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ECF Heat-Bulls Game 1: The 3rd quarter of doom

Posted on: May 16, 2011 12:51 am
Edited on: May 16, 2011 1:44 am
The third quarter of Game 1 spelled doom for the Miami Heat vs. the Bulls

Posted by Matt Moore

Please excuse my use of an exclamation mark here, but...

This was a tied game at the half!

For 24 minutes, the Heat and Bulls played to a standstill. Then the 3rd quarter happened, and, well, here's where you get to choose your own cliche. Things came undone. The Heat imploded. Things went down the tubes for Miami. There was a stampede. Or, to put in in classical terms, Tom Thibodeau walked into the locker room at halftime and said:

"Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war."  

It was a slaughter, from the very first play. The Heat came out with a flurry of athleticism to start the game, and when the Bulls responded to the start the third quarter with a barrage of intense play at both ends, the Heat were thrown to the ropes and never recovered. Here are some elements that led to the disaster, from the box score and Synergy Sports:

Bulls-Heat: Game 1
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  • Of the Bulls' 19 offensive rebounds, six came in the third quarter. Miami had none. The Heat had four turnovers, Bulls had none. The Bulls shot 47 percent, the Heat shot 33 percent. That's how you get got. 
  • The Heat surprisingly only had 14 ISO possessions in the game total. Eight of them came in the third quarter. Which means that the Bulls forced a team that had been moving the ball, working out of the post, and finding the cutter, to take 57 percent of their total one-on-one possessions in one frame of play. The Bulls said "You should stop passing and try and go hero mode" then waved their Jedi hands, and the Heat complied, dutifully.
  • Most pathetic? This wasn't some roster adjustment by either team. has the rotations for the game. For seven minutes and 58 seconds of the third, it was starters versus starters. And the Heat were blown out of the water, outscored by nine before Erik Spoelstra took out the only member of the Triad playing well, Chris Bosh, and put in James Jones, electing for small ball. No help. 
So while the entirety of the second half was a problem, but it was all sourced to the blitzkrieg in the first eight minutes of the third. That's when the Bulls smacked the Heat in the face, and the Heat demurely complied with Chicago's request to abandon everything that had been working. One-on-one play, weak play inside, poor shooting, the works. 

That's how Miami lost Game 1. 

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:34 am

ECF Heat-Bulls Game 1: The 3rd quarter of doom

The Heat don't have the depth to compete with the remainder of the playoff teams.  I think this is the end of the road for them.  As for the game, this article alludes to a lapse in focus and concentration in the third quarter.  I dunno if Miami really came out cold, or they didn't change anything, or too much, or what.  It just seems that they didn't execute they way they could've like they had done so many times before through the year.  Were they overwhelmed? Did they know how to respond? Couldn't they just play defense like they're supposed to? All I know (and this is the end-all statement), is that when you have a coach constantly changing his starting line-ups to build a more effective unit, well, that team doesn't even get past the first round of the playoffs, much less win a championship!

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 7:34 am

ECF Heat-Bulls Game 1: The 3rd quarter of doom

to keep it simple mr moore-----thibs!
u don't become COY w/o knowing how 2 adjust and make ur team execute as the game wears on...... 

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:48 pm

ECF Heat-Bulls Game 1: The 3rd quarter of doom

the only problem with you line up nbalord is how that will effect the heat defensivly james can not play post defense on bozzer the whole game and bosh will still get killed on the boards with noah what the heat need is defense not another shooter rose killed the heat and the heat could not box out worth a damn i do not see how adding miller or jones helps then box out and stop the bulls from getting second chance points

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 12:49 pm

ECF Heat-Bulls Game 1: The 3rd quarter of doom

@ super anthony P

Well, I fell for it.  I read your blog super AP and I should have known better after your opening statement in this post. Do you drink alcohol to excess?  How many beers does it take to get the taste out of your mouth after fellating the one with the audacity to accept a name of biblical proportions.  He may have many god given gifts physically but he is one bag of junk between the ears.  He was a multi-millionaire coming out of high school and the basketball world was drooling for more "King James".  I question his ability to put in the effort to be a winner at the highest level (meaning the play-offs) after it all has come so easy.  He got tired of working hard in Cleveland and made "the Decision" saying they were gonna win immediately and repeatedly.  They still might but they are the team that needs to make the adjustments, put in the extra work, reach down deep and suck it up.  He was admittedly demoralized last night.  I hope he keeps that feeling, it will be a short series if so.

Last night the 2nd half looked like Seal team 6 vs. Osama BL.   Luckily for the Heat it was just a metaphorical killing.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 10:20 am

ECF Heat-Bulls Game 1: The 3rd quarter of doom

Lebron's talent is so freakishly good and D. Wade is a top teir player with an all-star at center you'd think that this team wouldn't need to make so many adjustments to at least play competetive. As great as Rose has been playing the team around him shouldn't be much or any better than the team around Lebron, yet the Bulls suddenly look like they are legit favorites. It's hard for me to believe Rose is the player Lebron is, or even much better than D. Wade especially at his age and yet he looks to be that much closer to a title than the 8 year vet in James. How?

It's led me to a question I wrote in my blog  if anyone is interested in reading.

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 9:12 am

ECF Heat-Bulls Game 1: The 3rd quarter of doom

The Heat should try playing bosh at center ,lebron at PF, and Miller or Jones , at SF,wade G,and Chalmers PG,this will give them an extra shooter , becouse with Joel Anthony is like your playing with 4 guys ,the bulls were not even paying attencion to him.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:34 am

ECF Heat-Bulls Game 1: The 3rd quarter of doom

Makes sense when you think about it.

Heat come out to make a statement.
Bulls, realizing that the game is four quarters long, weather the storm and are not fazed.

Second half comes with Heat having shot their wad, the Bulls unmoved and better rested (that deep rotation).
They to THEIR tear, and the Heat have no response except to grow tired.

Since: Jul 14, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:20 am

ECF Heat-Bulls Game 1: The 3rd quarter of doom

That's how Miami lost all their games against the Bulls this season, the 3rd Qtr numbers shellac the Heat. I guess the halftime massages or manicures don't fire the Big Three up enough.

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