Sprinting Nuggets leave Heat with a s...

Sprinting Nuggets leave Heat with a slow burn

There are 34 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Dec 2, 2007, titled Sprinting Nuggets leave Heat with a slow burn. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Coach Pat Riley warned his players what would happen if the Heat came out sluggish against the high-flying Nuggets on Sunday night.

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FSU booster

Phoenix, AZ

#21 Dec 3, 2007
Isn't Riley smart enough to control a blowout? If your starters are getting killed try something else. The only player on the team right now with guarenteed minutes is WADE. Riley find FIVE STRONG willing to compete, JWiLL was asleep, Haslem is average, Shaq a joke, etc etc
clueless

Los Angeles, CA

#22 Dec 3, 2007
when kobe broke his finger before the 1999-2000 Lakers championship season phil jackson vowed, "if you're going to beat the lakers you're going to have to stop shaq." best thing that ever happened to the lakers cause it clearly established whose team it was. lakers got off to a 12 and 3 start without kobe. 3 peat.

shaq isn't the same guy he was back then, but if you are losing it makes sense to try something different. riley should insist that shaq get the ball early and often. riley should insist that shaq take 18 to 19 shots a game. riley should keep shaq in during early foul trouble and force the league to foul him out early. shaq is taking fouls as much as ever, but the league isn't alowing to dish it out any more. riley should cry like san antonio's front office and send tapes in showing shaq getting abused. riley should insist that wade take 18 to 19 shots a game. riley equal opportunity offense with piss poor player efficiency isn't working. one two punch: shaq starts, wade finshes.
running joke

New York, NY

#23 Dec 3, 2007
That's it...that's the joke. The Heat trying to run !
Sorohe

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#24 Dec 3, 2007
HEAT SUCKS!!! BIGTIME!!
Fat Lady

Pasig, Philippines

#25 Dec 3, 2007
williams46 wrote:
"What tactic? Be embarrassed the whole season and disappoint the paying public especially those who pay big bucks then you say they lose just to obtain a lottery pick next year. Have you heard of the word DIGNITY. Shame on you!"
Yeah.And I think the Heat is making every team in the NBA happy right now. They could always be assured of those precious wins if they need it. It's so generous you know. And a lottery pick is just the right compensation. And that will be the time when the team will become solid. Cook will mature and other players will be traded to get the right ones while some will not be resigned I guess. The team right now is like an engine with the wrong parts. It alweays choked along the way. So, looking towards the future is just about right.
You gave a wrong comment. THINK!!!!!!!
williams46

Calamba, Philippines

#26 Dec 3, 2007
I don't know. Even the players themselves are confused like anyone else does.
kenny g

Seoul, Korea

#27 Dec 3, 2007
Why are so many people worried about the possibility of losing Wade after three years? If he is that good, he would cost 20 million dollars. And if he decides to leave, there will be 20 million dollar available to spend on another quality player. Wade is a great player, but how great is he? Would you rather have a Garnette or Wade? Would you rather have Shaq at his prime or Wade? Would you rather have Duncan or Wade? Would you rather have Bryant or Wade? The list goes on and on. Let's just hope that Wade can play so good that he will be demanded by everyone in the league. I mean let's just cross our fingers and hope that he is that good. I really mean that we should worry about him playing well now instead of worrying about him leaving after three years. With 20 million dollars you can buy a load of bread. It might not be Wade, but there will be someone. Believe me, money talks. With Shaq going, that would be 40 million dollars available for taking. I am not worried about Wade leaving after three years. I just hope he plays better. Most importantly, I hope he can become a better defender. Michael Jordan was a defensive player of the year and was nine time first defensive team. That is a lot of energy and effort, and he still had something for the offense. I hope I can see at least a little something like that from Wade. And hopefully,Wade, Davis, Parker, William stop trying to make this team into a Sacramento, Denver, golden state, Memphis, or even Suns who haven't won anything. The recent championship teams look like Chicago, Spurs, Houston,, Detroit, and Heat. They run when they have opportunity, but, mostly, they control the tempo and play a controlled ball game. They were all great defensive teams. But, this Heat defense sucks gound up. Worst part is the perimeter defense, the williams, wade, hardaway. Williams and hardaway should not be starting with wade. That makes it the no-defense triangle. And suprisingly, Shaq has been the most consistent player, although he is only a shadow of what he used to be. Right now Riley has gone too far left with wild uncontrolled game. he needs to balance it and demand defense from this group starting with Wade...and demand that Shaq has at least 15 attempts a game...and demand to play under control without turning the ball over so many times....Bring Williams and Davis off the bench and start Wright over Hardaway. Hardaway was a great player, but his time has passed. He seems awakward out there.
kenny g

