In the NBA Finals, the Heat tied the series a against the Nuggets and left Michael Malone irritated with Denver’s posture in the defensive system
michael malone left angry with the game that the Nuggets did against the heat in the decision of NBA. The second match between the teams took place last Sunday night, the 4th, and who came out with the victory was Miami, who got a score of 111 to 108, away from home, and brought even more confidence to the squad commanded by Spoelstra. However, for the Denver side, the team’s coach was extremely disappointed with their defense.
“Let’s talk about effort. Tonight, the starting lineup to start the game was 10-2 Miami. Early in the third quarter, they scored 11 points in (just over two minutes). We had guys out there who were just feeling sorry for themselves for not making pitches or thinking they could just turn it on or off. This is not the preseason, this is not the regular season. This is the NBA Finals. This, to me, is very, very disconcerting, disappointing.“, it started.
Malone pointed to some specific defensive errors and made it clear that he didn’t like what he saw of the Nuggets against the Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. According to him, Denver’s biggest problem since the first confrontation between the two was precisely its defense. He even recalled some mistakes made by his defenders even in the victory over Miami in Game 1.
“They started the fourth quarter 13-2. For me, the wheels really fell off to start the fourth quarter. They were getting what they wanted, 3s, layups, and that allowed them to once again sit in their strike zone, slow the game down, and we had a hard time getting stops – and then we struggled to make baskets on the other side. Our defense has to be much better. There are two quarters, game 1 and game 2, where our defense in the fourth quarter was non-existent“, he explained.
In addition, he completed his outburst with a scolding at his players: “Miami came here and beat us. We were by far our least disciplined game of those 16 or 17 playoff games. So many failures. They exploited each of our flaws and scored. If we’re going to try to go out there and regain control of this series and regain home field advantage, we’re going to have to overcome Miami, which we didn’t do tonight, and our discipline is going to have to be off the charts.“.
It is with the score of 1 to 1 that Heat and Nuggets will face off in Game 3, the first of the series at the Kaseya Center. The match will take place this Wednesday, 7, at 21:30 (Brasília time). Whoever comes out with the victory will take a fundamental step towards the title of the most desired competition in world basketball.
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