Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Post-Game Playoff Marks - Nets Game One

Courtesy: Fox Sports
Heat win 107-86.. Lead series 1-0.

LeBron James -- 22 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast -- B+
On a night when Kevin Durant received the MVP trophy, Lebron showed the world who the best player is.  The stat line wasn't as impressive as usual, but James's fingerprints were all over this one.  He worked on the low block a lot tonight facilitating and scoring efficiently.  He saw four different defenders in the first quarter alone, but the Nets could not find an answer for him.  Lebron is playing with extreme confidence, and looks to be ready for another deep championship run.

Dwyane Wade -- 14 pts, 4 reb, 5 ast -- B
After scooping up the ball and going high off glass for a fastbreak bucket, Wade got up and the look on his face said it all.  He was coasting through this one, toying with the Nets all night long.  Wade becomes the alpha-male when Lebron goes to the bench to start the second quarter and its where he thrives.  If he can continue to produce in that short span of the game, it will give the Heat an extra boost.

Chris Bosh -- 15 pts, 11 reb, 3 ast -- B
Much like Lebron, Bosh's stat line didn't reflect his true contribution to the game.  He was aggressive offensively which always bodes well for the Heat.  He came alive in the third quarter knocking down his shot from outside and getting to the basket.

The Sweet Taste of Revenge -- B
After being swept by the Nets in the regular season, the Heat got the first taste of revenge in this one proving that they are the dominate team in this series.  The "Big 3" for the Heat didn't have a spectacular performance so look for them to improve in the next few games.  This was the appetizer in what looks to be a pretty big feast for the defending champs.

Miami Heat -- A-
Coach Spo made adjustments before the series even started as he placed Shane Battier in the starting lineup to guard Joe Johnson.  As a member of the Dallas Mavericks, coach Jason Kidd was last to beat the Heat in a playoff series.  Early on, the Nets offense showed signs of that Mavs team.  The ball movement was quick and crisp, but the Heat's rotations were also quick.  They used an unusual balanced scoring night and a 33-23 third quarter to put the Nets away.  Ray Allen scored 19 points, knocking down four three-pointers.

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