Seoul, Korea

#28 Dec 3, 2007
When the ship goes down...somebody is responsible. Of course the players bear the responsibility also, but mostly it falls on the President Riley and the Coach Riley. The president Riley has put together a team of make shift every year and that has caused the team to start poorly every year. last year he did not make any move, and this year, he changed to whole roster. In both years, he should have made 2 or 3 key moves and keep consistency and also have a few fresh spirits. He let two three key components, fitting parts, Posey, Jones, and Kapono, go. They were not great players, but they fit perfectly with Shaq and Wade who demands a lot of touches. Posey, Jones, Kapono had good size and were content to play defense and be efficient offensive players and not demand much. They got rid of them and got out of control players and made Shaq and Wade worse. Wade, Williams, and Hardaway, together are the traingle- -of-no-defense. And the Coach RIley has not been better than the President Riley. The Coach Riley has not prepared this team to perform with identifiable planof action. Everyone in the NBA knows that their greastest assets are Shaq and Wade...but by letting this team run wild (and I do think running is necessary to some degree), and being unable to identify when to shut it down...the team has lost its identity and lost confidence by trying to do something they are not good at. I guarantee...if you throw it in to Shaq 25 times, it will turn into socre 15 times, contrary to shooting jump shots that they convert only about 7 times out of 25 times. Shaq has lost a lot. But, he is still their meal ticket...just ask any oppsoing player or coach preparing for heat. Williams and Davis off the bench....Wade play with more control...and Shaq get more rebound and Haslem shoot a little better and go for a layup also instead of always settling for a jumper. Wright starts for his rebounding and defense. Cook comes off the bench and be a scoring spark. That is what they need to do.
williams46

Calamba, Philippines

#29 Dec 3, 2007
I have a feeling the turnaround is just a few games away.... the 25th as coach Pat Riley gave himself that duration to come up with a regular rotation. Part of that time is spent on experimenting and some are spent on psyching up the players.
according to me

New York, NY

#30 Dec 3, 2007
With each game for both teams it's apparent both J-Will and Andre Miller of the Sixers are becoming less relevant to their respective teams. Miller to me is solid. Make it happen Riles, add some throw-ins, and try for Korver while you're at it.
Alex

Miami, FL

#31 Dec 3, 2007
williams46 wrote:
The season is still in tis early stage. Anything can still happen.
Only thing can happen is 6:16
niko

San Francisco, CA

#32 Dec 3, 2007
All of South Florida sports just suck! It must be bad karma or something.
niko

San Francisco, CA

#33 Dec 3, 2007
When I visited the Philippines a few years back I saw lots of good basketball being played. I see a lot of comments from the Phils ... hey you guys. Are there any really good point guards available over there? I know a team in Florida that really needs help at that position.
mike

Hollywood, FL

#34 Dec 3, 2007
kenny g wrote:
Would you rather have Bryant or Wade?
you're kidding me right?? kobe bryant is the jordan of our time, its just no one wants to admit it. im not that big of a fan of kobe bryant, but you cannot deny he is hands down the best player in the league by far. wade shouldnt even be mentioned in the same sentence as bryant. again, wade cannot shoot past 15ft, cannot defend, ball handling skills are suspect, and at times tries to do too many flashy passes which results in turnovers. hes only good at acting for fouls but what good is he now that hes shooting 60% from the line?

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