The Heat Scorched the Hornets Selfish Offense Again; Lin Aggressive in Limited Role

For the 2nd game in a row, the selfish Hornets offense kept losing the assist battle in 2 games (20-46) against the Heat:

Game 1: 11-27
Game 2: 9-19

Jeremy Lin managed to be aggressive in his limited role to finish with 11pts/2rebs (2-7 shooting, 7-8 FTs) in 26 min. His +/- of +3 was the second highest for the Hornets. He managed to scores 8 of last 10 points to tie the game 27-27 with 1 min left to go in the 1st Q. He rested with 6:48 left the 2nd quarter with the score tied at 43 but the Hornets allowed 29-17 run as Clifford did not bring Lin back.

    1. With the teamball concept nowhere to be found, the Heat managed to shoot better (58% FGM, 56% 3FGM with 9-16 clip) over the Hornets who struggled with an abysmal 6.3% 3FGM (1-16) and 43% FGM
    2. Despite improving defense with the Hornets winning the rebounding battle (39-35) and the Hornets shot more FTs (37-21), the Hornets was unable to capitalize to steal a win.
    3. Kemba ISO offense was not helping with ball movement and good shot selection to find open shooters. His 12-29 shooting to produce 29pts/3asts was in a stark contrast with an effective Dwayne Wade (28pts/8asts with 11-22 shooting). Marvin Williams cold shooting (0-10) also did not help the cause.
    4. Batum had a severe ankle sprain and it is unlikely that he will be back in this series as Al Jefferson commented
    5. The Hornets could not  slow down Hassan Whiteside 17pts/13rebs with perfect 8-8 shooting. He got into foul trouble with 5 but the Hornets did not do enough to stop him.
    6. Isiah Thomas with NBA TV said the Hornets must figure out ball movement, shot selection and PnR defense if they want to win over Heat.

With the possibility of Jeremy Lin starting, the question remains if Lin will be trusted to direct the offense. It will only work if Coach Clifford asks Kemba not to rely on individual ISOs and trust his teammates with a balanced offense. If Clifford does not make  drastic change, we can expect the Hornets to be swept 0-4 in the series.

The Hornets need to play their brand of unselfish teamball so they can find open 3pt shooters to have any chance to win 1 game.


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