Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Heat 99, Rockets 66

Heat 99, Rockets 66
by: Ira Winderman February 9th, 2010 | 9:50 PM

Observations from Tuesday’s 99-66 victory over the Rockets at AmericanAirlines Arena:

* It was the right performance and right result at the right time.

* The shame is the next home game is not for another two weeks. This schedule is flat out ridiculous.

* For the rare time this season, AmericanAirlines Arena was a fun place to be.

* The Heat had a season-high six players score in double digits.

* With 8:14 left in the second quarter, Dorell Wright had already reached his career high, with his seventh assist leading to a Udonis Haslem jumper. Wright’s previous career high had been six assists against Seattle on Jan. 7, 2006. He finished with those seven, as well as nine points and six rebounds.

* Wright energized the Heat early, entering after Quentin Richardson was called for his second foul less than four minutes in. Wright had two points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal in his eight minutes in the opening period.


* Wright is, without question, currently the Heat’s best small forward. If winning is any sort of priority, there is no way he can be sacrificed in the name of the luxury tax.

* Erik Spoelstra praised Daequan Cook’s practice on Monday, saying he was “as good as he’s ever been.” So after benching Cook in Saturday’s loss in Chicago, Spoelstra had him in at the start of the second period, with Cook nailing his first attempt, a 3-pointer. Cook had three baskets by halftime, matching his highest total since Nov. 17.

* Wright and Cook added a definitive energy, including Wright feeding Cook on a second-quarter two-on-one fastbreak.

* Haslem was in can’t-miss mode early, making seven of his first eight shots. The Heat was 13 of 15 from the field when counting the final two shots it made at the end of the opening period.

* The Heat led 56-31 at halftime, which tied the 11th-largest halftime lead in franchise history and stood as the team’s largest edge in any half this season.

* Dwyane Wade’s signature moment came midway through the third quarter, on a steal and tomahawk dunk in transition over defenseless Luis Scola.

* A Jermaine O’Neal hook with 7:39 to play in the first half pushed the Heat’s lead into the 20s, at 41-20. O’Neal finished one rebound shy of a double-double.

* The Heat had opened 1 of 8 from the field, with Wade producing the team’s second basket as part of a 3-point play with 8:03 left in the opening period.

* As strange as it sounds, the team that fields the smallest starting point guard and smallest starting center in the league was outmuscling the Heat at the outset. Chuck Hayes and Marcus Landry were doing everything but kicking sand in faces. The Heat eventually straightened that out.

* With the Rockets missing 11 consecutive shots during one first-quarter stretch, the Heat took a 24-16 lead into the second period.

* O’Neal was awarded two free throws when Rockets forward Joey Dorsey was called for a foul before the Heat inbounded during one second-quarter sequence.

* Now comes the challenge, going into Atlanta on Wednesday night and trying to do something productive on the second night of a back-to-back.

75 comments:

  1. Its only stealing if you get caught....unless you are Kanye West, then its just called sampling.

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  2. * Now comes the challenge, going into Atlanta on Wednesday night and trying to do something productive on the second night of a back-to-back.
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    This.

    I want a fucking W tomorrow. Yeah, it was fun to bitch about Spo possibly being fired if this losing streak ran long enough, but that's just talk. We need another win.

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  3. Best TEAM win all year? I dont think anyone had some super game, its just the oppurtunity was there under more than just "make your own shot". Its easier to score when u are out and running and not isolatiing everyplay.

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  4. I agree Hades. Theres always time to fire him later...

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  5. Wright is, without question, currently the Heat’s best small forward. If winning is any sort of priority, there is no way he can be sacrificed in the name of the luxury tax.


    Can I get some love? How many times have I been saying this for in the least 2 years?

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  6. Can I get some love? How many times have I been saying this for in the least 2 years?
    February 9, 2010 10:01 PM



    I ripped Ira and the organization for this weeks ago. Ira use to talk so bad about Wright any chance he got.

