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Heat flip switch on the Hornets, win 9th straight

Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:35 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2010 11:42 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Heat are finding something that great teams tend to have - The Switch. When the game is close, or a pesky opponent just won't completely go away, the Heat flip it. They crank it up, turn it on and completely take over.

It's what they've used to run off what's now nine straight wins after beating the Hornets 96-84 Monday night. The Heat are becoming a team of big, late runs and it's devastating their opponents. It's kind of amazing to watch a three-point lead swell to 17 for the Heat in what seems like minutes.

It starts with defense, as the Heat force turnovers and long droughts. The Hornets were the victim of it in this one was they watched the Heat sprint out to a big fourth quarter lead with an 18-2 run that stretched between the third and fourth quarters.

New Orleans was just overwhelmed by the Heat. Really, it didn't seem like they could do anything to fix the Heat's run. Once Miami flipped the switch, it just felt like the game was over.

Here's what's most impressive about the Heat's winning streak. Every single game has come by double-digits. The last team to do that? LeBron's 2008-09 Cavs. In fact, the Heat are now just one off the record shared by five teams.

On top of that, all nine the Heat have held their opponent under 100 points. Against the Hornets, Miami gave up just 30 after the half and only nine points in the fourth quarter. Nine points for the Hornets in the last 12 minutes. That's just... insane.

(An aside: What the crap is wrong with the Hornets and Chris Paul? CP3 has completely disappeared down the stretch in games. He's not asserting himself into the offense and is completely drifting. As Paul goes, so does David West, Emeka Okafor and everyone else. Paul is fizzling late and it's killing the Hornets.)

But what's making all of this possible for the Heat is that they're kind of becoming a team. They look functional. They looked defined. They look like they actually know what they're trying to do. And I think Erik Spoelstra deserves a lot of credit for that.

Spoelstra's most brilliant coaching isn't really coming from figuring out how to get LeBron and Wade to play together. It's the way he's using them without each other. The way Spoelstra is using his rotation is working better than ever. LeBron closes the third while Wade sits. Then LeBron sits to start the fourth, while Wade checks in. There's just a rhythm and a flow in the way the game is going now. By the time the two come back on the floor together in crunch time, it's only about getting stops and key buckets down the stretch.

On top of that, another change is using a point guard in the fourth quarter. Mario Chalmers controlled everything, setting up the offense and running plays. Instead of just letting Wade and LeBron take turn playing point guard, Spoelstra is trying to make his team function as an actual basketball team. And it's working.

Those changes have been part of what's sparked the Heat into a big streak and really what's sparking them into the game-changing runs. At some point in each game, the Heat mutate into that terrifying unit we all thought they would be. They can beat you with just five minutes. That lockdown and run is coming at some point and if you want to beat the Heat, you've just got to weather the storm. Monday, the Hornets were swallowed whole.

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2010 10:16 pm

Heat flip switch on the Hornets, win 9th straight

Lebron is a douche bag. He is a tool box.

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:17 pm

Heat flip switch on the Hornets, win 9th straight

Good win for the Heat tonite...against a subpar team that cannot play or spell DEFENSE.....the test for these guys will come when they play the Lakers, San Antonio, the Celts (who's beaten them twice)  They are on a roll now because they have faced zero competition and they are expected to beat the teams they've played so far. Lets see how they do against the better teams in the league before the Heat fans go out and start buying Championship Hats and T-shirts!!

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2010 12:58 am

Heat flip switch on the Hornets, win 9th straight

I don't like the Heat because they planned the Big 3 during the Beijing Olympics, but I knew it would be a matter of time before they started running over teams

Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:30 am

Heat flip switch on the Hornets, win 9th straight

This team is killing people right now, they're obviously very good.  Right now they're playing great.  The streak could reach 14 as they are favored to beat every team they play until christmas day vs the Lakers

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2010 10:47 am

Heat flip switch on the Hornets, win 9th straight

Nobody doubts you or anybody who said the heat were going to be good . The thing we doubt is will they be great. I still dont think they have the moxy or players to play with the perennial heavyweights.

Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 8:40 am

Heat flip switch on the Hornets, win 9th straight


Thank you so much for your extensive insight, and for sharing your belief that the Miami Heat were going to be really good.  Honestly, I didn't see that coming.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 7:24 am

Heat flip switch on the Hornets, win 9th straight

Ask The Denver Nuggets,Phoenix Suns,Utah Jazz & some other teams who had great regular seasons & did nothing in the playoffs... @ Plain and Simple , you & 99.9% of the planet said they were going to be good....Still a long season left of games to win , plus playoffs...lot can happen.

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 5:26 am

Heat flip switch on the Hornets, win 9th straight

I fully expect the Heat to stretch their win streak to 12 with the next 3 games against Cleveland, New York and Washington. New York is on a hot streak of their own but, match up wise, I don't think they'll stand a chance against the Heat. I believe the streak ends though against Dallas. The Heat will eventually win 60 plus games this season but must learn how to beat the Celtics to even think of making the finals.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 11:13 pm

Heat flip switch on the Hornets, win 9th straight

Where are all the Heat haters at tonight ? I hate to keep saying I told you but the reality of the situation is........ I did tell you that Miami was going to be very good. People laughing at the teams they were beating but I think anyone with a brain can see that Miami is the real deal.

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