The Miami Heat gave the Philadelphia 76ers what I like to call “the ol’ ruffin stuffin” (in honor of Michael Ruffin) in game two of their first round playoff series. The Heat won 94-73, in a game that was basically over in the first quarter. The Heat held the 6ers to a mere 31 points in the first half. Shelvin Mack and Matt Howard combined for 0 points in the half–barely worse than what they managed to score in the NCAA National Championship game. Evan Turner actually had the best game of any Philly player (on the offense end) scoring 15 points on 6-10 shooting and adding in 6 boards and an assist.
The Heat were led by strong performances from LeBron James and Chris Like-A-Bosh, but their games were overshadowed by the apparent MVP, Joel Anthony–I kid. However Anthony was barraged with MVP chants from the American Airlines Arena crowd when he got to the free throw line. As Reggie Miller so keenly pointed out, Anthony has probably never heard MVP chants relating to his own name. The one highlight of the game was when Joel Anthony blocked a shot that sparked a Miami fast break ending in a Lebron James alley-oop all up on Jrue “I get banged on” Holiday. Dwyane Wade wasn’t quite himself on the court tonight–he was recovering from a migraine that held him out of practice the previous day. Wade did however take rookie Evan Turner to school in the post a couple of times. Turner absolutely could not hang with LeBron or D-Wade on the defensive end, but that’s no shock.
Prior to the series I predicted the Heat would sweep the 76ers and go on to win the Larry O’Brien trophy. Even though a little piece of me died when I made that prediction, I am feeling pretty good about it right now.
Game 3 will tip at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday in Philadelphia. Maybe the home crowd can help a seemingly overmatched Philly team notch at least one win in the series. I may be wrong, but I doubt it.
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