- Dwyane Wade honored that Kobe Bryant paid him one-of-a-kind compliment in his book
- Jimmy Butler on why Miami Heat’s defense has been elite: ‘We got rid of Derrick Jones Jr.’
- Report: Kendrick Nunn partners with NBPA to help single fathers in Chicago
- Report: Victor Oladipo to seek specialist’s evaluation regarding timetable for knee injury
- Erik Spoelstra declines to answer whether Victor Oladipo will play for Miami Heat again this season
- Dewayne Dedmon offers fantastic response when asked what he’s willing to do for Miami Heat
- Report: Victor Oladipo increasingly unlikely to receive ‘anything near’ maximum deal this offseason
- Kendrick Nunn shows he’s been fully vaccinated and exclaims COVID-19 ‘can kiss my a–‘
- Gabrielle Union dedicates lengthy, heartfelt tribute to DMX
- Report: Victor Oladipo will not travel with Miami Heat on upcoming road trip
Five Adjustments the Miami Heat Must Make for Game 5
- Updated: April 26, 2016
The Miami Heat looked as if they were going to make quick work of the Charlotte Hornets after total domination in Games 1 and 2. Then the series moved to Charlotte and the Heat were carefully dismantled by Kemba Walker and company. Now the series is tied 2-2 as both teams head back to South Florida for a decisive Game 5 matchup. How can the Heat bounce back in the next game and prove to the world that they deserve to move on to the next round?
1. Get out in Transition
The Heat scored a total of zero fast-break points in Game 4. That is a serious problem. Though Miami is not a run-and-gun style team, it is disturbing that not a single point in fast-break transition was scored in Game 4. This is a sign of a team that is not moving fast enough, producing steals, or forcing turnovers.
Miami must get back to being the defensive juggernaut they were early on in the season and force the Hornets to make mistakes that can be capitalized upon. In the playoffs, games are often decided by a play or two and Miami must work harder to take advantage of each and every moment by playing lockdown defense, forcing Charlotte to make mistakes and bringing the heat (no pun intended) to the Hornets.
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