Monday, April 28, 2014

Post-game Playoff Marks - Bobcats Game Four

Courtesy: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Heat win 109-98.. Win series 4-0.

LeBron James -- 31 pts, 7 reb, 9 ast -- A
LeBron opened up this game showing the world his basketball IQ.  He started by drawing two fouls while shooting three-point shots and proceeded to make 5-of-6 free throws.  The rest of the first half wasn't super aggressive for James.  He finished the half with 11 points and was fourth on the team in field goal attempts behind Wade, Bosh, and Chalmers.  Heat Nation started sweating when LeBron went down during the third quarter with what appeared at first to be a serious knee injury.  James returned to the game and shortly caught fire.  He knocked down a three, hit a long two, and dunked one on the break.  He scored 9 straight points for the Heat after the injury.

Dwyane Wade -- 15 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast -- C
It looked like it was going to be another strong game for Wade in this one.  He was aggressive early, getting to the rim, drawing contact, and getting to the free throw line.  However, as LeBron took over during the 2nd half Wade took a backseat as he picked up some quick fouls that sent him to the bench.  Wade put in a mediocre performance as the Heat cruised to Round 2.

Chris Bosh -- 17 pts, 8 reb, 3 ast -- B
I love when CB sets the tone early as he did in this game.  He drew an and-one and hit a floater in the lane in the opening minutes.  He played a very efficient game shooting 7-for-12.  Like Wade, Bosh took a backseat in the second half as "The King" reigned over the Bobcats.  Except for knocking down two late jumpshots, Bosh was pretty much invisible in the second half.  He tends to float from time-to-time, but I think it's necessary when LeBron has it going.

A Little R&R -- A+
As the Heat have just swept the Bobcats, 5 of the 7 remaining series are already guaranteed to go six games.  The Heat will get some much needed rest as the rest of the teams in the East will be expending energy.  This gives time to work out any nagging injuries that Wade, James, and Chalmers might have.  

Miami Heat -- B+
Where was the defense in the first half?  The Heat allowed 54 points on near 50 percent shooting for the Bobcats and for the third time in four games the Heat played sub par defense in the first half.  There was no answer for Kemba Walker who scored 10 of the Bobcats first 12 points as the Bobcats searched for offense with Al Jefferson out.  The Big 3 scored 18 of the first 21 points.  After a close first half, the Heat outscored the Bobcats 32-17 in the 3rd.

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