Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 5:12 pm
No, but I'd expect "all cylinders at the same time" for the Miami Heat to be Shaq having 25/12/3, Wade with 40/6/5, Williams with 16/8/4, Walker with 20/10, Zo with 5 swats, Payton with 10 points, Haslem with 15/10/1...
But a good Miami game doesn't have Gary Payton play 20 minutes just to end with 2 points, 2 assists, and 1 steal (along with 2 T/O's). It also doesn't involve James Posey (despite how good he played defense) play 30 minutes and only attempt 2 three-pointers (ending with 4 points). Jason Williams only threw 3 assists that night, too.
Shaq played his best game of the series... and only got 9 shots off that night (with Walker getting 17 - in 2 less minutes - and Wade throwing up 26). That's inexcusable (especially when considering how many 3-in-the-key calls he got because he had his man beat inside so many times and Miami couldn't get him the ball for the dunk). In Orlando or LA, Shaq would have scored 40 points on a night like that. In Miami, where he allows DWade to basically run the offense, he was content with less than 10 shots??? I'm sorry, Big D, but you're being TOO selfless. You gotta demand more shots that like (especially when you're on fire).
Miami got good performances from Wade, Haslem, Shaq, and Williams... but they couldn't get the ball to the hot hand (and everyone else had a sub-par night). If the Miami role players showed up (nothing big, just played their usual game) the way the Dallas role players are (aka, Dampier, Stackhouse, Harris), the series would still be 2-1... but it'd be the other way around.
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