NBA Playoffs 2014 - Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat Game 3

Line: Miami -2

In a game that featured surprising performances from bench players for both teams, we had a much more competitive game 2 than the blowout of game 1. Brooklyn held a 6-point lead after the first quarter and took a one-point lead into the half. After an entertaining third quarter the Heat were up by 2 and the game was there for the taking. With the Heat up by two midway through the fourth quarter Marcus Thornton got a good look at a three pointer that would have given Miami its first 4th quarter deficit of the season. Instead the shot was and on the ensuing possession LeBron James found Mario Chalmers for a 3 pointer. After another defensive stop Ray Allen hit a three pointer from the same spot and the Nets were suddenly down 8 in a matter of seconds. The Nets managed to stay in striking distance until the 3:39 mark where they would not touch the ball gain for the next 100 seconds of game action. After James missed a three pointer, Ray Allen got an offensive rebound and the Heat killed more clock until another James miss that Dwayne Wade rebounded. Wade then found James who missed again, however Bosh got yet another rebound. Wade eventually found James for a layup with 1:59 remaining, the lead was 10 points and the game was over

For the Nets the problem may very well start with Deron Williams who did not score for the first time in 702 career regular season or playoff games. He has been battling injuries all season and has been a big disappointment. Through 2 games in the series Ray Allen has scored more points than his former “Big Three” teammates combined. Garnett is still a contributor on defense and will always rebound as he had 12 in game 2, however he only contributed 4 points on offense and looks very hesitant. Paul Pierce had a better game two and was strong defensively on Lebron James. He will need to become more aggressive if the Nets are going to make a run in the series. On the bright side they received stellar performances form Mirza Teletovic who had 20 points and shot 6-9 from the three point line and Shaun Livingston who had 15 points on 6-9 shooting.

For Miami James finished with 22 points to lead all scorers. Chris Bosh continued to be the most impressive player in the series with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Dwayne Wade had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Mario Chalmers continued to be consistent with 11 points and stellar defense in 34 minutes played. Allen’s 13 points were the only production that the team received from the bench. The Heat are now 6-0 in the post season and show no signs of slowing down.

The Nets will need a great start in game 3 if they want any chance of coming back in the series. Another slow start and they will be down 3-0 and the series will be over. Trust that the veteran team and their rookie coach will have too much pride to lie down.

Pick: Nets +2

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