When Miami made the Shaquille O’Neal trade last year, Shaq did what he does best… Run his mouth. He called Wade “Wonder Boy”, said that part of his problem in Miami was that he was playing alongside Chris Quinn and Ricky Davis, and that the HEAT medical staff never knew what was wrong with him. Shall we say that the HEAT had something to prove to O’Neal? As much as Chris Quinn and Wade might say it wasn’t.. It was. and You could see it in Wade’s eye that he was there to prove the Big cactus wrong.
Shawn Marion got a huge ovation from the beloved crowed in Phoenix…. O’Neal, don’t expect the same when we see you again in March down here in South Beach… “Go Ahead, boo me. I dont care, My feelings can’t get hurt” said O’Neal. Well, we shall see that. In the O’Neal - Marion comparison, Shaq had more points, 12, Marion had more assists, 6 and less turnovers, he committed zero.
Miami came into this game coming off one of it’s worst losses of the season. A 38 point loss to a young Portland Trail Blazers team. Okay, granted Phoenix did not have Steve Nash today (thigh injury) but still, in a game were Miami’s biggest lead was 19 and Phoenix never lead, it was by far one of Miami’s best game of the season versus a decent opponent.
Here at the HEAT blog, I am going to start doing something a little different, feel free to comment on it to let me know if you like it or not. I’m going to give out awards after every game. A game MVP, the biggesdt surprise of the game, the player that had the worst night so on and so forth. So, without further ado, here we go.
Game MVP: Dwyane Wade
It’s common sense to give the MVP award to Wade. Wade had 43 Points, 6 Assists, 3 Rebounds, and 1 Steal. Wade was terrific the entire way, and as i said, you could see it in his eyes that he had a chip on his shoulders from last season and all that O’Neal said about him and the rest of his team. Wade was 11-12 from the Free throw line. 2-3 from downtown and was just lighting up the...