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Postscripts from Heat's Game 3 win; Nevin Shapiro lashes out at UM/NCAA, lies under oath

Please see our last post, if you haven’t, on Nevin Shapiro lashing out at UM and the NCAA, and a look at the potential fallout of the revelation – reported by The Herald earlier Sunday – that Shapiro lied under oath about a matter unrelated to the UM case.

Meanwhile…

Some postscripts from the Heat’s 114-96 Game 3 win at Indiana, highlighted by a 70-point first half:

### Udonis Haslem had impeccable timing on his most impactful game of the postseason: 17 points (8 for 9 shooting) and 7 rebounds in just 23 minutes, which is actually a few minutes more than he usually plays.

He shot 5 for 6 on shots from at least 15 feet from the basket, after making 6 of 19 of those shots in 11 playoff games entering Sunday, according to ESPN's Stats and Information. His 17 points were three shy of his postseason career high.

“He’s the heartbeat of our team,” LeBron James said.

Said Erik Spoelstra: “He has played his biggest in the biggest moments, when you need him, when there’s adversity. In the 10 years I’ve gotten to know him, he cannot be defined by numbers. He’s defined by winning plays and toughness that most players don’t have.”

Pacers center Roy Hibbert said: “Our game plan was to limit those [role] guys, make sure they got nothing. Make the Big Three do all the work. Haslem was the one who really pushed them over the edge. He wasn’t hitting those shots the first two games, so I was helping off him.”

### Smart move by Spoelstra to put James in the post a bunch of times, especially in the second quarter when the Heat extended its lead to 70-56 at halftime. James fully capitalized on his side advantage over Paul George, and the Pacers erred by not double-teaming. He shot 5 for 7 on postups.

"They didn't come down in the post," James said. "It was a one-on-one matchup. I tried to take advantage of it."

“That was something we wanted to get to, to get us to a more physical attack,” Spoelstra said. “We wanted to be more aggressive getting into the paint to see what would happen. LeBron was very committed to not settle.”

Hibbert said: “We have to do a better job of helping Paul out. They spread out us, so I couldn’t do as good a job getting over. We have to make adjustments.”

### James (8 for 17) finished with 22 points, and the Heat outscored Indiana by 22 with LeBron on the court.

George entered with the best plus/minus in the series at plus 17. But the Pacers were outscored by 17 with George on the floor Sunday.

Ugly night for George: 3 for 10 from the field, five turnovers, just 13 points.

“They made it pretty tough to get to the paint,” George said. “They tried to load up on the strong side.”

### Not only is the Heat 5-0 on the road in the playoffs, but Miami became the first team to win five road playoff games in a row by double figures in all of them. Miami has won 23 of its last 24 on the road.

### This was critical: Miami had only five turnovers, a franchise playoff low. What’s more, the Heat shot 54.5 percent from the field and 24 for 28 from the line after struggling on free throws (66.7 percent) in the first two games.

### Wade was highly efficient: 18 points on 8 for 14 shooting, with 8 assists, 2 blocks and a steal. It was his ninth game in a row that he didn’t score 20, but it hardly mattered.

And Wade showed some explosiveness on a couple drives to the basket, which was encouraging in light of his right knee issue.

“This was our best game so far of the playoffs,” Wade said. “Our mindset was to play Miami Heat basketball, the way we know how. The biggest thing is they had a chance to see our halfcourt defense [because] we had only five turnovers in the game. Offensively, we got the shots we wanted.”

### The Heat’s 70 first half points were the most in a half in a playoff game since Golden State scored 70 against Utah in 2007. Miami did it by shooting 63 percent and committing one – one! – turnover.

The key, besides, well, making shots?

“We were more committed to not settling and not letting them off the hook with shots they want us to take,” Spoelstra said. “The ball was moving.”

### Don’t underestimate Mario Chalmers’ impact, especially in the third quarter.

His 14 points were meaningful, and his floor game was sound: four assists, no turnovers. "Mario came out very aggressive [in the third]," Wade said. "It gave them something to worry about."

### Chris Andersen, who shot 4 for 4, had 9 points and 9 rebounds in 22 minutes and is now 13 for 13 from the field in the series. And, oh by the way, his 85.4 percent shooting in the postseason is the best in NBA playoff history for players with at least 40 shots.

