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A hellish start to the game for the Heat

If it were necessary to establish a model of the beginning of the match not to do, that of Miami in this Game 4 in Boston would undoubtedly be a reference. Because in the first quarter of this meeting, nothing worked for the Heat.

The Celtics imposed their will by sinking their defense with 29 points. Then, in attack, it was the total desert with only 11 points scored at 3/20 to shoot.

Erik Spoelstra’s troops remained silent in terms of shots scored for 8 minutes and 38 seconds! During this time, the Heat posted an awful 0/14 to shoot and lost three balls. Never has a team experienced such shortage, in shooting in the playoffs, to start a game in the last 25 years…

“We started this game so badly”could only see, and lament, the Heat coach at a press conference. “It’s largely because of our attack, it lacked strength and will. We dug a hole and we couldn’t get out. »

“We were static, we took contested shots. When you fall into this trap, facing a big defense, you have the impression of being in quicksand.

If the Boston defense was obviously strong to hinder the Heat, Bam Adebayo and his band still had open shots at the start of the game. Enough to at least fit one in. But finally, the minutes passed and the shots always ended up hitting the hoop.

“They were better at crashing into us and making the right rotations in the racket,” Erik Spoelstra analysis. “They applied the same strategy as in Game 3, but they were more determined. They tried even harder. We were static, we took contested shots. When you fall into this trap, facing a big defense, you have the impression of being in quicksand. »

However, the double NBA champion coach did not draw his first time-out of the game, to readjust his team stuck in a failed start to the game. Should he have acted sooner? But above all, how to explain such a hell, of almost nine minutes, to register a simple basket?

” It’s hard to say “replies Victor Oladipo, the first Miami player to score. “We will have to look at the images. Unfortunately, we didn’t start well and we were never able to come back from that. »

When the former Indiana tries his luck at 3-pts (a shot he will score), the Heat are trailing 18-1. All the Miami players entered in this first quarter (except Duncan Robinson) will try their luck but only Oladipo and Jimmy Butler will find the circle. Adebayo will only score one free throw.

“It’s our fault. We insisted too much on mid-range shots, me first,” explains Jimmy Butler in the face of the absence of danger carried near the basket by the Heat. “A lot of our attempted 3-pointers weren’t really good either. There isn’t much more to say. We need to move the ball more, find the open player and deal with it. »

Shots Bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd bp Int CT party Points
Jimmy Butler 57 33.9 48.0 23.3 87.0 1.8 4.1 5.9 5.5 2.1 1.6 0.5 1.5 21.4
Tyler Herro 66 32.6 44.7 39.9 86.8 0.5 4.5 5.0 4.0 2.6 0.7 0.1 1.4 20.7
Bam Adebayo 56 32.6 55.7 0.0 75.3 2.4 7.6 10.1 3.4 2.6 1.4 0.8 3.1 19.1
Kyle Lowry 63 33.9 44.0 37.7 85.1 0.5 4.0 4.5 7.5 2.7 1.1 0.3 2.8 13.4
Victor Oladipo 8 21.6 47.9 41.7 73.7 0.4 2.5 2.9 3.5 2.0 0.6 0.1 1.6 12.4
Duncan Robinson 79 25.9 39.9 37.2 83.6 0.3 2.3 2.6 1.6 0.8 0.5 0.2 2.5 10.9
Max Strus 68 23.3 44.1 41.0 79.2 0.4 2.6 3.0 1.4 0.8 0.4 0.2 1.7 10.6
Caleb Martin 60 22.9 50.7 41.3 76.3 1.2 2.7 3.8 1.1 0.9 1.0 0.5 1.7 9.2
Gabe Vincent 68 23.4 41.7 36.8 81.5 0.3 1.5 1.9 3.1 1.4 0.9 0.2 2.3 8.7
pj tucker 71 27.9 48.4 41.5 73.8 1.4 4.0 5.5 2.1 0.9 0.8 0.2 2.3 7.6
Markieff Morris 17 17.5 47.4 33.3 88.9 1.0 1.6 2.6 1.4 1.2 0.4 0.1 1.9 7.6
Mychal Mulder 2 22.1 40.0 50.0 100.0 0.0 1.5 1.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 7.0
Dewayne Dedmon 67 15.9 56.6 40.4 75.0 1.6 4.2 5.8 0.7 1.0 0.4 0.6 2.6 6.3
Nik Stauskas 2 11.9 37.5 50.0 75.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 5.5
Omer Yurtseven 56 12.6 52.6 9.1 62.3 1.5 3.7 5.3 0.9 0.7 0.3 0.4 1.5 5.3
Ja’vonte Smart 4 10.0 47.1 44.4 0.0 0.3 1.0 1.3 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.3 5.0
Kyle Guy 19 9.8 40.0 35.0 66.7 0.2 0.7 0.9 0.9 0.7 0.4 0.1 0.6 3.9
Kz Okpala 21 11.6 43.5 34.6 72.7 0.5 1.4 2.0 0.7 0.2 0.2 0.3 1.2 3.7
Chris Silva 9 9.7 53.3 0.0 83.3 1.4 2.4 3.9 0.8 0.9 0.0 0.1 2.2 2.9
Udonis Haslem 13 6.4 45.2 25.0 100.0 0.3 1.6 1.9 0.3 0.4 0.1 0.1 1.2 2.5
Haywood Highsmith 19 8.6 34.8 32.1 40.0 0.5 0.8 1.4 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.7 2.3
Marcus Garrett 12 10.7 23.8 25.0 40.0 0.8 1.2 1.9 0.6 0.2 0.4 0.3 1.3 1.1

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