Thursday, December 17, 2009
Heat Runs Past Raptors
We now know what the Heats up-tempo game looks like. Tuesday night the Heat put pressure on the Raptors from the opening jump. They pushed the pace on offense and pressured the Raptors on defense. Michael Beasley had an outstanding game with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Given the opportunity this kid could post a double-double every night. His performance over-shadowed another very good showing by Dorell Wright who added 16 points and 8 rebounds. Carlos Arroyo had another productive appearance with 12 points and 3 assist but most importantly 0 turnovers. Experiencing his first non-start of his career, Chalmers contributed 8 assist off the bench. There were five Heat players in double figures which mean Wade did not have to carry this team to victory but it was obtain with a group effort. Diawara followed Sunday’s game with another stinker. At least he scored his first points of the season. Jermaine did help with 4 rebounds but he has to do better and he is capable of a better showing. Wade finished with 19 points and 7 assist but again shot the ball poorly. His poor shooting percentage is a direct reflection of his inability to finish. He’s getting to the rim at will but seem not to have his usual lift in his legs. Another thing that I have noticed lately is Wade’s inability to get his usual calls from the referees. On more than one occasion he has driven in the lane and has been absolutely clobbered and failed to get the call from the refs. It appears to be a conscious effort by the refs to deny him these calls even when contact is blatant. WHY?