6/03/2005

In limbo

To quote Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, "What were you thinking?"
Holy crap! I've talked in the past about bad shot distribution, but this was ridiculous! Arroyo and Lindsey combine for 15 shots, while Rasheed has 3? Brown's got to give those two a stern talking to and very soon. Granted, a few of Arroyo's were down the stretch when the game was pretty much out of reach, but it still adds to the problem. Not only was the distribution bad, so was the selection! In the fourth quarter, they got the Heat into the penalty with about 8:30 left on the clock. So what did they do the rest of the quarter? You'd think they'd try to pound it inside, slow the game down and get to the stripe. Instead, they proceeded to take deep jumpers for most of the remaining 510 seconds. Pretty much everyone except Ben was to blame with the shot selection. Chauncey took some weird triples, Tayshaun was seemingly scared to go inside after Wade beat him there twice in a row, Lindsey needs to learn how to hit layups... jeez. Rebounding was good though. However, what was the worst part about this? As bad as their O was, their D wasn't really that bad. Miami just got some great performances. Rasual Butler played out of his mind (did you see those jumpers on the baseline?), Damon Jones was coming out of nowhere, Shaq was good past the first quarter (!), Haslem... well, they didn't defend him too well. Most of his buckets were on open jumpers. Like I said, it wasn't so bad.

But there is a cure!
As bad as their O was in a fairly crucial game, I'm still confident they can win the series. As mentioned yesterday, they've done this before. Last year I was kind of down after game five against the Nets, but the Pistons pulled it out. Granted, the game seven is on the road this time, but I believe in them. They're 8-0 in their last 8 games with a chance to close out the other team, so I think that the final game being in Miami isn't that troublesome. Also, Wade might be dinged up. Speaking of that, that was terrible! They claimed he tweaked his back on a jumper, but he went out of the game after taking that "charge" on Rasheed. Funny thing about that "charge"? Rasheed came at Wade head on and Wade fell at a 45 degree angle. Hm... not suspicious at all! If Wade and Shaq are both not 100%, then the Heat are in a lot of trouble. Butler and D. Jones won't be so effective next time. Also, I don't want to hear the "Pistons only won the series because Wade and Shaq were hurt" card if (when) the Pistons win it. Ben took an elbow in the mouth from Shaq a few plays later and continued to play after a moment's rest (due to the stoppage in play). Finally, there's the big one, the Pistons "play well with their backs against the wall". Sounds dumb, but it's true. They won when down 2-1 to the Pacers and Heat, they've won in tough situations in the regular season under the mantra... you get the idea, we've heard it enough times. So let's recap: They've done it before, they're awesome in close out games, Wade might also be hurt and they play well against the wall. In conclusion, the Heat will finish their playoff run with a record of 11-4.

The best player to have a career FG% of 40.4 died
It's funny. Well, it's sad and funny. George Mikan was one of the all time greats, which is sad. Widened the lane because of him, made great use of the hook shot and so on. On the flip side it's funny how there's so much love because "he was the first" yet there's occasionally a severe lack of love towards Wilt because, as one person once put it, "You could put Chris Mihm in the league during Wilt's time and he'd have similar numbers". Note, this was before Mihm turned into a decent player partway through last year. Tell me, is there anyone better than Mikan that you could apply that phrasing to? Yeah, he was the first star, that's all well and good. But until guys like Bob Pettit and poor Maurice Stokes came along, there was pretty much no one near him in size. Even then, Mikan had 40 pounds on Pettit and 3 inches on Stokes. I think you could make a pretty good case for the Lakers' current center back when their #99 center was running wild. At least, a better one for then than when Wilt was dominating. I'm not saying that Mikan wasn't great, he probably was, but a lot of his greatness might've been due to that he happened to come into the game at a time where the game was bereft of big men.

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