He regrouped and opened up the second quarter with a layup and three pointer to increase the Heat lead to 13.  He went on to score 5 more in the second putting his halftime total at 10.  He shot the ball efficiently and looked like the Bosh of old.  He knocked down 4 three-pointers and shot 8-of-11 from the field.

Supporting Cast -- A
The supporting cast showed why the Heat can be considered one of the deepest teams in the playoffs.  Mario Chalmers scored 9 of the Heat's first 11 points.  Birdman threw down a monstrous dunk at the end of the first quarter and pounded a Bobcat layup off the glass near the end of the third.  Birdman could be the most important pickup for the Heat over the last two seasons.  James Jones got more minutes after an impressive showing in game one and he knocked down the first three he took.  Ray Allen finally scored in the series hitting a running jumpshot with two minutes to go in the third.

Miami Heat -- B
It was a tale of two halves in Game Two for the Heat.  During the first half the championship defense was on display.  The Heat made quick rotations and forced 12 turnovers in the first half turning them into 18 pts.  However, during this series the Heat continuously jump out to big leads, but they continuously give them up.  At the end of the third quarter Coach Spo preached consistency.  The defense only forced 3 more turnovers in the second half only turned them into 4 points.  The Heat dodged a bullet as they head to Charlotte up 2-0.  

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