Miami Heat: Game Three Implosion Quick Reaction
This wasn't just the Pacers beating up on the Miami Heat, this was as spectacular implosion as we've seen in recent years in the NBA.
Dwyane Wade shot 2-of-13 for five points with five turnovers, and he had a total plus-minus of minus-25. LeBron James scored just seven points in the second half, and the Heat netted just 42 points in the second half.
The only bright spot for Miami was the play of Mario Chalmers, who was able to get inside the paint far too easily and finished with 25 points. It was a totally meaningless 25 points, though, as the rest of the so-called supporting cast shot a collective 1-of-18 and 3-of-31 when Wade was added to the stat.
With the Heat suffering under the Pacers stifling defense and quick ball movement, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra called timeout after timeout to get at his players and try and get them pumped up to fight back.
Well, Wade did fight back, squaring up to Spoelstra and giving him a few choice words before veteran leader Juwan Howard could break things up.
Perhaps it would have been better if Wade was suspended for his blatant and dangerous shove on Darren Collison in Game 2? Ball don't lie.
The Heat clearly miss Chris Bosh more than anyone fully understood. There were times tonight when the Heat needed a third scorer to take usage away from LeBron and take up the slack left by Wade.
A quick word on the Pacers, a team that fully deserved the win. They seem to have figured out Miami. Scary to think that the Eastern Conference's top two seeds might not make the Conference Finals, but it's now a (likely) scenario.
Roy Hibbert and the Pacers' offense were stifled by the Heat fronting Hibbert in the post, leading to plenty of late shot-clock attempts that ultimately clanged.
This time, Hibbert did a better job getting position and the Pacers had him set up in the high post, allowing him to effectively run the offense from there. He would finish with 18 rebounds and 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting.
Game 4 is not until Sunday afternoon, plenty of time for the Heat to rest up, clear their rattled heads and come back out to attempt to level the series.
If tonight is anything to go by, however, Miami is the prize fighter put on the ropes by the plucky underdog, just a few well-placed blows away from hitting the deck.
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