### Hibbert closed with 20 points and 17 rebounds but shot just 4 for 12. David West had 21 points and 10 rebounds, but this was key: When Chris Bosh (15 points, 3 rebounds) left with his fourth foul with 7:41 left in the third, the Heat led 74-67.

The Heat then went small, with Shane Battier and Haslem, but the Pacers couldn’t take advantage, and the lead swelled to 87-73 before  Andersen entered with 2:27 to go in the third.

During the time the Heat went small with Haslem and Battier, West shot 0 for 3, and Hibbert’s impact was limited (four points).

“They made some adjustments – started rolling off pick and rolls and caught us off guard in that respect,” West said. “They did a good job of moving the ball. LeBron wasn’t holding it. Wade wasn’t holding it. And guys made shots.”

Said Battier: “I’m not the biggest guy, if you haven’t noticed, but I can play with energy and be disruptive.”

### Ray Allen, who hadn’t made a three-pointer in Indiana in two prior games this year, hit 2 of 4, and the Heat was 6 for 14 beyond the arc.

Battier finally hit a shot (a three), closing 1 for 4. He’s now 1 for 11 in the series, but his defense was exceptional Sunday, and the Heat was plus-16 in Battier’s 21 minutes.

“Tonight, the ball moved,” Allen said. “It wasn’t stagnant. We got some pretty good looks beyond the arc, and it opens the paint a little more. We’ve got some tough-minded individuals on this team.”

### This was one night when the Pacers’ rebounding advantage (45-36) didn’t matter. Not on a night when the Heat was brilliant offensively and not on a night when George, Hibbert and Lance Stephenson (2 for 10, 7 points) all struggled from the field.

Amazingly, the Heat still hasn’t lost consecutive games since Jan. 8 and 10, in Indiana and Portland.

### When a series is 1-1, the team that then wins Game 3 has gone on to win 77 percent of NBA playoff series.

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No Longer Exasperated

Gotta give credit when it's due...coach Spo isolated Lebron in the block and, of course it worked. Adjustments galore, inside and out, offense and defense. Team played best game of the season. Talk about great timing! Congrats all around.

taheati

I am eating dirt thanks to UD. But this dirt tastes good. This dirt is scrumptious. Haslem just reminded the Pacers -- and a few knuckleheads like moi -- you gotta play the Heat 5-on-5. I will gladly eat dirt the rest of the series if UD shovels same on the Pacers

helium

What is encouraging is that I don't believe we have played exceptional Defense yet. We still have room to grow toward playing a complete game on that side of the court.

rboud

This series could still go 7 games, but the Heat do have the advantage. They need to rap it up before a game 7 because that could get very dicey.

Dom

I am with ya. I thought start Rashard as a stretch 4 and keep the bench the same n just give rashard UDs minutes. But he came thru. THats miami heat basketball. We all need to relax every time we lose 1 game. Even in the finals we lost to OKC, everyone panicked............... Nice job fellas.

Jojo

David West "likes where we are" so far in the series.Hopefully he will STOP saying that after Game 4 and another Heat victory.He best just be hopeful for his team s chances for a victory.Pacers have a long way to go and the Heat just showed them (and themselves) that with Miami s shots falling.....the Pacers will not win this series.Offensively....Miami s got much greater scoring potential/Last night Miami drew up a blueprint on how to attack/defeat the Pacers.Indiana will be hard-pressed to make ENOUGH adjustments to matter in slowing down the now AWAKENED sleeping giant.Miami PLAYED like the CHAMPIONS they are last night.GO HEAT.