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  7. Yeah, it would be noble of him to admit he was wrong and obnoxious. But of course he wont.

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  8. d_webz reprezentin da 215!!!! #3 N #30 #1 FAN!!! FIRE ERIK SPOELSTRA RIGHT NOW!!!!!February 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Great W tonight. Everybody was sharp. Umtempo is definitely yhe way to go with this team as currently constructed. Get the rebound and off to the races. What does D-Wright have to do to get Q-Rich's spot in the starting 5? He's long, athletic, plays solid defense and a pretty damn good facilitator which is most needed on this team. Beasley had to worry about the Donahey's tonight, but Haslem did what a solid BACK-UP PF should do and played very well tonight. Let's hope Spo doesn't get all starry eyed for Cap'n Gritttzzz and over plays him against the Hawks and D-Wade as always was greeeeat!!!!!

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  9. Seriously Kbboy you can't write up your own game summary?

    Anyway, great way to step up by the Heat. Its darkest before it turns to dawn. They needed to hit rockbottom against the Bulls with Wade and Haslem questioning Spo, then coming together as a team. You sometimes need things like that to happen to become stronger together. Looks like everyone contributed to the win as a team. You don't see that too often on this team.

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  10. Great win, but its just one game. And its against the Rockets,a beat up rockets team. Still, we did some things we havent done all year. Nice to see the ball moving and other ppl not named Dwade getting assists. Still wold like to see more touches down low or Q. I think he can also be a better 6th man than Wright as a gaurd. Wright is nice and getting better, but hes a passive guy, not someone you depend on for bench scoring.

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  11. lol Chris. Not tonight. I promise to provide fresh new blog ideas in this year of change.

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  12. Its always weird to see multiple Heat players in double digits scoring rather than Wade with 20 something, Beasley with 15ish, then everyone else with 0-8 pts.

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  13. d_webz reprezentin da 215!!!! #3 N #30 #1 FAN!!! FIRE ERIK SPOELSTRA RIGHT NOW!!!!!February 9, 2010 at 10:38 PM

    Yo kkboy80 if it was this easy to put up this new blog spot in the wake of Ira's fucked up new blog. Why didn't you create "SPOMUSTGO.COM" website. It could've been something like this anyways I'm loving this new joint tho, I can say fuck and don't have to type fukkk or shit not $#!T!!!!

    A 1 game sample isn't enough for me to get gong-hoe happy about. CONSISTENCY is what I want to see. ATL is a real test for this team. They're a total matchup nightmare for us, we'll see if Spo's changes/tweaks stick or if this was just an attempt to cover a bullet wound with a band-aid.

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  14. Saw the dunk by Wade on Scola on the highlights. Looks like he's getting his elevation back which is great news. If Cook can stop sucking, Wright keeps starting, and Wade stays healthy the Heat might very well end this season with some dignity.

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  15. d_webz reprezentin da 215!!!! #3 N #30 #1 FAN!!! FIRE ERIK SPOELSTRA RIGHT NOW!!!!!February 9, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    One more small request.

    Can we get that Wade and Beasley picture standing side by side for the background. That's about it. After All-star break you can post your own game analysis or tomorrow if you up to it....LMAO!!!!!

    KUDOS BRO!!!!!!!

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  16. Ya Kbboy lets get some pictures up in this joint. Some Wade, Beasley, maybe some cheerleaders, and a photoshop of Spo's head on a monkey's body.

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  17. Melo 8-16 for 19 points & the Nuggets are up 107-72 in the 4th with about 8 mins left. Christ...

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  18. More importantly, Nene 8-9 with 21 pts and 8 rebounds. Could you imagine if the Heat had a center like that? Ouch.

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  19. I just finish creating a new account kkboy80. I'm down for posting blog topics and posting Heat game links and other NBA and other sports links....

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  20. I am trying to figure out how to put pictures up, maybe decorate this place a tad.


