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Miami Heat: B
Erik Spoelstra used his bench sparingly, but he got some solid minutes from the three reserves he went with besides Allen.
Udonis Haslem played just 10 minutes, hitting his only shot and grabbing five rebounds. He played far better than he did in Game 3, especially on defense.
Norris Cole got a tad isolation-happy to close out the second half, but when he finally settled down, his 0-of-4 showing didn't matter. Playmaking and tenacious defense—that's what mattered.
He finished with four assists and two steals in just 19 minutes.
Shane Battier was unable to hit a shot yet again, though he only attempted one in nine minutes. His defense was solid (one block), and he was able to battle down low on certain sets.
I'd like to go on the record now as saying I want to see Chris Andersen in Game 5. Watching him sit for the entire game simply didn't feel right.
San Antonio Spurs: B+
San Antonio's reserves pieced together a nice display here.
Gary Neal stayed hot, hitting 4-of-7 from the field (3-of-4 from deep) for 13 points to go along with three rebounds. I would've liked to have seen the Spurs run more set plays for him coming off screens, though I must credit Miami's defense for guarding against the three rather well.
Matt Bonner drilled his only two shots, neither of which were three-pointers. I know, I'm shocked too.
Boris Diaw was busy during his 11 minutes of action, connecting on 3-of-6 from the field, scoring nine points, grabbing three rebounds and dishing out one dime. Charlotte Bobcats fans are still scratching their heads more than a year later.
Cory Joseph, DeJuan Blair and Nando de Colo combined for 17 minutes and one point, the most un-Spurs stat line ever.
Truthfully, there's not much more San Antonio's bench could have done (Ginobili not included). The Heat were just better than the Spurs in Game 4. Sometimes that happens.