NBA Finals 2011: Are Miami Heat Cracking Under Must-Win Pressure?
Technical Fouls Could Be Sign Of Heat Losing Cool In 2011 NBA Finals
It’s never a good sign when the officials find themselves in the spotlight in a crucial game. The refs for tonight’s Game 6 have been forced into that uncomfortable position by the dead-ball altercation that resulted in three technical fouls (two on Miami) in the second quarter.
With Dwyane Wade’s third-quarter T added to the total, the Heat seem to be doing their best to self-destruct. They’re the only ones facing serious pressure tonight (even if they lose, Dallas has played remarkably well and will get another shot on Tuesday), and it appears to be affecting their play.
For all that the second-quarter incident was triggered by some Dallas showboating, Miami would be unlikely to have risen to such small provocation had they been up instead of down 3-2 in the series. Wade’s technical seems a similar sign of desperation from a usually even-keeled competitor.
Miami has plenty of time to reverse this trend and win Game 6. If they want to make it happen, though, they’ll have to keep their heads in the game more than they’ve done through nearly three full quarters.
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