Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Miami Heat vs The Oklahoma City, Game 4



Oklahoma City 23 16 24 13 76
Miami Heat 23 27 34 17 101


Box Score

ESPN.com Recap because NBA.com continues to fail


Though Jeff Green continues to shine and Russell Westbrook was able to bounce back after a forgetable outing against the Nets, the result was all too familiar for this summer squad; a loss. Michael Beasley, Mario Chalmers, and Anthony Morrow combined for 46 points as the Heat crushed the City 101 to 76.

The game started close at least. I would like to say it was a slow and steady decline from there, but truthfully, after the first quarter, Miami destroyed OKC in nearly every facet of the game. This was due not only to the three headed monster in the starting line-up of Beasley, Chalmers and Morrow but also because of the play of former Warrior and Zorgon declared "Baby-Foyle" Stephane Lasme who had 14 points, 3 Boards, 2 Blocks in 16 minutes.

Bright spots for OKC include, as mentioned earlier, Westbrook's ability to overcome a terrible game to tie for the team's leading scorer. Jeff Green continues to be the one and only consistant offensive option for the City. D.J. White had his best game of the summer with 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Ronald Dupree put in a solid effort and was in double-digit scoring.

However, several problems with this team were noticable. First off, starting center Justin Williams was able to lead the team in rebounds (7). However, those rebounds were all defensive and despite playing over 20 minutes he had not one shot attempt. Not one! You'd think a center might at least get a tip or something. But nada, in 20 minutes of play! What in the name of Pops Mensah-Bonsu is going on here!

Also, Aaron Bruce continues to play like stanky cheese. As much as it pains me to say it, I think it's time to send this Aussie home.

Ultimately I think the team's problem is this...they suck. I know its a summer league roster and everything but Jeff Green is a likely starter next season and Westbrook is likely going to crack the lineup at some point, so one would expect better from them. If we lose to teams that have Jason Richards on them how are we going to beat teams that have Jason Richardson on them?