|Eastern Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 2 - MIA Leads 1-0|
|Last 5 Games||1-4||-2.6||3-2||2-3||96.4||48.2||41.3%||51.4||103.0||49.6||47.2%||57.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||98.7||50.1||38-88||43.4%||7-20||35.8%||15-21||73.4%||52||13||23||19||8||14||7|
|vs opponents surrendering||97.7||49.2||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||96.3||49.5||37-87||43.0%||8-21||35.3%||14-20||72.1%||51||12||22||19||8||14||6|
|Stats Against (All Games)||100.5||49.8||38-85||45.5%||6-19||34.8%||17-23||76.0%||54||12||23||19||8||15||4|
|vs opponents averaging||97.5||49.1||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.1%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||99.8||49.4||39-85||45.2%||6-19||33.5%||16-22||75.9%||55||13||23||18||8||15||5|
|Last 5 Games||5-0||+4||4-1||3-2||105.0||54.0||53.3%||49.2||93.8||49.6||44.4%||46.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||103.0||51.5||38-77||49.7%||9-22||39.5%||17-23||75.5%||47||8||23||19||9||13||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.1||49.4||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.1%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||106.5||53.5||39-77||50.9%||9-21||40.6%||19-25||77.5%||46||8||23||19||9||13||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||94.9||48.8||36-81||44.0%||8-22||34.9%||16-21||76.4%||48||11||20||20||8||15||3|
|vs opponents averaging||97.3||49||37-82||44.9%||7-20||35.6%||16-22||75.1%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||95.5||49.3||36-81||44.5%||8-23||34.2%||16-21||75.7%||47||10||18||21||8||15||2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MILWAUKEE 95.3, MIAMI 94.8|
|4/5/2013||@ NEW YORK||83-101||L||7||L||202||U||29-76||38.2%||47||13||41-89||46.1%||54||9|
|4/17/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||95-89||W||3.5||W||201.5||U||36-85||42.4%||61||12||37-89||41.6%||47||8|
|4/23/2013||@ MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/25/2013||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/28/2013||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/29/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||108-89||W||-7.5||W||188.5||O||42-69||60.9%||32||13||34-74||45.9%||43||19|
|3/31/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||88-86||W||9||W||194||U||33-71||46.5%||37||10||35-79||44.3%||57||12|
|4/23/2013||MILWAUKEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/25/2013||@ MILWAUKEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/28/2013||@ MILWAUKEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|MILWAUKEE: GUARDS: BRANDON JENNINGS benefitted from the arrival of Monta Ellis last year. He has the offense and system to thrive, and now needs to prove he can be efficient enough to be a star . . . MONTA ELLIS played second fiddle to Jennings last year, and really struggled to shoot the ball. The Bucks now play the kind of tempo he likes, but he'll have to adjust to playing off the ball more often . . . BENO UDRIH won't see a ton of action off the bench considering Jennings and Ellis play so many minutes. If a starter gets hurt, he could step in and hit a lot of threes . . . Second-rounder DORON LAMB has some upside as a future sixth man, but figures to ride the bench this year once his torn elbow ligament heals. FORWARDS: ERSAN ILYASOVA should finally get some respect from Skiles after starring down the stretch last year . . . MIKE DUNLEAVY re-emerged as a legitimate three-point threat, though he doesn't do much else . . . DREW GOODEN's role should shrink with Ilyasova stepping up and Sam Dalembert coming in . . . LUC RICHARD MBAH a MOUTE is coming off knee surgery, but he's improving as a rebounder and can play both forward spots off the bench . . . Rookie JOHN HENSON is a defensive stud and does enough as a screener to get decent minutes early . . . TOBIAS HARRIS was a Summer League star, but he's too much of a 'tweener to thrive in the NBA . . . EKPE UDOH provides defense and rebounding off the bench . . . LARRY SANDERS has potential, but this frontcourt is too crowded for him to make an impact. CENTERS: SAM DALEMBERT fell in and out of favor in Houston, but he's exactly what the Bucksneed as a defensive presence in the paint. Milwaukee has numerous players who can man the five in spots (Ekpe Udoh, Drew Gooden), but Dalembert is by far their best defensive option and should see big minutes . . . JOEL PRZYBILLA signed on in August to provide back-end depth on the pine.|
|MIAMI: GUARDS: The regular season goal for DWYANE WADE is to just stay healthy. Even following knee surgery, he's still good enough to pile up numbers, but the minutes won't be there in the regular season . . . That's why the Heat brought in RAY ALLEN. He and Wade will share the floor at times, but Allen should primarily play off the bench. His role will be to knock down the wide-open threes Wade and LeBron James create . . . After all the big plays he made in the postseason, MARIO CHALMERS is entrenched as the starting point guard, despite being plagued by a bad hammy in the preseason . . . Super-quick NORRIS COLE looks like he'll become one of the NBA's better backup point guards . . . If he doesn't retire, the absurdly brittle MIKE MILLER will see limited regular-season minutes . . . TERREL HARRIS will likely make the team because he's willing to play defense. FORWARDS: While another title is their No. 1 priority, LeBRON JAMES has shown no need to rest during the regular season. He'll play full-time minutes and be in the thick of the MVP race . . . CHRIS BOSH remains integral to the offense with his ability to pull opposing bigs away from the basket. His stats don't reflect his actual value . . . SHANE BATTIER will continue to be a defensive specialist whose offensive role is limited to shooting open threes . . . UDONIS HASLEM is another guy who will get held back in the regular season. He should lead their low-post rotation . . . RASHARD LEWIS' knee problems have robbed him of athleticism . . . But Lewis should beat out fellow shooter JAMES JONES for a rotation spot . . . JARVIS VARNADO is a shot-blocking force with little to no offensive game. CENTERS: JOEL ANTHONY will continue to tag-team with Haslem in the middle. Anthony is an absolute negative on the offensive end, but he brings more size and shot-blocking than Haslem . . . DEXTER PITTMAN will be battling for a roster spot. Sexy Dexy has shown no signs of being an NBA-caliber player so far in his career . . . MICKELL GLADNESS is a better alternative than Pittman on both ends of the floor.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW (MILWAUKEE-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates with quotes, details. With AP Photos.)
