What happened last night was a worst-case scenario. Instead of
kicking a man while he was down, the Heat took a shot to the groin and
fell down itself. Instead of making the most of a bad situation, the
Heat laid an egg and gave the Celtics more confidence. instead of
heading back to South Florida with a tied series — advantage Heat —
Miami and its fans have to wonder whether the Heat really have a chance
There were no bright spots. There was no valor in defeat. For the
first time in a long time, they stunk. For example: how does Mario
Chalmers get into foul trouble? How does Jermaine O’Neal perform that
poorly? Can this team develop and hit its own shots on a consistent
basis? If not, don’t make any plans after Game 5.
O'Neal was somehow credited with five first-half blocks, but it didn't
come close to making up for how Kendrick Perkins dominated him.
Perkins forced O'Neal into near-impossible turnaround jumpers,
into a pull-up jumper far out of his range, into rushing short shots and
missing them and into a funk that resulted in a 1-for-10 shooting
performance. That's 4 for 24 for the series.
And now to Beasley
— again. The promise to be more aggressive resulted in nothing more
than a couple extra shot attempts (14, with 13 points). Meanwhile, his
defense helped to make Glen Davis, Garnett's replacement, look like a
The Heat's point guards were perhaps dominated even more thoroughly.
Tony Allen, a defensive specialist who affected Wade late in
Saturday's game, was playing the backup point guard minutes and never
allowed Carlos Arroyo to get the offense started.
Chalmers, who was dominated just as badly by Rajon Rondo. Chalmers
barely could get the ball past half court, and when he did, he would
celebrate by getting called for an offensive foul.