By John Harris |@JHBasketball
Wade, James too much for Indiana in Game 4:
It took a combined 70pts from ‘the big two’ to keep Miami in the game with the Pacers, it took South Beach stalwart Udonis Haslem to push them over the edge to victory. Haslem hit three huge mid-range jumpers in the 4th quarter after the coverage left him open to double Wade or Lebron. Each was a dagger to Pacer hearts and were the kind of shots Miami are going to need to fall in this postseason, giving some reliable scoring outside #6 and #3. The Pacers brought another balanced attack but Hibbert and West struggled with foul trouble and combined for only 18pts and the team as a whole had problems every time Lebron drove the hoop. This was a must-win for Miami who can now try to ride home advantage back to the conference finals, but don’t write off Indiana just yet.
“Me and ‘Bron had it going. We played off of each other very well. We both were aggressive at the same time. That’s beautiful basketball for the Miami Heat when we play that way.”
- Dwyane Wade
Ruthless Spurs too much for Clippers in Sweep:
Too little, too late. Chris Paul finally found his feet in this series to the tune of 23pts and 11 dimes but had key turnovers and misses down the stretch and LA couldn’t stave off elimination against the playoffs’ only undefeated team. The Spurs had 6 players in double figures and shot better than 50% from the field in the clincher, but at least LA made this one close. Blake Griffin suffered a bloody lip but added 21pts for the Clips, who led in the 4th quarter before Paul’s miscues and San Antonio’s foul shooting sealed the game.
“To let my team down in that situation is probably the toughest part of the season. We scrapped, we played hard. At the end of the day, playing hard isn’t always enough. You got to execute. On that last play, at least we could have gotten a shot off and I turned the ball over.”
- Chris Paul
San Francisco Warriors? Golden State aiming to move across the Bay:
The Golden State Warriors may be on the move to San Francisco, according to rumours around the League. The Warriors started life in the 1940s in Philadelphia before moving to San Francisco in the 60s and spending nearly 10 years as the San Francisco Warriors. They played all over the Bay Area before settling in Oakland and becoming the Golden State Warriors in the early 70s. The Warriors’ new ownership (who took over in 2010) have already proved unpopular with fans, and this move — albeit not a far one — will not serve to endear them further to the Warriors community.
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