The Miami Heat were finally able to get a victory over the Brooklyn Nets after losing all four contests during the regular season.
“It’s one,” Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But I liked the energy, the activity.”
“The biggest thing we’re going to have to do is make adjustments to their adjustments, and do it fast,” Heat forward Dwyane Wade said. “They’re going to come out, obviously, having seen some things that worked that maybe they didn’t do much and we have to come out and make adjustments to that.”
One adjustment the Nets need to make: attack the rim.
“We took a lot of jump shots, a lot of contested twos,” said Nets guard Shaun Livingston.
According to NBA’s SportsVu Player Tracking data, the Nets made just five of their 23 shots at the rim while a Miami player was defending it. That’s the lowest percentage for them in the playoffs by far.
By contrast, the Heat made 64.4 percent of their contested shots in Game 1.
The Nets went a combined 1 for 8 against Miami’s “Big 3,” 0 for 4 against “The Birdman” Chris Andersen and a missed five-foot jumper by Brooklyn’s Andray Blatche in the third set Miami on a run to victory.