A crazy game, a crazy finish. A sluggish Wolves start gave them a lot of ground to make up, but as the second half came around, so did the Wolves’ sense of urgency.
For fun, instead of trying to encapsulate an entire game after the fact, I decide to do all my note-taking on the blog tonight. This is not short of thoughts or details.
8:55 (Heat lead 7-2) The Heat have gotten off to a hot start, and it kind of looks like the Wolves forgot how to play offense. No continuity on offense, lots of watching on defense.
8:14 (Heat lead 9-4) Is Luke Babbit playing good post defense on KAT? Is this a thing I don’t know about?
5:49 (Heat lead 19-14) Good god Hassan Whiteside has massive calves.
5:29 (Heat lead 22-14) The Heat are already 4/6 from three, and the Wolves don’t seem like they’re interested in slowing this down. Closeouts have been terrible.
0:39 (Heat lead 40-29) Mostly just added this to show how bad the Wolves’ D has been in this first quarter. Heat are shooting 6/8 from deep, 70 percent overall. Playing with all the heart early.
12:00 (Heat lead 40-33) John Meyer of Canis Hoopus tells me Thibs says something along the lines of “40 f—in points?!?!” in the quarter break huddle.
8:54 (Heat lead 47-37) Ellington makes it Wayne again at the Target Center!!!!…I can’t help myself, I’m sorry.
7:10 (Heat lead 49-45) Tyus and Shabazz are leading a nice comeback. It’s lovely to see a productive bench from time to time. Now if only the starters could do their part….
(Also, it looks like Brandon Rush is taking LaVine’s rotation spot almost completely. Meaning, he’s the first guy to the bench in the 1st, and plays more with the reserves than any other starter)
5:24 (Heat lead 54-47) Wolves continuing to play A Tribe Called Quest, specifically this song. Their music choice is mostly…ahem….suspect, but this is dynamite (and also our recap music of the night).
2:57 (Heat lead 58-50) The Wolves’ fight seems to be back, but the Heat have been fighting all game, and aren’t relinquishing the lead.
0:00 (Heat lead 71-57) THE HEAT HAVE 71 POINTS AT HALFTIME. GUYS,
(Missed the time/score) I gotta get the gif on that Whiteside shot attempt. As one person near me said. “You know what that tells you? No moves.” That said, 13 points on 5/9 shooting to this point. Moveless or not, Wolves not stopping him.
7:08 (Heat lead 78-70) 1. Wolves playing lazy defense. 2. Goran Dragic is 6-6 from deep, 11/13 overall and is playing out of his mind.
4:33 (Heat lead 84-77) Man, that KAT 3-pointer was badly needed. Wolves trying desperately to hold on.
0:00 (Heat lead 93-88) Wiggins was 2/8 in the first half for 6 points, was 6/8 in the 3rd quarter for 13 points. Looking much better.
11:36 (Heat lead 93-88) Shot clock violation to start off the quarter, after a promising finish to the 3rd. Can’t get started like that.
11:06 (Heat lead 93-90) Rubio hits layup. This isn’t big news. The big news is that he went from the stationary bike, to the locker room, then back to the bike before checking back in. The injury bug is going around. Some people got nervous. Seems to be okay now.
10:13 (Heat lead 93-92) BELLY…………
9:15 (Heat lead 96-92) Dragic missed a 3!!!! (He was 7-7 before that)
5:29 (Heat lead 103-99) THINGS ARE HAPPENING!! Wolves defense, effort on the boards has improved. Need to keep taking good shots to complete the comeback.
4:52 (Heat lead 103-101) KAT gets board with chance to tie it up…but pushed Whiteside in the back. KAT’s face says he knew it too. This is intense.
1:41 (Heat lead 114-107) This was a 2 point game a mere couple minutes ago. Hero ball has ruined the Wolves’ chances. The Target Center is silent.
0:22.4 (Heat lead 114-113) WIGGINS WIGGINS WIGGINS
0:08.5 (Heat lead 114-113) Wiggins had the ball with 10 second, and decided a pull-up jumper was the best option. Questionable choice, but he’s had the hot hand. Whiteside at the line.
0:08.5 (Heat lead 115-113) Whiteside splits the FTs. Wolves with the ball. I’m guessing it’s going to Wig.
0:00 (Heat win 115-113) Not shockingly went to Wig. Right call, but I would have gone for the 3. He had the look. Oh well, good comeback.