    Does anybody know if this blog is pager friendly?

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  21. "More importantly, Nene 8-9 with 21 pts and 8 rebounds. Could you imagine if the Heat had a center like that? Ouch."

    Trade JO for Nene & I think we win 50+ easy.

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  22. OK Dweb, and anybody else. Give me an email address and I can make you an author. I don't know why they don't just let me insert sign in names. It asks for email addresses.

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  23. GodsSon521 said...

    "More importantly, Nene 8-9 with 21 pts and 8 rebounds. Could you imagine if the Heat had a center like that? Ouch."

    Trade JO for Nene & I think we win 50+ easy.



    You would like to think so but I doubt it with this moron in charge.

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  24. Cool where do you want me to send you my e-mail address to?

    Also kkboy80, I've been trying to delete the account I opened with my twitter, because I opened another under my gmail account, but it's not deleting the old twitter account. Could you stop the twitter account from following for me?

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  25. d-webz, just log onto this blog with your twitter account, go to your profile, and unfollow this blog.

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  26. kbboy comin on rock solid....well done playa! Ira's a tool!!!

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  27. Anybody who wants to be an author just click on my screen name or view my profile and send me a message with your email address.

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  28. kbboy, clicking on your name shows a profile but it does not have a message option. I think you need to be a follower on the blog for us to get to that interface.

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  29. Yeah I think you're right Chris, I tried but didn't see a message option either...

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  30. So was tonight's game a 1 night stand or hopefully a new and promising beginning?

    ATL's a real good test to see what these guys are made of....

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  31. Nah, Spo'll blow it tommorrow night, he'll see what Haslem did tonight and try to get him 35mins.

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  32. That's just what I'm afraid of to Dresta....LMAO

    Spo probably looked at tonight's game and said changes why make any changes. I played Gritzzz n gravy his normal minutes and we won by a ton, those are the changes I need, Pat when are you trading that kid, He annoys the shit out of me?

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  33. ok I became a follower. CLick on that family guy picture and send me a message with your emails.

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  34. I only see the sane people on this blog........now thats change we can believe in. No Rino or Sledge. Very good win today, against a team we should we against, Qrich gotta step itup though,Wright is knocking..I like

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  35. Ira's new blog sucks. Am I welcomed here even though I blame Riley for the Heat's struggles?

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  36. lol @ oxygen. We all are welcomed. We are all wandering souls looking for blog refuge. You have found it my friend.

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  37. Could you change the font from red to something that is more easy on the eye? Thanks.

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  38. Could you change the font from red to something more appeasing to the eye? Maybe make it black, with a white background. Everything else is great.

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  39. Is that better? Or would u guys prefer a white background with black letters?

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  40. Any way that the entire background could be this picture, at least every other day?

    http://www.aidinvaziri.com/uploaded_images/johansson08_cd-715716.jpg

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  41. I tried to do the backgrounds as pictures. I dont think u can, I would love to.

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  42. LMAO! I just saw how some of you guys briefly took over Mike Wallace's Herald blog this morning. Some of his regulars were pissed (lol). Will that be a permanent thing, or are we sticking with this site from here on out?

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  43. I think we are going to stick with this one till Ira gets out of rehab. I hope this one fills up. Its to easy to spam the herald blog.

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  44. KB, Great job on the blog!

    Looks like Beasley is gone by the deadline:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Aif3A220T3nhgPnPoyH19Nu8vLYF?slug=aw-stoudemireheat020910&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

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  45. (Need new blog entry for...)

    Heat Continue to Persue Amare Stoudemire:

    Miami Heat president Pat Riley has emerged as one of the most determined pursuers of Phoenix Suns forward Amar’e Stoudemire(notes), proposing several different packages that make available any of his players short of Dwyane Wade(notes), league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    The Heat have discussed several scenarios with the Suns, including packages that include combinations of young players (Michael Beasley(notes), Dorell Wright(notes)) and expiring contracts (Jermaine O’Neal(notes) and Quentin Richardson(notes)). The Heat are also willing to part with their 2010 first-round draft pick.

