The Miami Heat were clinical in their blowout of the Boston Celtics. They have to acknowledge that SF LeBron James will not drop that type of total every night and PF Chris Bosh and SG Dwyane Wade will have to put in more. Here are the three keys to winning the ball game and focusing on a beatable Oklahoma City Thunder squad.
III: Defend the Arc
The Boston Celtics made one triple on Thursday and as a result shot less than 10% from deep. PG Rajon Rondo hit some jumpers and then went cold, and Paul Pierce was held to pennies in point total. The Miami Heat will not need to shoot perfectly in turn from three point land, but the contrast in made triples came out to be eighteen points.
II: Keep blocking shots
Kevin Garnett was a lot quieter than expected, and Rajon Rondo carried most of the offensive load. There were highly contested shots at every turn under the basket. A few layups here and there were extremely tight and banged off the rim. G/F Shane Battier played stellar defense as did SG Dwyane Wade whilst matched up against Rajon Rondo.
I: Win the turnover battle early
The turnover contrast was slight, but in the first quarter Miami was able to force some dumb turnovers and run in transition. A major moment was LeBron James taking a steal cross-court to be fouled and roll the layup in. That was part of the first major ten point run that put Miami ahead for good. Turnovers are what the Heat need to run, and running for Miami is a way to slice up the Boston defense and take advantage of their weariness. In the very least, if fast break points do not open up, Miami needs to turn the ball over less than Boston.
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