Scouting report: Heat vs. Mavs Game 6
Miami should look to attack more with their dump downs into Shaquille O'Neal to start the offense. The emphasis that Dallas puts on stopping him opens up so many lanes for cutters and drives on closeouts after the ball is thrown out of the post. The hardest thing in basketball to do defensively is defend closeouts: running out to your man from a help or double-team position. This is where the Heat should look to capitalize more than they do.Turnovers and free throws: We have been talking about these two statistics all series. The Heat took care of the ball in Game 5 with only 10 turnovers, but Shaq's free-throw problems almost cost them the game. At the line, Wade was 21-for-25 (84 percent), O'Neal was 2-for-12 (17 percent) and the rest of the team was a combined 9-for-12 (75 percent). It is even amazing that with the Heat missing a total of 17 free throws that they were able to extend this game to overtime and win it. This will not happen in Dallas. The Heat and O'Neal must make a decent percentage from the foul line to win this series.
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