Thoughts on HEAT vs Cavs

By HeatDiehards
Mar. 07, 2017

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports



?-Two straight victories against the Cavaliers. With both Lebron James and Kyrie Irving back.



-Cavaliers almost made it interesting late in the fourth quarter. After trailing by as many as 20 points, the Cavs were able to cut the lead down to 5 with 2 minutes left in the game. 


-But the Heat were able to sustain the Cavs run and come out with the win.



-The Heat's two leading bench scorers Tyler Johnson and James Johnson were out tonight. It was the shoulder for Tyler Johnson and the elbow injury for James Johnson.



-Which meant more ball handling duties for Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters.




-Dion really came to play tonight. He started off scoring 14 of the Heat's 29 first quarter points and had 24 in the first half. He was limited in the second half but his dagger three closed the game.

BALL HARD D. WAITERS!

— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT)



-While Dion was quiet for most of the second half, Wayne Ellington heated up in the second half hitting some timely three pointers. It's always good to see him make them against other teams instead of the Heat.


-Since January, It seems like every time a player goes down, there's another one ready to step up. 


-Dragic with another game of drawing a foul from the three point line. Is there anyone doing better than him?




-Heat went with a four guard lineup(Waiters,McGruder,Richardson, Ellington) with Whiteside in the second quarter. Waiters had the task of guarding LeBron.


-All the Heat's perimeter players had a hard time guarding LeBron James, who finished the night with a double double.



-Heat forward Luke Babbitt's night was short with back spasms. Okaro White started the second half in place of him.




-Speaking of injuries, new Cavs center Andrew Bogut went down after 58 seconds of action in his debut. He tripped over Okaro White for the foul and was carried off the court. X-rays determined that he has a fractured tibula. 


-He just can't a break with injuries this season.


-You have to wonder now if he'll recieve the same fate as Chris "Birdman" Anderson did earlier this year. 



 -Pat Riley met with free agent forward Jared Sullinger a few days ago. But according to Ira Winderman the team has no plans to sign him as of now. Should the team decide to add him or another player they'll most likely release Chris Bosh, beginning the process of receiving salary cap relief.



-Next up, the Charlotte Hornets in the AAA on Wednesday night.


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