Heat holds on for 2nd win

Heat holds on for 2nd win

There are 9 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Nov 18, 2007, titled Heat holds on for 2nd win. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Asked for his assessment of the struggling Heat, Lawrence Frank cut to the chase.

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Heat Hater

Pompano Beach, FL

#1 Nov 18, 2007
DAVID BOYCE
NBA pro-con: Is the Miami Heat done? Yes
The Heat and coach Pat Riley are down right now, but things could change if Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade return to all-star form. Don’t be fooled by Miami’s one-point loss Friday night at Boston and think the Heat is ready to turn it around.
At best, the Heat is a fringe playoff team in the Eastern Conference and absolutely no threat to win it.
Yes, Miami looked better against the Celtics, the hottest team in the NBA. And Dwyane Wade is rapidly playing himself back into all-star-caliber form.
But even if Wade performs at an MVP level this season, it won’t be enough to raise the Heat to an above-.500 team.
The simple reason is center Shaquille O’Neal is a diesel with several flat tires and no mechanics around.
O’Neal’s days of dominance on the inside are over. O’Neal has always had limited offensive skills. He scored his points by using his power and the help of referees who rarely whistled him for a charge when he bowled over defenders.
The power is fading from O’Neal. The referees are calling him for more charges. Also, O’Neal just doesn’t look hungry to win another title.
The longer it takes Miami to get to the .500 mark the more disinterested coach Pat Riley will become. Look for him to take another midseason sabbatical.
Wade is great. He can take ordinary talent and make the team competitive. But what the NBA has shown through the years is one star is never enough to be a championship team.
Wade needs some young help, and he just might get it next season because it appears Miami is headed to the lottery.
| David Boyce, dboyce@kcstar.com
Franco

AOL

#2 Nov 18, 2007
The HEAT did win against a bottom team....
Wait until they play the upper echelon ones !

PS The SHAQ attack is history !
Niko

Tampa, FL

#3 Nov 18, 2007
I didn't see the game but it sounds like, to a large extent, which was less awful. Shaq, just shutup and play.
chango-ochumeleg ua-yemaya

San Antonio, TX

#4 Nov 18, 2007
if they could close the year wit a .500 record, that would be impressive!! and they really need to do that to be in a decent spot. they have the people for that, they just playing disgusting. the heat second win came to de expense of nets not having carter in the line up and 27 turnovers.. but the heat never the less play much better, they also play better on their loss to boston. they have the pieces to be at the best a conference contender (not NBA champions) others teams have load it up real good...
Chris V

Wayne, NJ

#5 Nov 18, 2007
It's scary how much Dwyane Wade is better then everyone else when he is on the court. He takes a pounding. Nobody attacks the rim like him. Anyone catch the drive to the hoop with 10 seconds left drawing the fall. He tried to dunk it over 2 guys. Now all he has to do is work on the free throws. The shots will start falling once he get more comfortable. The heat will always have a chance as long as D Wade is heatlhy. Don't forget that.
Fuse

Miami Beach, FL

#6 Nov 18, 2007
I think they will gel, we still have a lot of basketball left. Cook looks pretty good, so does Johnson. Davis is a vet, I expect what he has done thus far and more. He has game.

I think Blunt needs more playing time to see what he can bring.

For Shaq, he is right. I went over the games and the guy is trying to do a little too much which makes him look bad. Imagine if at your job you had to write, print and sell all in one hour. NOt easy ehh?!
Dog

Hollywood, FL

#7 Nov 18, 2007
The one thing that I have learned from being a Heat fan is to never count them out. They are to unpredictable for anyone to say what they will and will not do. If this team gels they can go all the way. Also, I know that there are a lot of people who don't like Wade. But I'm telling you this kid is special. Has anyone noticed how much better the Heat is playing now that he is back in the line up. It is like night and day.
TONY-P

Brookhaven, PA

#8 Nov 18, 2007
Heat Hater wrote:
DAVID BOYCE
NBA pro-con: Is the Miami Heat done? Yes
The Heat and coach Pat Riley are down right now, but things could change if Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade return to all-star form. Don’t be fooled by Miami’s one-point loss Friday night at Boston and think the Heat is ready to turn it around.
At best, the Heat is a fringe playoff team in the Eastern Conference and absolutely no threat to win it.
Yes, Miami looked better against the Celtics, the hottest team in the NBA. And Dwyane Wade is rapidly playing himself back into all-star-caliber form.
But even if Wade performs at an MVP level this season, it won’t be enough to raise the Heat to an above-.500 team.
The simple reason is center Shaquille O’Neal is a diesel with several flat tires and no mechanics around.
O’Neal’s days of dominance on the inside are over. O’Neal has always had limited offensive skills. He scored his points by using his power and the help of referees who rarely whistled him for a charge when he bowled over defenders.
The power is fading from O’Neal. The referees are calling him for more charges. Also, O’Neal just doesn’t look hungry to win another title.
The longer it takes Miami to get to the .500 mark the more disinterested coach Pat Riley will become. Look for him to take another midseason sabbatical.
Wade is great. He can take ordinary talent and make the team competitive. But what the NBA has shown through the years is one star is never enough to be a championship team.
Wade needs some young help, and he just might get it next season because it appears Miami is headed to the lottery.
| David Boyce, dboyce@kcstar.com
FOR SOMEONE TO SAY THIS SO EMPHATICALLY IN NOVEMBER SHOWS YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE NBA, FURTHER KC DOES NOT HAVE AN NBA TEAM SO WHO CARES WHAT YOU THINK, YOU GOTTA HOP ON A PLANE JUST TO CATCH A GAME, GO WATCH A ROYALS OR CHIEFS GAME YOU MORONIC MIDWESTERN MOMMALUKE
Tejas

Sydney, Australia

#9 Nov 18, 2007
I still cant believe how Jefferson missed that layup from point blank range. But this is the Nets so what do you expect? They go out west now and they will get absolutely belted if Carter doesn't play

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