TK SWAN

I GUESS THE THING TO DO IS NOT WIN A GAME ON THE HEAT'S COURT AND THEN GO HOME FOR THE NEXT GAME, ASK CHICAGO,NOW INDIANA. THE THING I'VE NOTICED IS THIS INDIANA THOUGHT THEY HAD A HANDLE ON THIS SERIES AND NOW THEY REALIZE THEY DO NOT. WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN THE 3 BALL STARTS TO FALL? BLOW OUT HEAT WIN. THE PACERS ARE BIG AND PHYSICAL BUT THEY GET 50% OF THERE POINTS AT THE FREE THROW LINE. LAST NIGHT THEY WENT TO THE LINE 44 TIMES!! THAT IS ABSURD ONE SIDED OFFICIATING AND THEY STILL GOT BLOWN OUT. ALSO THE PACERS ARE STARTING TO GET WORN OUT. THE ATLANTA SERIES AND THE LONG MINUTES PLAYED IS STARTING TO HAVE IT'S EFFECT. THIS NEXT GAME WATCH THE PACERS IN THE 4TH QT. THE ONLY WAY THEY WIN ANOTHER GAME IS THE HEAT SLOW THE GAME DOWN AND TURNOVERS OTHERWISE THE PACERS MAY NOT WIN ANOTHER GAME. TO BE NICE OKAY MAYBE ONE MORE BUT THIS SERIES BELONGS TO THE HEAT.

Marios

Props to exasperated for admitting his erred comments after game 2, I thought he wasn't a true Heater but he put his team ahead of his pride. I knew that beating the Heat in G2 was a bad thing for Indiana just as it was for the Bulls. Seems to be a Heat character flaw that they ned to be beat in order to zone in and play their best. Props also to Spo for the great adjustments and for UD for being the warrior that he is. Indy seems tired but I wouldn't count them out.
I am having a blast reading the comments in Barry's columns after game 2 from the people that comment here asking to fire Spo and sit UD, but the truth is that LeBron's greatness is that a coach has so many options with a player like him that is not only so physically gifted and skilled, but is also so coachable and a true team player. Let's enjoy and appreciate him Heat fans, we will never have another one like him in our lifetime.
I forgive all you all who didn't believe for a minute after G2. Go Heat.

jmike

Where are all the fire Spo know nothings. Amazing the lake of bball knowledge some people have. Right Lt.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Hey Barry, know anything about Delvon Simmons possible transferring to Miami?

Former five star DT.

Barry Jackson

Lt. Lois: He is said to be considering USC, UM, Penn State and Pitt. The Penn. native had 27 tackles, 2 sacks, 6 tackles for loss last year as starter at Texas Tech. Has 2 yrs. of eligibility left.

Ronnie b

Don't get me wrong....I'm happy about the heat big win but let's see how spo and Haslem respond after the pacers make their adjustments. Remember the mavericks a few years ago made adjustments after the heat a 2-1 lead on the road. Spo didn't know what to do after Dallas inserted Jj barea into their rotation. We will c....

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Cane fans... That shot of lil Luke on the sidelines in his #6 Orange Cane uniform clapping and hollering like a methed out seal is exactly like []_[], the people []_[] sit next to and the other 25k fans in the more than half empty Cane games on the Broward County line 6 Saturdays a year... Funny how []_[] Cane fans are having fits over this lil yard gnome when []_[] know what he's saying is more than true. And []_[], the criminal, cry and proclaim now, that []_[] have served []_[]r punishment and all NCAA charges should be dropped and forgotten...

NEWS FLASH []_[] Ignorant d[]_[]mb Cl[]_[]cks, the Big Bad NCAA is not going to put the screws to []_[] because of these recent past transgressions. They are going to hammer []_[] because of all the wrong that []_[] have done, for over a nearly 30 year period, with many infractions being within 5 years of one another during past sanctions in THREE Sports !!! []_[]... ARE... HABITCH[]_[]ALS ! And HABITCHUALS after not being able to Police themselves are going to get put away and []_[] will.

So don't whine and cry when the NCAA throws in another 2-year Bowl ban and then the program killer 8-10 Schollies a year for 5-6 years... It's not lil Nevin's fault. It's the multi-cumulative infractions []_[] committed over many years without ANY Institutional Control to stop it that will be []_[]r undoing...

But Remember Cane fans ... []_[] are Nevin Shapiro . And that how the whole Country sees []_[].


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And remember lil Luke hasn't released the hundreds of hours of hi-def with sound security tapes with recruits and current players at the time being wined, dined, coked and icky krunked out buy the Former Cane players that hung at the Château Shapiro ALL those years on a regular basis... But he will relesae them soon en[]_[]ff.

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