Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra mismanges Game 4 as Celtics win 93-91
BOSTON – It was not the Celtics that beat the Miami Heat. It was the Miami Heat that beat the Miami Heat in Game 4’s OT period.
Let us be clear, the Celtics crushed the Heat in the first two periods of the contest.
As soon as the third period started, the fatigue that is prone to older legs set in and there was not much that the Celtics could do to stop the Heat’s fight back into the game.
Blame does not and should matter to Miami as they head home for Game 5. For the fans, analysts and general observers, they should not point to Dwyane Wade for missing a game winner in OT. They should not point to LeBron James after he fouled out.
They should look to how the Heat were mismanaged by Erik Spoelstra down the stretch of the fourth and into OT.
Spoelstra seemed to forget how to get the right guys on the floor in the right situations. At the end of both regulation and during OT, the Heat had plenty of chances of put a 3-1 nail in Boston’s coffin and they didn’t get it done.
Wade had a chance to pull it off and he did miss the shot, but he created that shot on his own without any apparent scheme whatsoever.
So now both teams had back to South Beach for a crucial Game 5. Suddenly the veteran team has a chance to break out their hammer and take the momentum away from the boys that are in their prime.
James ended with 29 points and Wade ended with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Rajon Rondo once again was butter for the Celtics with 15 points and 15 assists. Kevin Garnett put together 17 points and 14 rebounds.