Heat Index: Miami Heat Keep It Close In Predictable Loss to Warriors

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HOT – Luol Deng, Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside, Erik Spoelstra

January 14, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward

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(10) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

<em>Stats: 34 Min, 6-11 FG, 2-4 3FG, 5-8FT, 7 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 19 PTS </em> <p>After a scoreless first quarter Luol Deng started to get it going, hitting six of his next nine shots and doing what he could to make a difference. He hustled for the ball, battling for rebounds and position all night. I’m typing myself into giving him a B+. Screw it, I’ll give him a B+.</p>. SF. Miami Heat. LUOL DENG. B

C. Miami Heat. HASSAN WHITESIDE. B. <em>Stats: 29 Min, 5-10 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 12 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 3 BLK, 3 TO, 10 PTS </em> <p>Chris Bosh said he could roll out of bed and get a double-double. After going his career prior to 2015 without a single recorded double-double, he’s got three in January already. He was productive but his lowest point total in a week is due to the lack of a facilitator with Wade out.</p>

ERIK SPOELSTRA. B. Spoelstra shook things up by starting Shabazz Napier and Hassan Whiteside. It was an interesting experiment that yielded two results. (1) Whiteside can start a game without fouling out and (2) Napier can do some stuff.. HC. Miami Heat

B+. <em>Stats: 33 Min, 8-18 FG, 2-4 3FG, 8-8 FT, 7 REB, 1 AST, 0 STL, 0 BLK, 3 TO, 26 PTS</em> <p>Chris Bosh was Miami’s only consistent player all game and was the main reason the Heat were able to maintain a comfortable distance throughout the game. Without Bosh’s steady hand, this game is a blowout by the second quarter. Late in the game he darted from the perimeter and crashed the boards for a put-back slam off a teammate’s missed shot. The game was over, but that’s called leadership by example.</p>. C. Miami Heat. CHRIS BOSH

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