    ”Nobody is pushing harder on this than Riley,” one league source said.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Aj6uecjOfMCUeLusk5E86aO8vLYF?slug=aw-stoudemireheat020910&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

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  46. sorry somedorkontheweb, didn't see your post!

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  47. We can't just wait to sign him at the end of the year he's not a Max anymore...

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  48. btw, KBBOY, the white-font-on-black-bg works great.

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  49. damn, i really hope we dont trade bease for stoudemire...

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  50. looks like riley wants to make a splash in this years playoffs, does that all our sf problems have been solved? haslems gonna start at sf for sure....

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  51. and kbboy80, kudos on the new blog

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  52. HD#1: if PHX trades him now, what's to say he will leave the team he is traded to (especially if they make a big run in the playoffs and he likes it on his new team). Not to mention the team he is traded to will have his bird rights and thus the ability to sign him to the biggest contract out of any team.

    But basically, if you want to land a franchise-type player, you shouldn't leave it up to Free Agency.

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  53. Yeah but I don't want Amare I was hoping we would go for Rudy Gay.Then use our 2 first round draft picks to draft a C and a PG.

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  54. "League sources say the Suns are dubious the Heat can present the best possible package for Stoudemire, and aren’t enamored with any of the combinations." - Yahoo Article
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    Guy, let's be realistic. What does it say about the league's perception of Beasley that best package we can put together, Beasley with Wright, is not even the best offer for Amare?

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  55. Well I hope Riley can persuade the Suns to take some sort of package not including Beasley even if it cost's us both 1st rd. draft picks and a 3rd team was involved. Hopefully he can finagle the Suns the way they finagled us with the Matrix/Shaq deal. If it costs us JO, D-Wright, Q and or Haslem in order to keep Beasley, I'm all for it. I hope Riley's better judgement kicks in and sees that a Wade, Amare and Beasley trio would pretty much shoots us back up to Top 5 stautus rather quickly. I'd take Amare playing C in the East all day. I bet Spo won't bench Amare like he does Beasley all the time or would he, if he does, then it'd really be time for Spo to collect his last check from the Miami Heat organization for sure.

    Pat Riley would trade his false teeth and his fake hip for a good player, that's a good thing, but it's a scary thing as well.

    DON'T TRADE BEASLEY!!!!!!!!!! AND IF YOU DO ESPECIALLY NOT TO THE SUNS, IT'S GONNA MAKE THE HEAT LOOK LIKE THE DUMBEST RAN ORGANIZATION IN THE NBA, HE'LL DO NOTHING BUT FLOURISH IN THAT SYSTEM AVG. LIKE 25 N 12 EASILY!!!!

    Well as of late we have been that, I think.....LOL

    Don't trade the kid, PLZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!

    I'll start praying now, GOD still hears and answer prayers!!!!

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  56. Yeah but I don't want Amare I was hoping we would go for Rudy Gay.Then use our 2 first round draft picks to draft a C and a PG.
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    Rudy G is good, but SFs like him are a dime a dozen; right now the only PFs in the market are Boozer, Amare, and maaaybe Bosh.

    Take Amare out of the equation, then you're looking at Boozer (and maybe Bosh).

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  57. Beas and Wrights contracts don't match up with Amares.We could trade them JO he would be a perfect fit not contract wise but his skill set would fit right into their system.

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  58. Ah man, not Beasley. What a huge mistake. Riley, anyone but Wade and beasley!

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  59. were not getting amare for JO str8-up, the other teams are offering much more, our best bet is through FA if we dont want to give up bease (which i dont)

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  60. Yo in Philly we've got about another 6 inches of snow tonight and we're supposed to be getting like another 12-14 inches on top of that, plus we already got hit this weekend with like 16 inches.

