The 2007-2008 history between the Washington Wizards and the Miami Heat was posted prior to Friday’s game. The history of this season? Well, it’s only a couple days old. Read the full Heat-Wizards game 7 blog if you’d like, but all you need to know about the embarrassing 97-71 loss is the 20-3 run that Miami went on to end the 3rd quarter, after the Wizards had a couple chances to cut the Heat lead to four points.
Strong words were uttered in the aftermath. The Wizards claim to know the salve that can cure what ails them, but knowing and and applying are two different things. The Miami Heat have gone 1-4 on the road this season, being defeated by an average of 10 points in the four losses. If the Wizards once again struggle and the game is close throughout, you may want to put your money on the team with the bona fide superstar.
Game Day Reading:
- The Wizards have played the fewest games in the league so far and that has been a recipe for inconsistent, often disjointed basketball. Even after putting things together and earning their first win of the season over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, the Wizards came out flat and were beaten in every aspect during Friday’s 97-77 loss in Miami.
[Wizards Eager to Find Rhythm - The Washington Post]
- [Eddie] Jordan highlighted rebounding as the area requiring the highest priority, impressing upon his guards to get into the mix rather than letting the post players go after errant shots. Judging by the tempo of the past two practices, the Wizards said they feel more focused and energized as they prepare for a rematch with the Heat.
[Wizards looking for redemption - The Washington Times]
- Friday’s loss in Miami was explainable in three ways: 1. Dwyane Wade took over. 2. Shawn Marion’s defense on Caron Butler eliminated Washington’s best offensive player. 3. The Wizards simply didn’t bring it.
[It Really Comes Down to Effort - Wizards Insider]
- Eddie Jordan spelled it out yesterday. He wants his team to be more aggressive on the inside and protect the paint and the rim and of course win the battle of the boards. On offense he wants better screens set. There need to be better spacing and the forwards have to be involved.
[Game Day Heat - Washington Wizards Blog]
- So what about the sprained right ankle that kept the Heat guard [Dwyane Wade] out of Monday’s practice? No way, Wade said, will it keep him out of tonight’s game against the Wizards.
“That’s not my goal, to make people think I can make it through the whole season,” he said of the latest advertising campaign for his sneakers. “I want to play the whole season.”
[Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade to play through pain - Sun-Sentinel]
- Whatever improvement this team has made – and it’s made a little – would be all but lost without Wade, the star that makes everyone else’s incremental progress possible. This year would look like the aimless doodle Michael Beasley drew that one time he went to class at Kansas State University.
I know these little dings happen in an NBA season, but it’s early, and I’m officially starting to worry. It feels like foreshadowing.
[Countdown to Armaggedon: Wade's Injuries Piling Up - The Peninsula is Mightier]
- If consistency is measured in maturity, perhaps it makes sense that the Heat is 5-5, as well as great at home and awful on the road.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, prior to this season, only once previously over the past 14 years had a team started two rookies in each of its first 10 games. That’s when Stephen Jackson and Kenyon Martin did it for the Nets in 2000.
This year, Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers have done it for the Heat (as well as Marc Gasol and O.J. Mayo for the Grizzlies).
[Miami Heat Blog - Sun-Sentinel.com]
- Which explains how [Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra] got locked out of a team meeting during the 2005 NBA All-Star Game in Denver despite being an assistant coach on the Eastern Conference staff of then-Heat coach Stan Van Gundy.
Spoelstra, who had briefly stepped outside of a hotel ballroom in which players and coaches had assembled, was mistaken for an autograph-seeker when he tried to return. The guard at the door refused to let him back in. An exasperated Spoelstra waved down former Heat center Shaquille O’Neal, but O’Neal laughed at his predicament and pretended not to know him.
[Spoelstra Got Started In the 'Mail Room' - The Washington Post]