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The Miami Heat got off to quite a commanding 24-16 lead in the first quarter of Game 5 Tuesday.fuelled by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (14 points combined in the first quarter), they even led by as much as 11 points at one time.
Then the Boston Celtics started to eat away at that dominance bit by bit in the second and third quarters before holding on to a small lead in the final period.
And just as things began to get tough what did Miami do?
Jack up a bunch of stupid three point shot attempts.
Credit Boston’s great defensive rotation on their man-to-man defence that fooled Miami into thinking the Celtics were playing a zone scheme.
But with two of the best inside scoring wing players in the game in Wade and LeBron as well as what looked like a healthy-enough Chris Bosh, the amount of terrible/contested three point shot attempts they took is simply inexcusable.
The Heat shot 2-for-4 on threes and 10-for-19 overall in the first quarter. After that they did little more than hope their long range game could squeeze out a victory, going an abysmal 5-for-22 from deep the rest of the way.
We understand the Heat were one of the better three-point shooting teams in the league during the regular season (ranked ninth), but it simply hasn’t worked against the Celtics.
Going into Tuesday night’s game Miami had only made 30 per cent of its threes over 66 attempts in this series. Those numbers would’ve ranked 29th in the NBA over the full 2011-12 season.
Charles Barkley loves to say, “You live by the three, you die by the three.” Miami looks like exhibit A right now.
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