Post mortem - You give the Cavs credit for making a serious run at the Heat in the second half - so serious that they came within one point of tying the game and had the opportunity to go ahead, but Daniel Gibson couldn't quite finish on a drive to the hoop.
But let's be honest. There was some fairly ugly hoops played in this one. In this game and for the past several, the Cavs haven't played with the first-half intensity that we were used to seeing. They settled for jump shots - long jump shots - and it would come back to haunt them.
By the time they were able to make their run at the Heat, they had to blitz Dwyane Wade whenever he touched the ball. The result: Wade was free to choose Daequan Cook (an Ohio State product) or Maurice Chalmers for wide-open three-pointers. On the night, they hit 11-14 combined to toast the Cavaliers. For the record, the Heat forced the Cavs to shoot 30 three-pointers of their own. They hit just as many as Cook-Chalmers combined.
That maneuver also put them into other precarious situations on defense. When you have Shawn Marion on Mo Williams going to the hoop, who's going to win that battle? Yup, that's what I thought.
All-in-all, not an especially good night for the Cavs, but how they respond to the loss is more important than the loss.
Coach Mike Brown on the Cavs shooting 30 three-point shots:
We do not want to take 30 three-pointers. However if we are playing against a team and we get into the teeth of the defense and the ball gets kicked out, I’m not going to call my guys off.LeBron James on the three-point shooting of Chalmers and Cook:
Unbelievable shooting. They did a great job of playing off D-Wade. When you have two guards shoot the ball like that from the three-point line, it’s going to be hard to come back in the game, especially not playing as good as we played in the first half.At the half: Heat 50, Cavs 34
He definitely seems a lot older. At times because he’s so special and does things with so much ease on the floor, you kind of take for granted that he’s a young pup still, at least age wise. But mentally for a guy that age, he’s been through a lot and led some different teams through very big ball games.From the locker room:
A win. Especially when you’re playing on your birthday you don’t want it to be ruined by a loss.