Post-Game Grades: Atlanta Hawks 98, Miami Heat 85

Atlanta Hawks 98, Miami Heat 85

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LeBron James: B+

10-22 FG (3-7 3FG), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, 3 turnovers, 27 points

On the second game of the back-to-back, LeBron looked tired after his A-plus performance Friday night against the Indiana Pacers. Still, he was able to put up 27 points but not in his usual, efficient fashion. He wasn’t as disruptive on defense either, where I thought the Heat as whole missed some opportunities for transition points. The fact that he had 27 points is impressive, and we probably expect too much from LeBron on a night-to-night basis. He wasn’t the problem.

 

Dwyane Wade: A

10-14 FG, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 24 points

In his first game back since missing nine straight, Wade came out strong hitting all seven of his first-half shots. As he has all season, he looked spry and energetic upon his return from rest. On the first possession of the game, Wade blocked Paul Millsap‘s shot and dunked it on the other end to give Miami an early 2-0 lead.

 

Jeff Teague: A

9-17 FG (1-3 3FG), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 0 turnovers, 25 points

Teague was simply unstoppable tonight.  His efficient 25 points came off a series of jumpers, layups and floaters that frustrated Heat players and fans all night. To top it of, he helped Atlanta win the turnover battle with four steals and zero turnovers himself.

 

Miami Heat: D

35-73 (6-25 3FG), 9-19 FT, 44 rebounds to Atlanta’s 38, 18 assists to Atlanta’s 24, 20 turnovers to Atlanta’s 12 

LeBron and Wade scored 51 of Miami’s 85 points. The Heat bench was non-existent and the three-point shooting was horrendous with Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Rashard Lewis, Ray Allen and Chris Bosh going a combined 3-of-17 from beyond the arc. The overall team defense was pretty atrocious, too, with multiple blown close outs due to laziness (and partly attributed to the back-to-back). LeBron and Wade did their jobs of cutting and getting points in the paint, but the rest of the team didn’t show up.

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    Games like these and a lot of miami loses that proves why Lebron
    should get the MVP, he does EVERYTHING for his team, he has to have his
    game on point almost every night for the Heat to win, tonight was
    average to poor for Lebron 11-22 27 points, 8 rebounds 5 assist and
    still the other guys other than Wade were all no shows, While Durant can
    have a 8-26 and OKC still beat a good Clippers team, because Durant has
    others to guard the rim, play perimeter defense and pass the ball….
    Lebron should not play again until playoffs !
    After watching this
    game i am now convinced that flat billed platypus looking head coach
    Eric Spo. was either born stupid, which there’s nothing that can be done
    about it, or stupidity happen to stick to him one day like a bad smell
    and has now found a permanent home with Eric.Then why else would Eric be
    playing Coles, Douglas and Allen while giving zero playing time to
    Beasley… He cannot play all three of those guys, pick 2 at most, they
    average more turnovers, and fouls than points scored. I do not know if
    that pug faced Eric knows this but Coles is hurting the team and you won
    it last year with Coles on the bench, i believe the Heat will not win
    without Beasley. Why does Lebron and at times Wade have to play against
    the opponents defense, the ineptness of their own teams, a G.M and head
    coach who are clueless. because a guy started out on fries or video and
    is now the manger of the restaurant or head coach of a team, does not
    make him smart, its only proves if you stick, you will get a shot. Why
    would anyone buy a million dollar high power machine and hand the keys
    over to a complete novice, players should not have to compensate for the
    head coach