*Bucks-Heat Preview* ====================
By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer
Milwaukee At Miami, Game Two, 7:30 p.m. EDT
MIAMI (AP) -- Long after just about every Miami Heat player left the practice court on Monday, LeBron James stayed behind for a 3-point shooting contest against Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers.
He yelled. He trash-talked.
And he won, getting to watch his teammates do 20 push-ups as his reward.
There is a certain irony in James staying on the court after practice to work on his shooting, especially since there are nights he controls games without looking to score. When he took 11 shots in an NBA Finals game two years ago, he became a lightning rod for criticism.
These days, an 11-shot game from James - like what he had Sunday when the Heat won Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series against Milwaukee - gets celebrated for effective brilliance. He's controlling the game in any number of ways, and will try to continue doing so when the Heat and Bucks meet in Game 2 of the best-of-seven matchup on Tuesday night in Miami.
"The narrative has changed about him, about our team," Heat forward Shane Battier said. "A championship changes that. I don't think LeBron's changed. That's who LeBron is. LeBron's going to make the smart basketball play. He's going to make the right play. If that entails him taking 11 shots and we win, he's going to do it. If it entails him taking 30 shots, he's going to do it."
James will likely be named as the NBA's MVP for the fourth time in five seasons sometime in the not-too-distant future, and with each season, he still seems to be getting better.
He made 9 of 11 shots on Sunday in Miami's 110-87 win, finishing with 27 points and two assists shy of a triple-double. In his first seven-plus seasons, James never shot better than 75 percent in any game in which he took more than 10 shots. Since April 2011, he's done it 11 times, including Sunday, and the Heat are 11-0 in those games.
"We don't take his talent for granted because he does whatever it takes to help you win," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
When the Bucks broke down film after Game 1, coach Jim Boylan paid particular attention to the way his team defended James, a job that fell largely onto the shoulders of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
Boylan raved about Mbah a Moute's effort after seeing that film. James was just too good in Game 1.
"It's hard to say, `You didn't do this, you didn't do that' because Luc was into him the whole time," Boylan said. "LeBron just had a great game."
So now the trick for the Bucks - who are 1-4 against Miami this season - is finding ways to get Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis some help on the offensive end. Jennings and Ellis combined for 48 points in Game 1; their teammates chipped in only 39 more.
If that becomes a trend, the Bucks know they'll be on vacation by early next week.
"No one's in a panic," Boylan said. "We've played one game. It's time for us to take a look and see what we can do and figure out how we can help those guys."
There were some encouraging signs for the Bucks on Monday.
Center Larry Sanders, who has battled back pain in recent weeks and was marred by foul trouble that kept him from finding anything close to a rhythm in Game 1, said he felt as good Monday - 80 percent right was his estimation - as he has in a while. And Boylan said Ersan Ilyasova, who has dealt with a wrist problem, shouldn't still be adversely affected by that issue.
"For us, I don't think we look at it as it's a seven-game series and we've got to win four out of seven," Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy said. "We've got to win one game. When we win one game, then we'll say, `Hey, we've got to win another one game.' To look at it as a whole and say we've got to beat these guys four times out of seven when they haven't lost four times out of 50, it's monumental."
That team that Dunleavy said hasn't lost four times out of 50 - actually, the Heat are 43-4 in their last 47 games - looked at itself with very critical eyes on Monday.
The videotape session that Spoelstra arranged for the Heat at the start of practice Monday lasted an hour, and the clips were not ones the team particularly enjoyed seeing. A night loaded with mistakes were on display in high-definition. Some, including Dwyane Wade, said the scene had a day-after-a-loss feel.
And remember, it was actually after a 23-point win.
"That's one thing Coach Spo does a great job of," Wade said. "He's always making sure that we move on and we move into the new moment. That moment has passed. That's one thing he's been very consistent at."
One area where the Heat struggled in Game 1 was 3-point shooting, where they went 7 for 23. So maybe that was why James lured Allen and Chalmers into that post-practice contest.
He would yell at his shots, pleading with them to "Get up" or "Sit down." When Chalmers or Allen would miss, James would shout "That's what I needed." And when he took his final attempt, the one that clinched the game, James knew he'd won when the ball was still in flight, saying "Game time" just before the shot went down.
"I've got to stay ready, I guess," James said. "I've got to stay ready."
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 4:31:50 AM EST|