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Notes, quotes, postscripts from Heat's Game 2 loss

Postscripts from the Heat’s 97-93 loss to Indiana in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, which is now tied at one win apiece:

### LeBron, predictably, was hard on himself for his two turnovers in the final minute (one with 43 seconds left, one with eight seconds). It was the first playoff game in his career in which he committed two turnovers in the final minute.

“I’m very disappointed in my judgment and plays down the stretch, but I’ll make up for them," he lamented afterward. "I made two mistakes tonight that hurt our team. That hurt more than anything – I let our teammates down. They expect me to make plays down the stretch. I came up short. That burns. The best thing about it is it isn’t college. It isn’t one loss and you’re done.”

LeBron explained the two turnovers thusly:

“First one, Ray had a pick and roll and David West put his hands up and was able to get his hands on the ball. Little careless on my part. If I could take it back, I would throw a bounce pass.

“Second one, I spun and saw Ray Allen wide open and was careless once again. I tried to throw it through the lane, and they were able to get their hand on it. [George Hill specifically]. Can’t happen in that situation, especially being down two.” He said he should have made a “jump pass” on that play.

Teammates, naturally, were supportive: “We’ll take LeBron in that position a million times,” Dwyane Wade said.

James closed with 36 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals – but also five turnovers.

### The Heat didn’t score over the final 1:43 of the game and scored just five points over the final 6:08.

### Paul George, blossoming into a star, scored 14 of his 22 in the second half. “He’s really good, he’s going to be a great,” said James, who slapped hands with him, good-naturedly, at the end of the third quarter. “I love competition. I try to stand up to the challenge.”

### This continues to be a surprising problem: The Heat closed 7 of 22 on threes and is shooting just 33 percent on three-pointers in postseason.

“The outside shot isn’t there for the guys who have been hitting all year,” James said. “We have to figure out a way to get our shooters into the game more. We have to get them some shots early in the game where they feel like they’re a part of the offense. It comes from me, Chris, D-Wade.”

### Wade closed with 14 points, continuing to score far less than his 21.2-point regular season average. He closed 6 of 14 from the field. “Anytime you lose at home in the playoffs, it stings,” Wade said. “We had opportunities. Offensively, I think we got good looks but just didn’t knock them down.”

### James said the “X-factor” was George Hill, who scored 18 points – including two free throws with 48 seconds left and two with eight seconds to go, accounting for the final four points of the game.

“This whole team is just showing great desire and heart and belief,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “They believe they can win this series and they’re giving it all their might. They’re rising to the challenge. I’m very, very proud of them. We look like a true team.”

### Roy Hibbert shot only 13 for 34 against the Heat in three regular games, but he has been far more efficient in this series against several defenders -- Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and briefly, Joel Anthony. He was exceptional Friday, with 29 points and 10 rebounds.

After shooting 9 for 18 in Game 1, Hibbert shot 10 for 15, doing all of his damage in the paint, including hook shots, dunks and layups. And he shot 9 for 10 from the line. And unlike Game 1, Hibbert was in the game at the end.

“He’s giving great efforts on the offensive glass,” Vogel said. “Efficient scoring, great extra passing. Making winning plays.”

### David West struggled from the field (2 for 9) but hit a key basket with 1:59 left and also made 9 of 10 free throws. “David has incredible will to do whatever it takes to win a game,” Vogel said.

### West said: “They are the best team in the NBA. [But] our confidence hasn’t wavered.”

### The Heat again didn’t get enough from its starting power rotation players. Bosh scored 17 but his rebounding remains disturbingly deficient. After hauling in just two boards in Game 1, Bosh closed with five, giving him 15 in five games against Indiana this season.

"We just played at their tempo the whole night,” Bosh said. “We never really got to what we do. We’re just going to have to do a better job dictating tempo. Any time you give up 50 percent shooting this far into the season you are probably going to lose. They just pretty much choked the life out of us.”

