Scouting report: Pistons vs. Heat Game 4

Updated: May 29, 2006, 7:37 PM ET
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.
Heat Offense: Shaquille O'Neal said, "Stick to the script." He thought his team took way too many jumpers in Game 2 and he demanded that they bring him the ball. Shaq delivered in Game 3 with energy, deep post ups, and lift and explosion on his post moves. His teammates heeded his request and threw him the ball early and often. Shaq is correct about the offense going to him. He is a high percentage option. When he gets the ball and he delivers the Heat win. The question is can Shaq repeat this type of performance every game? If he does the Heat will win this series.

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.