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The Miami Heat shoot lights out again and take Game 2

The Miami Heat find a way to improve on their hot shooting from Game 1, and shoot 57.9 percent in Game 2.

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For the second consecutive game, the Miami Heat came out and blitzed the hell out of the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets played well enough in Game 2 to beat the Heat on most nights, but unfortunately there is only so much you can do when your opponent shoots just under 75 percent in the first half. The Heat have looked like legitimate title contenders so far in this series.

The Miami Heat can't miss, again

It's not often a team puts up 60 points in the first half and still finds itself behind by 12 points at the break. It's also not often the Miami Heat shoot 74.4 percent from the field in the first half. It's so "not often" it has never happened before.

After Game 1, the narrative was that the Heat could not possibly shoot the ball as well as they did in Game 1. Well guess what? They did.

Through two games, the Heat have improved their field goal percentage by 10 and their three point percentage by almost 20!
























Every single Heat player that attempted at least one field goal, shot at 50 percent or better from the field with the exception of Amare Stoudemire. The Game 2 shot chart is rather ridiculous. Take a look.

game 2 shot chart

So how did the Heat do this... again? Well, sometimes your opponent just gets hot and there isn't much you can do about it. Dwayne Wade made a few shots that could get him a job with Barnum and Bailey. Coach Clifford says it better than I could.

While Clifford is right, the Hornets still have room for improvement specifically with Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside did not miss in Game 2 and has only missed two shots in the entire series. Why, you ask? He is getting a lot of easy looks. Let's look at two plays from last night in particular.

Below we see Marvin Williams on Dwyane Wade and Cody Zeller on Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside sets the screen for Wade, but the two Hornets don't communicate and both go after Wade. Whiteside slips to the hoop and the only body between him and the hoop is now Courtney Lee. And, well....

Next we see a simple missed shot and poor box-out. The shot goes up and Al Jefferson does not put his body into Whiteside. Whiteside gets the board for an easy dunk.

With minor changes to the defense, eventually the Heat's shooting has to adjust back to the norm; but is there enough time in the series to wait on that?

Here are a couple of other thoughts on the game.

Charlotte's 3-point shooting

Last night the Hornets shot one for sixteen from the 3-point arc. ONE for sixteen. Here is the one make.

The Hornets made an average of 10.6 3-pointers per game during the regular season. It is one of the main reasons for the drastic change between last year's team and this year's team. The three is what got the Hornets to the playoffs and the ability to knock down the three is what will get them passed the Heat. The last thing the Hornets want to do is get into a 2-point shooting contest with the Miami Heat.

Where did Marvin Williams go?

Last night Marvin Williams missed all ten of his field goal attempts and both of his shots from the free-throw line. In the series, Williams is a combined one for 17 from the field and zero for four from behind the arc.


This is a far cry from Williams' regular season average of 11.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting. With the way the Heat are shooting, the Hornets are going to need Williams to step up his game.