### Haslem mustered just one point and three rebounds, with foul fouls, in nearly 14 minutes.

### Chris Andersen again had an impact, with seven points, three boards and a block, but played just 15 minutes. Because he expends so much injury, the Heat believes he would be less effective if he played a lot more. He made both his shots and is 31 for 37 in post season.

With Bosh and Andersen picking up three first half fouls, Spoelstra used Anthony for a 1:43 stretch before halftime.

### Another problem: The Pacers sustained their edge on the boards -- they outrebounded Miami by 45 in three regular season meetings, by five in Game 1 and by seven (39-32) in Game 2.

### Power rotation players Hibbert, West and Tyler Hansbrough (who had no points and two rebounds) combined for 42 points and 19 rebounds, compared with 25 and 14 combined for Bosh, Haslem, Andersen and Battier.

### Erik Spoelstra’s bottom line: “We pride ourselves in finishing. Particularly when we have leads, to be able to finish. We just weren’t able to to do it tonight.”

### The loss was just Miami’s fourth in its past 50 games.

### Neither team will practice Saturday. The series resumes Sunday in Indy, 8:30 p.m. start.        

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Marios

Aint no thang. Been there before. We will take 2 at indy and prevail.

DoomandGloom

This heat run is sadly over. and james will go back to cleveland in 2014.

The Miami Sports God

Fire Spo!

david in los angeles

we lose one game and now we're done? you're a real genius

Cane For Life

the fire spo thing needs to happen immediately and has been needed to happen for 3 years now. This team wins in spite of him and his complete lack of adjustments in any game. As for lebron going back to cleveland in 2014 you are obviously on drugs

Exasperated

I don't understand the free pass Spo gets here. Vogel is a great coach, makes one judgment move that doesn't work out, and gets excoriated. Spo couldn't and hasn't coached a high school team, just talks in cliches, and hasn't a clue what to do during games. And gets a walk. If I were Lebron I'd let Riley know either Spo is replaced with a real coach in 2014, or I'm gone.

rboud

Hey Exasperated - Get Real! Spo can't make his 3 point shooters make wide open shots. When the Heat start making a few more of these wide open looks, they'll prevail. If not, they will lose the series.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Someone tell me how Spoelstra is a bad coach.

What do you dislike about his rotations?

What do you dislike about his offensive motions and playcalling?

What do you dislike about his defensive schemes?

Point being - you're all a bunch of whiny idiots with nothing to say. NBA coaches around the league respect coach Spoelstra and without his innovative switch to small ball last season the Heat would not have won the championship.

omaximus

Its disgraceful that Bosh is outrebounded game after game by LBJ and Wade. Its a lack of effort and toughness nothing more, despite the many excuses Spo and the players try and make for him.

Exasperated

Bosh is a stretch 4 playing the 5. Most of the time he is keeping his man away from the boards or spacing the floor so that others can rebound. He can't be 2 places at once. And he is giving away 4 inches and maybe 50 pounds to Hibbert, who is a real 5 and damn good at it. Bosh is not the problem, IMO.

Exasperated

On coach Spo. No organization in the world would hand over this team to a neophyte who had never been head coach of a park league team. Riley didn't want another strong coach after the VanGundy embarrassment, he wanted to be the Svengali who could pull all the strings.

Specifically, Spo is mechanical and utterly predictable in his rotations, and because of that he gets killed on match ups when real coaches like Carlisle, Doc and even Vogel adjust and he doesn't. They eat his lunch every time. All he does is talk bs-- stay the course, play to our identity. Yech! The idea of targeting an opposing player with 2 fouls to get him a 3 re, for example, is utterly foreign to Spo. Battier and Allen have been toast all playoffs--old legs burnt out during the crazy 27 game win streak. Great minutes management Spo!

A real coach would get Miller and Lewis out there to add size and rebounding without sacrificing 3point shooting (not that there is anything to lose in that department). A real coach would play Anderson with Bosh 25-30 minutes. Haslem is done, warrior that he is.

