Scouting report: Pistons vs. Heat Game 3

Updated: May 27, 2006, 3:10 PM ET
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.

Heat Offense: It is hard to win a playoff game when you have 19 turnovers. It is even harder to win when your best player has nine of them. Dwyane Wade had five turnovers in Game 1, and he is averaging seven per game. He has to know that the Detroit defense is predicated on stopping him. He must limit spin dribbles, be more alert on drives and make the simple passes.

Shaquille O'Neal needs to get the ball more. Late in the game with the Heat down only six, Miami settled for two, 3-point shots and Shaq never touched the ball. This is unacceptable. Except for a period early in the third quarter where Shaq went into a funk, the Pistons have not proved that they can stop him when he gets deep position.

John Carroll

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John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.