    Man would I wouldn't give to open my front door and be in beautiful Miami right about now!!!!!!!LMAO!!!!!

    Oh well got tons of food and time on my hands, I guess that makes me officially "BORED!!!!!"LMAO!!!

    And the city is shutdown!!!!! But the 76ers are on a 5 game winning streak.....LMAO!!!!!!!!!

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  61. Dont most players ball out their 3rd yr in the league? Bease will be 22 next year, were gonna regret this trade if we do so...

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  62. Rudy G is good, but SFs like him are a dime a dozen; right now the only PFs in the market are Boozer, Amare, and maaaybe Bosh.Take Amare out of the equation, then you're looking at Boozer (and maybe Bosh).
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    Gay is a top 5 SF he's a good scorer and defender.If we sign a PF in FA I would want one with good defense someone to protect the paint and rebound.

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  63. Dont most players ball out their 3rd yr in the league? Bease will be 22 next year, were gonna regret this trade if we do so...
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    A lot of players in Beasley's draft class, some his age, are already balling and were doing it in their 1st year.

    Personally, I wanna see results. I was hoping for Beasley to average 18/9 this year, which sounds like cake if you watched him in college, but now that seems like it's not gonna happen.

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  64. I agree Mike... This trade will go down as possibly the worst in Heat history, the highest draft pick in history for a player who may opt out or better yet is a known locker room cancer.(Just ask The Matrix...) As toxic as the Heat situation is right now Amare may be the last player you want here right about now.

    Could you imagine Spo explaining to Amare "The Purity of Fluidness on the Energy Bus".....LMAO!!!!!!! I can see Amare saying "WTF is this dude talking about, Where da fuck is the real coach at? I been in the league for 8 years and the only time I heard about a bus was when it was time to go to the Arena on the road on gameday's".....

    Spo " If you don't ride my Energy Bus, you don't play and don't make call in the CALVARY, because I'm already hungry, I haven't eaten all day. I could always use a good old bowl of GRITZZZZ N GRAVY...."

    Haslem comes running looking like the Cream of Wheat man with braids "Yes sir Boss, you rang..."

    Amare "Yo D-Wade WTF y'all got going on down here. WTF is this Energy Bus bullshit, WTF is Pat Riley?"

    Wade "Fueling up the Energy Bus for us for tonight's game."

    Amare "Man come July 1st, I'm outta this bitch, y'all are crazy ass hell if you think I'm getting onboard some damn Energy Bus!!!"

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  65. New blog should take you guys into lunch time tomorrow. Its up.

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  66. "I'd take Amare playing C in the East all day."

    Agree 100%. Even if he invokes his option and somehow doesn't work out, we're only in the hole for one more season, then go after Melo in 2011 if the cap allows it. But I think if you pair up Wade/Beasley with a motivated Amare playing for his next contract, we're contenders immediately.

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  67. Has anyone contacted Ira, about his blog via e-mail.

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  68. I did but this is what they sent back to me



    This new blog format is horrible!! The previous one was bad but this one takes the cake. Can you go back to the version from about 2 years ago or the format that Ethan Skolnick and the Dolphins blog had?

    Format of new Miami Heat blog
    From:
    To: feedback@sun-sentinel.com
    Date: Tue, Feb 9, 2010 1:36 pm
    This new blog format is horrible!! The previous one was bad but this one takes the cake. Can you go back to the version from about 2 years ago or the format that Ethan Skolnick and the Dolphins blog had?
    From:
    Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 12:36:37 -0600
    To: Feedback
    Conversation: Format of new Miami Heat blog
    Subject: Format of new Miami Heat blog

    Unfortunately, there is no going back. However, if you can provide some suggestions to improvements that you’d like to see, then we can hopefully address some of those concerns. Thanks for your feedback.

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  69. Good game by all but Beasley. That said, it was a very banged up group we faced, but a win is and win, and we've been getting WAY to few of them of late (something like 19-25 over our last 44).

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