I could go on and on. Yes, you are I could trot out this talent and not make any adjustments and just "manage the frustration" and if we shoot better, we win the championship anyway. The point is, do we win in any part because of Spo? Or despite him.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

* Spoelstra was an assistant coach for over a decade under Riley before becoming head coach.

EVERY organization has hired head coaches with less experience, including the organizations that first hired Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, and Doc Rivers.

That's just an ignorant statement.

* EVERY coach has a predictable rotation - Poppovich and Rivers have predictable rotations, that's the goal of every coach.

* Explain how Carlisle, Rivers, and Vogel 'adjusted' and Spoelstra wasn't able to. You're pulling that completely out of your rear, playing the result.

* All Spoelstra says is coach speak? No sh*t, that's why it's called coach speak - his goal is to answer questions while saying as little as possible.

* A 'real coach' would play Andersen 30 minutes? He's playing the same minutes he's played the past two years - he's only good in short bursts, he's not the same player at all without his energy.

* Too much playing time for Allen and Battier in the regular season might be a legitimate complaint - even though they both played the least amount of minutes in their careers and the whole point of the regular season is to lock down your rotation and make those groups comfortable with each other. But I'll give you that one, maybe he could have rested them more in the regular season.

What a terrible coach.

Now what 'adjustments' were you talking about? Just kidding of course, you can't answer that. Or 'go on and on' with bad moves Erik Spoelstra has made as head coach.

The Heat would not have won the championships last season without Spoelstra's innovative small ball, there's just no question about that.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

And BTW, if you watched the regular season you'd see that time after time if Allen or Battier were struggling early he'd put in Miller for a couple minutes early in the second.

If Miller hit one he would take Cole's minutes in the second half.

Lem

Spo is an outstanding coach....perfect for this team...how many championships has Vogel won?

Octavio de Armas

Folks simmer down and get a life. Did u expected The Heat not to lose a game in the playoffs ? All four teams remaining are here because they are good. So let them play tomorrow and let chips fall where they may.

Exasperated

Anderson hasn't played in 2 years and Spo has not tried to stretch him out to see how much he can go. Adjustment 1 not done. Miller for Allen, adjustment 2 not done all playoffs despite regular season success. Lewis for Battier, more size, more rebounding justas good a shooter. #3. Not targeting players with potential foul trouble. #4. Comparing Spo's experience to world champion players who became coaches is a joke. Lois, u got a thing for coach Spo? Because any objective person would PREFER every coach you mentioned and MANY others to Spo for this, or any team. We are stuck with him, but no way anyone would pick him over a laundry list of better coaches. Except maybe you.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

WTF are you talking about, Andersen played for the Nuggets last year and the year before.

Miller for Allen - Spo has done this in the regular season and playoffs, guarantee Miller will be on the floor in game 3 if Allen or Battier don't go off early.

Lewis is only a good rebounder as a small forward, he's not muscling out David West or Roy Hibbert for the ball. And he has no one to guard this series, he would get eaten alive by West, complete liability.

Targeting players - ok then.

And you're the one comparing Spo's experience to other coaches - "No organization in the world would hand over this team to a neophyte who had never been head coach of a park league team".

Of course I'd take any of those coaches over Spoelstra, but they're not available.

Spoelstra's a good fit for the Heat because he's an extension of Pat Riley. He is what he is - a great tactician and Xs and Os guy with zero motivational skills.

Harping on Spoelstra is nuts, they wouldn't have won without him last season.

Enough with "fire Spo", it's just negative nonsense from bitter fans. People forget what an great job he did just getting Miami into the playoffs in '08 and '09 with Wade, Beasley, Arroyo, Richardson, and JO.

Exasperated

Lol. We just disagree on coach Spo. I think he adds nothing and too often keeps them from doing better. You think he is Riley, jr. That's ok, because the Team is the issue not the coach. I still think we win it all this year And next despite, not because of Spo. But if we don't, don't be surprised if the natives that really matter get pretty damn restless and throw the PC support for the "family coach" right out the window. And to end my comments on this issue, wasn't the point of this whole discussion that the best team in the world deserves at least ONE of the best coaches in the world, not the utter mediocrity (or worse) that we have?

