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News » TRAIL BLAZERS 106, HEAT 68 2008-11-29

TRAIL BLAZERS 106, HEAT 68 2008-11-29

TRAIL BLAZERS 106, HEAT 68  2008-11-29
Observations from Wednesday's 106-68 loss to the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden:

After picking up two fouls in the opening 1:12 a week ago in Toronto, Michael Beasley made it all the way until 9:48 remained in the first quarter before picking up his second Wednesday. Both were while attempting to defend LaMarcus Aldridge. Had Shawn Marion not missed the game due to a family funeral in Arkansas, Marion would likely have been on Aldridge, with Beasley hidden against Trail Blazers starting small forward Nicolas Batum.

The shame was that Beasley was effective offensively when on the floor, attacking the rim, if not the boards. The Heat was down 8-0 when Beasley left in favor of Joel Anthony, with Udonis Haslem shifted onto Aldridge. The deficit then grew to 12-0 before Haslem converted a jumper with 7:54 left in the quarter. A shaky start by Mario Chalmers had Chris Quinn into the game early. It was 17-4 before Portland's Brandon Roy even scored his first points, a pair of free throws that made it 19-4 on the way to 24-6. Look, I'm not the biggest fan, but when Quinn went to the bench with his second foul, with the Heat down 28-8 with 3:40 to play in the opening period, why not a look at Marcus Banks. If not then, when? Actually, no sooner did Banks enter at the start of the second quarter, then he was brutally victimized on a back-door cut for a layup by Rudy Fernandez. OK, asked and answered. The foul trouble reached the point where Mark Blount entered late in the first quarter, a period that ended with Portland up 37-17, with the Heat's Dwyane Wade ending the quarter 2 of 9 from the field. By the start of the second quarter, with Banks' insertion, 10 Heat players had seen action (with Marion, Dorell Wright, James Jones and Jamaal Magloire unable to play). Shaun Livingston later played mop-up duty. Question: When Portland was called for illegal defense late in the first quarter, why was it Wade who went to the line, instead of Daequan Cook? Wade (.753 from the line to that stage) missed, while Cook (.875) looked on. And to all, Happy Thanksgiving. (For me, it'll be Jack in the Box in Phoenix.)

(Also, your Heat questions are answered regularly at Ask Ira!)

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