Miami Heat: Heat awakens late, tighte...

Miami Heat: Heat awakens late, tightens playoff race

There are 13 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Apr 4, 2009, titled Miami Heat: Heat awakens late, tightens playoff race. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

This, apparently, was the hangover. A night after clinching its first playoff berth in two seasons, the Miami Heat played down to the competition before pulling away Saturday night for a 118-104 victory over the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.

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Moldy

Gainesville, FL

#1 Apr 5, 2009
Great!!! All right Diawara, & James Jones! Solid!
heatastic

AOL

#2 Apr 5, 2009
Solid win. It'll be tough to overcome the Sixers though.
Commentarius Maximus

Boca Raton, FL

#3 Apr 5, 2009
"Spoelstra said he opted to start Diawara because he wanted to keep rookie Michael Beasley in his familiar reserve role. Beasley also had his moments, with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists in his second pro homecoming.'We didn't want to break up the starting-lineup rotation or the bench rotation,' Spoelstra said.'I wanted to keep it as seamless as possible.'"

Yup. Seamless. Beasley would have been completely overwhelmed had he been forced to leave the warm confines of his familiar reserve role. Heat fans are quite lucky to have a head coach with such a towering intellect.
Lena

Hollywood, FL

#4 Apr 5, 2009
Beasley, Cook, and Chalmers will be traded this off season for veterans. That's the Riley way and that's the way to get Wade to stay.
Steve

Chelsea, MA

#5 Apr 5, 2009
Fyuck Spoelstra. Fyuck his sister. Fyuck his mother. Fyuck that video-boy little bytch. His constant dyck-riding of Beasley and Cook has cost us the 4-seed, cost Wade the MVP award, and cost us a 50-win season..........

then he starts Diawara. Im done with this team. Im gonna go watch cleveland, at least Mike Brown is smart enough to start his 2nd best player Mo Williams instead of opting for Pavlovic cuz he's been there longer......... and Mo Williams sucks balls on defense.

Fyuck you video-boy. I cant wiat til you get fired. Bytch.
Steve

Chelsea, MA

#6 Apr 5, 2009
If he just started ONeal-Beasley-Cook-WAde-Chalme rs we would be able to beat ANYBODY.

He's a FREAKING CLOWN.
kenny

Auburn, WA

#7 Apr 5, 2009
Steve wrote:
If he just started ONeal-Beasley-Cook-WAde-Chalme rs we would be able to beat ANYBODY.
He's a FREAKING CLOWN.
okay, but you need balance, and cook WOULD GET ABUSED on the defensive ends by the bigger, stronger, faster, more athletic small forwards...and beasley would also get destroyed on the defensive end...if you take all those guys off the bench then your second unit becomes even weaker, cmon man think.
Bad Idea

Saint Petersburg, FL

#8 Apr 5, 2009
Steve wrote:
Fyuck Spoelstra. Fyuck his sister. Fyuck his mother. Fyuck that video-boy little bytch. His constant dyck-riding of Beasley and Cook has cost us the 4-seed, cost Wade the MVP award, and cost us a 50-win season..........
then he starts Diawara. Im done with this team. Im gonna go watch cleveland, at least Mike Brown is smart enough to start his 2nd best player Mo Williams instead of opting for Pavlovic cuz he's been there longer......... and Mo Williams sucks balls on defense.
Fyuck you video-boy. I cant wiat til you get fired. Bytch.
wow you are absolutely retarded. beasley cant play d for shyt and needs to work on his rebounding. so your gonna cry when he puts in a player that can play d and rebound? fyuck you, you idiot. go root for the cavs sellout.
ummm ok

Deer Park, TX

#9 Apr 5, 2009
Bad Idea wrote:
<quoted text>wow you are absolutely retarded. beasley cant play d for shyt and needs to work on his rebounding. so your gonna cry when he puts in a player that can play d and rebound? fyuck you, you idiot. go root for the cavs sellout.
True True...Although I agree that he stole wades MVP...
Steve

Chelsea, MA

#10 Apr 5, 2009
Cook hasnt been abused yet this year and he's guarded: Lebron, Kobe, Vince Carter, Gerald Wallace, etc

He does the job at SF just like Eddie Jones used to for us on our 59-win conference finalist despite being the same exact size as Cook (but 10 pounds lighter)

PS: Beasley averages 8 rebounds per 36 minutes and has been playing good d for over a month now, im pretty sure he's a MUCH MUHC MUCH better rebounder than Diawara and better for guarding PF's than Diawara (who is only 6'6" tall and is a d-league level SMALL FORWARD) is.
Steve

Chelsea, MA

#11 Apr 5, 2009
Point is that Spo is a Jeff Van Gundy clone and a complete moron.
I miss Stan Van Gundy.
If Spo was in orlando he would have either turkoglu or rashard lewis on the bench cuz "neither one is a power forward and it balances our bench" and theyd be a 45 win team with Dwight Howard bustin his a$$ every night like Wade has to...... he'd be starting Tony Battie at PF instead of Rashard (like Haslem over Beasley, just like that exactly) and if Battie got injured he'd call for Brian Cook to start.
Pathetic. If Spo was our coach in 2005 Eddie Jones wouldve been on the bench because "we think he's a bit too small to play SF", then we'd be a 45 win team instead of 60 wins we got.......
If SVG was our coach this year the starting lineup since the trade wouldve been Oneal-Beasley-Cook-Wade-Chalme rs or Oneal-Haslem-Beasley-Wade-Chal mers, period. And we'd have been a much MUCH better team. Shouldve NEVER EVER let orlando have him, dammit.
PS: Riley also had the balls to play Antoine Walker at SF even though he "wasnt a real SF", you have to focus on what guys CAN BRING to your team with their strengths instead of focusing on what they cant do. If every coach thought like that we'd have a very very very very very boring league.
If Mike Brown thought like that they'd have 45 wins and Mo Williams would be on the bench cuz "he's not a real pure pointguard and cant play defense" and Delonte West wouldnt be starting 2guard cuz "he's only 6'2, he's not a 2guard" and the Cavs would have a starting backcourt of Boobie Gibson and Pavlovic again and be a 45 win team just like they were last year.
Jeff Van Gundy and Spo are two peas in a pod as coaches. Let me tell ya.
Alex

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#12 Apr 6, 2009
Hate to admit, but Steve is right about Spo. He doesn't give Beasley any slack. Regardless of Beasley being so young with limited defensive skills, he is by far our second best player offensively.
Surfin Beagle

Schaumburg, IL

#13 Apr 6, 2009
ummm ok wrote:
<quoted text>
True True...Although I agree that he stole wades MVP...
MVP award is a media joke. Everyone outside of Cleveland and even some in Cleveland know it. Wade had more points, more steals, and most of all, MORE ASSISTS, which means while he is doing all the scoring, he also elevates his team. How can people still court James when he really has done nothing but score. I know they have a good record, but is it only because of him/

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