TK SWAN

GREAT POINT EXASPERATED! SPO SHOULD PLAY BOTH ANDERSON AND BOSH TOGETHER BECAUSE BOSH ACTUALLY PLAYS WEST WELL BECAUSE OF HIS LENGTH. HIBBERT WOULD STILL HAVE TO PLAY AWAY FROM THE BASKET BECAUSE OF PICK/ROLL WITH ANDERSON AND WEST HAS A PROBLEM GUARDING BOSH DOWN LOW. FOR THE HEAT TO TAKE COMMAND OF THE SERIES THEY NEED TO MUSCLE LEBRON DOWN LOW AGAINST GEORGE. SPREAD THE FLOOR AND POST LEBRON ONE/ONE AGAINST HIM. THIS WILL FORCE THE DOUBLE TEAM AND THEN OPEN UP THREE POINT SHOTS. RIGHT NOW SPO IS STILL PLAYING OUTSIDE IN AND THE THREE POINT SHOT IS EASIER TO GUARD. AS FAR AS DEFENSE GOES SIMPLY PLAY A "HIBBERT RULE"! LET HIBBERT SCORE AND STOP EVERY ONE ELSE, MAKE HIBBERT HAVE TO SCORE 50 PTS!! SOUNDS CRAZY BUT WHAT VOGELIS DOING IS FORCING THE HEAT TO FOUL AND THEN PACERS STAY AT FREE THROW LINE AND SLOW THE GAME DOWN. WITH ANDERSON AND BOSH IN AT SAME TIME WILL NEUTRALIZE WEST AND ALLOW THE HEAT TO PLAY THOSE 3 PT SHOOTERS WHO ARE ONLY SCORING KEY 3 POINTERS NOT DEPENDED 3POINTERS. HEAT WILL WIN ONE IN INDY BECAUSE HIBBERT WILL STRUGGLE AND THE 3PT SHOT WILL RETURN. WADE IS SLOWLY GETTING HIS JUMPER BACK AND ONE OF THESE GAMES WADE WILL SCORE 25 PLUS! WATCH! HEAT WILL WIN IN 6 MAYBE 7 BUT THEY WILL WIN THAT'S WHEN THE DAYS REST THEY'VE HAD WILL BECOME AN ADVANTAGE.

Ronnie B/Miami native

Exasperated you sound like me when i'm watching the game. No one can dispute you if they really knew the game. You don't wait any longer for Allen and Battier to show up. It would be different if you didn't have a bench but we have professional shooters like Miller/Lewis and JJ who would not miss that many wide open looks. Real coaches don't fear making a change in personnel for the sake of the team. Also, starting Haslem any longer is ridiculous because he gives us NOTHING. All these changes should have happened after GAME 1 not when you get on the road. Reserves are more comfortable with changes are made at HOME games. Does anyone remember this TERRIBLE coach last year starting Dexter Pittman in the playoffs at Indy. Blew up in his face. What about their 1st year together in the Finals against Dallas when this clown put Bosh on Dirk at the end of the game instead of Haslem better yet Joel Anthony who was our best post defender at the time and still is who gets no play. You Spo fans really want to keep supporting this kind of coach. Give me a break..

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Spoelstra is the price the Heat pay for having Pat Riley as our president.

What's left to say?

Exasperated

Bless you TK. Spo seems to learn nothing. Didn't Lebron go visit Akeem for a reason? When he stands outside dribbling, and now he's back to shooting frequent 3s like in year 1, it makes me cringe. You isolate him on the low block and he either scores, gets fouled, or kicks to the open shooter.

Exasperated

And RonnieB....that's "tellin it like it is."

Exasperated

Lois, truest thing you have said all day.

jmike

Fire Spo! are you people idiots, do you know basketball, it obvious you don't.

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