Scouting Report: Pistons-Heat Game 5

Second-chance points and fast-break opportunities will determine the Pistons-Heat Game 5 winner.

Originally Published: May 21, 2005
By Brian James | ESPN Insider
ESPN Insider Brian James will provide scouting reports throughout the NBA playoffs.

Keys in Game 4
Miami: When Coach Stan Van Gundy prepared for Game 4, it is doubtful that foul trouble dominated his thinking. Playing Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning together in spurts probably was at the top of his list. But things changed when O'Neal got in foul trouble at the 5:48 mark of the first quarter with the game tied. Shaq played sparingly in the first half, less than eight minutes, before getting three fouls. Zo picked up his third foul at the 3:30 mark of the second quarter, and watched as the Pistons went on a 14-4 run before halftime to go up by 14 at the break. This affected Van Gundy's rotation the entire evening. In fact, Shaq and Zo didn't play together until the seven-minute mark of the fourth. Leading scorer Dwyane Wade was picked up end line to end line by Richard Hamilton and/or Lindsey Hunter. Wade still managed 28 points, making a very respectable 10 of 22 shots, but afterwards said he was disappointed he didn't make more of his open looks. Shaq finished with only 25 minutes and 12 points. This was also the first road loss in the postseason for Miami, now 5-1.