Miami Heat-Boston Celtics: Miami Meltdown at Heart of Game Two Blowout
Embarrassing comes to mind, as do a few other less polite commentaries.
This was a game that ended roughly two minutes into the second quarter; for all intensive purposes that's when the Heat stopped playing.
The stats for the contest are difficult to even look at, but let's focus on a couple in particular that stand out.
Besides Wade, Miami shot 18-58 on the night. On top of that, Boston had runs of 21-0 and 18-0 in the second and third quarters, respectively.
You really don't need to know any of the specifics to paint a clearer picture. So instead, we'll move on to the ramifications of the evening.
Wade and Beasley looked one wrong word away from a fistfight on several occasions, with Wade later saying to reporters "I'm tired of answering questions about Beasley not doing this, not doing that. It's on Michael."
Well, it's definitely on Beasley to answer some questions. It's understandable, for as frustrating as it is to watch, that Beasley struggles against a future Hall of Famer like Kevin Garnett. But that excuse falls miles short when he's being guarded by Glenn Davis and plays just as poorly.
This isn't the first time Wade has exploded when his frustration got the best of him. Earlier in the year, during one of the team's worst stretches Wade called out the entire team and coaching staff for their poor performance. They responded by winning five in a row; the first three by a combined 78 points.
The team has shown in the past that when their backs are against the wall, they'll respond.
There's no better time to do that than game three on Friday night.
If they don't, you can kiss the season and possibly Dwyane Wade's Miami Heat tenure goodbye.
Putting it all on the line and watching his teammates fade yet again might just be the last straw for Miami's beloved superstar.
But that can't be the motivation for the rest of the Heat roster to play at a level closer to what they're capable of. It needs to be for themselves, out of pride.
Letting a 14-point third quarter lead slip away in game one was hardly playoff worthy. Scoring a measly 37 points by the 5:24 mark of the third quarter of game two was hardly NBA worthy.
It shamed everyone in the organization from team owner Micky Arison all the way down the line to the nameless towel boys behind the bench.
There isn't a name on this roster short of Wade who did even half of what they're expected to do to avoid unacceptable blowouts exactly like the one on Tuesday. Jermaine O'Neal, Udonis Haslem, Michael Beasley, Quentin Richardson, Carlos Arroyo, Dorell Wright, Mario Chalmers, Joel Anthony, Jamal Magloire, and James Jones don't need to be told that.
Each and every one of them knows it.
Friday is the last opportunity to turn this thing around and avoid yet another one and done postseason for the Heat.
Realistically, they have a very slim chance of winning the series at this point, but if they lose again then you can call the morgue. No one has ever come back from a 0-3 hole, and this Heat team won't be the first.
Put the series aside though. Put statistics and history, the drama, and everything else aside.
All that matters is Friday night. It could be a pivotal moment in franchise history. It could erase the memory of shame cast over the organization in game two. It could be the first step toward joining the 13 teams that have crawled out of the 0-2 hole.
Or it could be the beginning of the end.
That's for this roster to decide.
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